City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee

City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee

Philadelphia City Council passed and amended a series of bills Thursday. Notable were new guidelines to provide Gun Violence Protection Orders and the establishment of city-funded defendant lawyers for those facing eviction.
 
With the vote, Philadelphia becomes the fifth major city to subsidize defense for low-income renters facing legal proceedings towards eviction. The bill was sponsored by Councilmember Helen Gym (D-At Large) and co-sponsored by six other councilmembers.
Thursday, November 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Rep. White elected chair of Philadelphia GOP

Rep. White elected chair of Philadelphia GOP

The Philadelphia GOP elected Rep. Martina White to party chair Tuesday night, following the resignation of Michael Meehan over the weekend.
 
The change in leadership follows the party losing an at-large seat in City Council to a third-party candidate for the first time in history and mayoral nominee Billy Ciancaglini failing to unite Republicans in a serious challenge to the re-elected Jim Kenney (D). White becomes the first woman to chair either major party in the commonwealth’s largest county.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Gov. Wolf, Sec. Levine speak on progress against opioids

Gov. Wolf, Sec. Levine speak on progress against opioids

Governor Tom Wolf (D) told the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society Friday that the state has seen some positive results in the battle to reverse the opioid epidemic.
 
In January 2018, Wolf signed an emergency declaration to help combat the opioid and heroin disaster. Since then, state agencies have collaborated through the Opioid Command Center, and have been assisted by outside stakeholders.
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
DraftKings launches online sportsbook in PA

DraftKings launches online sportsbook in PA

While many eyes were on the general election this week, online gaming in Pennsylvania experienced a huge boost with the launch of PokerStars, the state’s first online poker site. Thursday, the daily fantasy powerhouse DraftKings’ online sportsbook goes live in the Keystone State.
 
Both sites were approved recently by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and went through soft testing windows earlier in the week. The commonwealth now has six online sportsbooks and four online casinos to compete with the dozen brick and mortar casinos.
Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
DiGirolamo wins county commissioner seat

DiGirolamo wins county commissioner seat

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) won his Bucks County commissioners election Tuesday, finishing second of four for the three seats on the board. DiGirolamo has been in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 1995.  

DiGirolamo ran this year after the retirement of Vice-Chairman Charles Martin. He ran alongside Chairman Robert Loughery, who finished last in the general election.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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