Amid harm reduction conversations, lawmaker pushes for needle exchanges to be legal statewide

Amid harm reduction conversations, lawmaker pushes for needle exchanges to be legal statewide

Legislators are once again pushing for needle and syringe exchanges to be made legal statewide, pointing to evidence that they could be beneficial in combating the state’s opioid crisis, amid a broader conversation taking place across the city of Philadelphia, the state and the nation over how best to address drug addiction.

The proposal, introduced last week by Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), is part of a harm reduction paradigm increasingly embraced by activists and health professionals. That model is designed to accept the reality of drug use in society and, instead of criminalizing it, instead aims to mitigate its negative consequences while putting users on a path to treatment. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations designed to address the threat posed to the state by climate change.

DePasquale’s 40-page report suggested that state and local entities are ill-prepared for the potential effects of climate change and that Pennsylvania will endure increased financial and health impacts if state lawmakers fail to act. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Report: FBI launches corruption investigation into Wolf Administration’s handling of controversial pipeline project

Report: FBI launches corruption investigation into Wolf Administration’s handling of controversial pipeline project

The FBI has launched a corruption investigation into the Wolf Administration regarding its approval of a controversial pipeline project that stretches across the state, the Associated Press is reporting.

 

The nation’s top law enforcement agency is probing whether or not Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration forced staff at the Department of Environmental Protection to approve the Mariner East pipeline project, and whether or not Wolf or his staff received anything in return, according to the AP’s Marc Levy.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor on Tuesday said that an ethane cracker plant in southwestern Pennsylvania could play a role in transitioning the state toward an energy efficient future.

 

Speaking to KDKA Radio, Gov. Tom Wolf said that the Shell petrochemical complex in Beaver County will prove critical to producing materials needed to push Pennsylvania toward sustainable energy, including components for solar panels and electric vehicles. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Report: 70 percent of young people in state not ready for military service

Report: 70 percent of young people in state not ready for military service

Economists, lawmakers and business owners have framed the state’s workforce needs in economic, political and moral terms. Now an advocacy group and the state’s adjutant general are arguing it may be an issue of national security as well.

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers, former military officers and Gov. Tom Wolf gathered Tuesday to unveil a report from the state chapter of Mission Readiness, which argues the state’s workforce needs to be better trained and that more investment is needed in early childhood education, K-12 schooling and physical fitness for the commonwealth’s youth.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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