Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Despite less visibly smog-filled air, Pittsburgh and areas that surround it continue to struggle with air quality. Aside making lists of worst places in the nation air quality-wise, a Christmas Eve Clairton Coke Works fire reminded residents and elect officials alike of the threat pollution poses to the most vulnerable in the city and in Allegheny County.

This week U.S. Steel announced that it had completed its repairs, but worries linger. After a post-agenda on air quality called by Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5), it’s clear the county has a long way to go where air quality is concerned.

Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: healthair
Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

State lawmakers have found common ground in the past year, tackling issues such as ethics reform, drug addiction and workforce development. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in even more collaborative efforts, including those that continue to address the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as occupational licensure reform. 

In the past week, a variety of proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly, touching on everything from occupational licensure to criminal justice reform. In this week’s feature, we look at some of the newest proposals introduced in Harrisburg and what they could mean for Pennsylvania citizens.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County

Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County

Delaware County officials and advocates joined the sponsors of two bills introduced in Harrisburg aiming to reduce gun violence Friday. Extreme risk protection orders, or ERPOs, serve as ways families and others can have firearms removed from the possession of those considered a threat to themselves or others.

ERPO laws exist in 14 states currently, including four that border Pennsylvania. Across the state, there have been more concerted efforts for protective laws, notably following the horrific shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last October.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Rabb seeks support for legislation that would fine legislators who leave due to felony related issues

Rabb seeks support for legislation that would fine legislators who leave due to felony related issues

Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) joined The PLS Reporter to talk about legislation that would fine legislators $100,000 who resign or are expelled from the legislature and then are convicted of a felony. 

Rabb discussed how expensive special elections are and how currently tax payer dollars are how they are being funded. He believes that if legislators must leave due to a conflict that results in a felony, they should be paying for the special election race, not the taxpayers. 

Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Tweets of the Week - April 1, 2019

Tweets of the Week - April 1, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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