Smart Talk Wednesday: New state house leader talks priorities; With race-relations, is history repeating itself?

When Pennsylvania State Representative Bryan Cutler was elected two weeks ago as the 141st Speaker of the House he became the most visible and powerful member of the elected body.

Cutler, a Republican, first came to office in 2007 and represents part of Lancaster County in the 100th legislative district. He fills the speaker position that was vacated by Mike Turzai on June 15th.

Representative Cutler joins Smart Talk to share his legislative priorities and how he plans to bridge party divisions.

Many Americans agree that a transformation of modern policing is needed following George Floyd’s death while in police custody.

But that was also said following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in 2014. And before that in 2011 after the police-involved shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. And the list goes on.

Will the death of George Floyd in 2020 be any different?

Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Officer Trent Hargrove, J.D., is optimistic it will, but he wrote an article recently in the Association’s Journal cautioning members that history is repeating itself and the legal profession is in a unique position to influence the outcome.

Trent Hargrove joins Smart Talk to share his perspective.