Tuesday's press events discussed new fracking violations laws, bills to strengthen PA's PFA laws, and more

Tuesday's press events discussed new fracking violations laws, bills to strengthen PA's PFA laws, and more

Today at the Capitol members of the PennEnviornment Research and Policy center held a press conference to release a new report.

Also in the main rotunda there was the Fayette County Special Olympics contestants campaigned for “spread the word to end the word”.

Also, a group of senators unveiled four new bills that they are hoping offer more protection to victims of domestic abuse. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner held a press conference Tuesday to call on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to address the “public health crisis” that is elevated lead levels in city drinking water.

 

“We cannot continue the delays, and we cannot continue to fail to address what is the elephant in the room, the fact that lead is leaching through the lines in one of four of the homes that are serviced by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA),” said Controller Wagner. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate begins reboot process for municipal gun ordinance preemption bill

Senate begins reboot process for municipal gun ordinance preemption bill

The Senate Local Government Committee Tuesday morning began the reboot of a proposal that would ensure state gun laws preempt municipal gun ordinances by granting membership organizations standing to bring suit on behalf of an aggrieved member.

 

The bill—Senate Bill 5 introduced by freshman Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria)—is the latest iteration of legislation that was actually enacted under the Gov. Tom Corbett administration, but later struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on an issue unrelated to the underlying proposal.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Dem. Policy Committee debates municipal state police fee in Pittsburgh

House Dem. Policy Committee debates municipal state police fee in Pittsburgh

The House Democratic Policy Committee met in Pittsburgh Monday afternoon to examine a proposal that would charge a state police fee for municipalities without a local police force. 

The hearing focused on a recent Legislative Budget and Finance Committee review of the Motor License Fund and its support of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Per the state constitution, a provision states that funding provided to the PSP from the Motor License Fund must relate to highway safety. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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