Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

From reversing the city’s soda tax, to overriding Philadelphia’s sick leave policy and overturning a bulletproof glass ban for the city’s “stop and gos”, the city’s laws have been in the House’s sights.

Now, Philadelphia may get another pre-emption, as Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) wants to ban all safe injection sites in the commonwealth.

“Being in favor of this treatment is completely crazy,” Knowles said. “You’re going to have someone oversee someone use illegal drugs? It’s against the law. What about the liability of people administering the drugs?”

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Single payer in Pennsylvania? House Democrats hold roundtable on proposal

Single payer in Pennsylvania? House Democrats hold roundtable on proposal

Sara Atkins is a mother of five children who are all described as “medically complicated.” They all have one of Tourette’s, OCD, ADHD, and other mental illnesses.

One of her children has to have treatment that costs $30,000 per month.

House Democrats hope that HB 1688 could alleviate some of that stress. The House Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Bala Cynwyd outside Philadelphia this week to have an open discussion about health care in Pennsylvania.
Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

The Senate Appropriations Committee met at Temple University Tuesday to analyze the Philadelphia Healthy and Safe Schools Initiative that has kicked off in two inner-city elementary schools, Bethune and Kenderton.

Under Act 44, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine will work on implementing reforms at two K-8 schools in Philadelphia that take into account students’ mental health.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Philly construction tax, meant to fund affordable housing, waits on decision of mayor

Philly construction tax, meant to fund affordable housing, waits on decision of mayor

Affordable housing is dwindling in Philadelphia. But like in Pittsburgh, Philly’s city council thinks it has a solution.

Back in June, the council passed a construction bill that would tax all new development at one percent. That money is supposed to go directly the Housing Trust Fund, which supports the production and preservation of affordable housing in the city.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move — but not for a few years

Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move — but not for a few years

The controversial Frank Rizzo statue that stands at the steps of the Municipal Services Building Plaza on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th and Broad Streets is not coming down any time soon.

Rather, it is looking like it won’t be moved for another two to three years, according to Mayor Jim Kenney. 

For Kenney, the statue just isn’t a priority right now. He said that he wants to deal with the opioid crisis and education first. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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