News: Statements

May 26, 2021

Statement by Attorney General Josh Shapiro On Judge’s Order For Graham Spanier To Begin Serving Prison Sentence

HARRISBURG — Graham Spanier, a former Penn State President who was previously found guilty of misdemeanor child endangerment over his handling of a 2001 complaint regarding Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of a boy in the football team’s locker room, was ordered today by Judge John Boccabella, visiting senior judge from Berks County, to begin serving his sentence on July 9, 2021.

AG Shapiro Statement On DOJ’s Positive Step Toward Closing Ghost Gun Loophole

May 7, 2021

Today, the Department of Justice announced a proposed rule would modernize the definition of “frame or receiver” and help close a regulatory loophole associated with the un-serialized DIY firearms and gun kits. Ghost guns typically start as “80% receivers,” which can be quickly assembled, lack serial numbers so they cannot be traced, and, once fully assembled, can operate as fully functioning firearms. Please see the statement below from Attorney General Josh Shapiro:

AG Shapiro Statement On U.S. DOL’s Withdrawal Of Trump-Era “Independent Contractor” Rule

May 5, 2021

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it will withdraw the Trump administration’s “Independent Contractor” rule, which changed the test for independent contractor status, potentially misclassifying many employees and stripping them of legal protections. Included below is a statement from Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

AG Shapiro Statement on Senate Judiciary’s Vote To Pass Civil Window Statute

April 21, 2021

Please see Attorney General Shapiro’s statement regarding the passage of the civil window statute by the Pennsylvania Senate’s Judiciary Committee.