Push to create unpaid medical leave gets renewed energy, though question marks remain

Push to create unpaid medical leave gets renewed energy, though question marks remain

At a time when the debate over paid family leave rages at the national level, lawmakers are eyeing a push to make it easier for employees to take unpaid leave in order to care for a sick relative.

The measure, authored by Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester), would entitle a worker to up to six weeks of unpaid leave to care for a terminally ill sibling, grandparent or grandchild. It was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

The full House voted Tuesday to approve a major increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, despite concerns from Democrats over elements ranging from the bill’s escalator clause to allegations that certain schools discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion.

Past increases to the EITC have drawn broad bipartisan support. 31 Democrats voted in favor of a more modest increase to the EITC and its counterpart, the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit, last session.

Tuesday, however, only four Democrats voted to join Republicans in supporting the measure. That is due, critics say, to the more drastic nature of the legislation. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines

City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines

Members of Philadelphia City Council Tuesday questioned members of the City Commissioner’s office on the acquisition process of the new voting machines slated to handle next year’s primary elections.  

 

Philadelphia must replace over 3,700 voting machines this year to meet the state’s new criteria for safe elections with paper-backed results. The city commissioners approved a vendor earlier this year but advocates and the city controller have sought investigations into the bidding process. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

A bipartisan group of senators banded together Tuesday to call for legislative action on lead poisoning as they unveiled bills to address lead contamination in homes, buildings and water systems. 

The legislative package is a direct result of the state’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure, which was established in 2017. Led by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), the senators announced bills that would require universal lead testing for children, mandate inspections of child-care facilities, establish a statewide lead-free housing registry, and require all school drinking systems to be inspected and certified. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Rabb and Killion reintroduce legislation to push commonwealth towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

Rabb and Killion reintroduce legislation to push commonwealth towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

A bipartisan group of legislators joined together Tuesday morning to re-introduce legislation that would require by the year 2050 that the commonwealth get 100 of its energy from renewable sources. 

Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) introduced House Bill 1425 while Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 630. Killion is the first Republican senator to introduce this type of legislation in the country. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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