Pittsburgh City Council calls on state to reform redistricting process

Pittsburgh City Council calls on state to reform redistricting process

In an effort to end what many in the political world consider the unfair practice of gerrymandering in state and congressional legislative districts, Pittsburgh City Council presented a resolution Tuesday to support two state bills that aim to reform the process by which legislative districts are redrawn.

The Will of Council presented by a number of city councilmembers calls the decennial drawing of districts a “detriment of our representative democracy,” and argued that the state, and the city of Pittsburgh, “deserve a fair, fully transparent, impartial and depoliticized process.”
Tuesday, October 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Councilman Gilman seeks to ban firearms in Pittsburgh city parks

Councilman Gilman seeks to ban firearms in Pittsburgh city parks

Unlike Pennsylvania state parks where the use or possession of firearms outside of a law enforcement officer is prohibited, Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) says no such law exists in the city for its city parks. 


That’s why on Tuesday he introduced an ordinance before City Council that directly mirrors state law to ban anyone from carrying uncased guns in parks except in areas designated for target practice or hunting during hunting season.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

After receiving the correct amount petition signatures, a group of voting-rights advocates were granted a public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council Wednesday to place an election-related referendum question on the fall City ballot.  


The advocates petitioned that the question read: “Shall City of Pittsburgh voters be provided with and use new voting equipment for the 2020 presidential election cycle (and thereafter) that utilizes a human-readable, voter-verifiable paper record as the primary officials record of the voter’s intent; that the voter can verify accurately reflects his or her intent while the voter is still in the process of voting; and that is usable for audits and recounts?”  

Thursday, August 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Dozens of advocates filled the Pittsburgh City Council chambers Wednesday during a public comment period before council members in an effort to spur officials to designate Pittsburgh as an official sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

The public comment period was brought to city council by a petition campaign driven by Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition. Public forums in front of city council can be triggered by petitions with 25 collected signatures.

Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition’s petition requests that city council pass legislation that would codify Pittsburgh as a so-called “sanctuary city”, which would make it illegal for any city agencies and the Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). There is no drafted legislation to designate Pittsburgh as a sanctuary city currently in city council.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council held a post agenda meeting Tuesday on preliminary discussions on programs aimed at stimulating commercial and residential development in several targeted city neighborhoods.

Much of the dialogue at the meeting, headed by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), centered around the necessity to construct comprehensive tax exemption programs for real estate developers that fit into the current – and future – conditions of Pittsburgh’s economy and demographics.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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