Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

The Senate approved legislation earlier this month to create a bipartisan task force with the hopes of investigating the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem.  


Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced the resolution with the knowledge that lead exposure can threaten the health and well-being of every Pennsylvanian- especially seniors and children.  


The resolution calls for an advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a review of state law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months.  


Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee announced Friday it has scheduled a long-awaited confirmation hearing for currently Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State-level lead remediation study group a step closer to formation

State-level lead remediation study group a step closer to formation

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday morning unanimously approved Senate Resolution 33, legislation introduced by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) that would form two groups to study the issue of lead remediation throughout the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers were rejoicing Thursday over the fact that all three of the region’s state prisons that were slated for potential closure will remain open.

 

The three that might have closed were SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 30

In our podcast for this week we talk to Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) about the potential closure of SCI Retreat and other state prisons after the administration's announcement last Friday that two of five named facilities will be mothballed.

Friday, January 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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