Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
As Wolf supports full DRBC fracking ban, Republican lawmakers gear up to pass a rebuke of the agency

As Wolf supports full DRBC fracking ban, Republican lawmakers gear up to pass a rebuke of the agency

As debate rages over a bill in the General Assembly which would discourage an interstate agency from fully banning fracking in eastern Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf has quietly come out in support of taking further action to ban natural gas drilling.

Wolf and Delaware Gov. John Carney last week joined New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in calling for the Delaware River Basin Commission to fully ban hydraulic fracking in their jurisdiction, which stretches from Wayne County in the far northeast region of the state down to the Philadelphia environs.
Thursday, May 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by state and local lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for his “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, a $4.5 billion proposal that would fund a series of “high-impact” projects through revenue generated from a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas. 

Wolf’s plan aspires to tackle a number of projects, including rural broadband internet access, storm preparedness, blight and lead remediation, as well as various infrastructure and transportation-related initiatives. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Despite a last-minute effort from lawmakers to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Generation has announced that the last remaining nuclear reactor at Dauphin County’s Three Mile Island power plant will shut down at the end of September.

The future of Three Mile Island has been at the center of a debate in the General Assembly on two bills that would have subsidized nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania by adding them to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

As the medical community doubles down on research backing the effectiveness and safety of vaccinations, one lawmaker in the House is hoping to pass a bill that would bar doctors from being able to dismiss patients from a practice, and take away their medical license if they do so. 
  

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) was joined by lawmakers, members of the medical community and dozens of parents Tuesday to introduce HB 286, a bill which promotes “informed consent” and aims to limit discrimination within the medical community. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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