As SCI Pittsburgh comes to a close, plans for development and prison closure reform ramp up

As SCI Pittsburgh comes to a close, plans for development and prison closure reform ramp up

Things are quietly winding down as the state correctional institution in Pittsburgh gets ready to permanently close its doors on June 30th. 

 

As of May 19th, there are zero inmates in the facility that once housed 1,921 convicted individuals, and only a few employees remain to finish out the closure process. Those remaining employees will begin their new assignments at surrounding facilities on May 21, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC). 

Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
DePasquale discusses PSERS audit findings

DePasquale discusses PSERS audit findings

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Thursday afternoon where he discussed his findings from his audit of the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). 


In his 151-page audit report that went from July 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017 there were 17 findings on six issues, and 37 recommendations. 


DePasquale stated that there is a need for legislative reform and operational improvements when it comes to PSERS.
Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) announced Thursday that they plan to introduce legislation to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC). 

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing

Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing

The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Thursday to discuss another consolidation attempt from Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal: the consolidation of the Department of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole.

This consolidation, under Senate Bill 522 and Senate Bill 523, would merge the two entities together, a system that a majority of other states use. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
County introduces measure to collect lead level data for children

County introduces measure to collect lead level data for children

Children in Allegheny County could soon be required to undergo testing for blood lead levels before enrolling in county schools.

An ordinance introduced Tuesday night at the Allegheny County Council meeting would mandate testing for children at approximately the ages of nine to 12 months old, with additional testing required again at 24 months of age.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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