Wolf signs sweeping election reform bill into law

Wolf signs sweeping election reform bill into law

First the first time in decades, Pennsylvania will see a comprehensive revamp of its election laws, a move that comes with over $90 million in aid to help county governments purchase new election machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

 

Legislation was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday that would overhaul the state’s election code — allowing voters to vote by mail, turn in absentee ballots later and register to vote closer to election day. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House Democratic Policy Committee explores expanding film tax credits

House Democratic Policy Committee explores expanding film tax credits

The House Democratic Policy Committee's meeting Thursday on the state’s film tax credit followed a predictable script. One big name, along with a series of executives and industry insiders, all discussing how to get more money to bring more projects to life.

Pennsylvania has offered tax credits to production companies making movies, shows, and commercials in the state since 2004. This fiscal year, $70 million is available to firms spending at least 60 percent of their production costs in the Keystone State.

Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

On Wednesday at a Climate Action summit, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his opposition to bringing additional petrochemical companies to Western Pennsylvania.

In his remarks Peduto stated that his objections stem from concern over the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the economy, and public health.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Dems, faith leaders push for tougher hate crime penalties

Dems, faith leaders push for tougher hate crime penalties

A bevy of lawmakers and faith leaders from across the commonwealth unveiled Wednesday a package of bills to better address hate crimes, coming less than a week after the anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Led by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), whose district includes the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting took place, the bills would give the state attorney general concurrent jurisdiction in hate crimes, expand legally protected groups and give law enforcement and educational institutions more resources to combat incidents of hate and bias.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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