U.S. Rep. Doyle raises alarm for action on climate change legislation in Pittsburgh town hall

U.S. Rep. Doyle raises alarm for action on climate change legislation in Pittsburgh town hall

In Soldiers and Sailors on Wednesday night, US Rep. Mike Doyle gathered residents and environmental experts to discuss climate change and its impact on the commonwealth.

After two hours of questions and urgent warnings, the theme was clear: the world is running out of time to mitigate the threat climate change poses to survival. Starting off the night’s discussion Doyle doubled down on the science behind climate change.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 19: Sun, sand and property tax reform

Right 2 Know Episode 19: Sun, sand and property tax reform

Come on down to the ol' Right 2 Know homestead, as we talk about the push to eliminate property taxes. Justin shares what he learned from a Senate Republican Policy Committee Hearing on the topic and he hears from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) on what might be a path forward to reform. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the show on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.  
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners voted to maintain their contracted purchase of new voting machines from Election Services and Software. They did so despite the protest of citizens and the city’s Controller, who is still investigating the transaction. 

The City Commissioners voted in February to order over 3,000 new machines to satisfy the state’s mandate for new machines by the 2020 elections. The proposal has been met with opposition and controversy, from the questionable history of the machines to possible bribery used to influence and win this contract.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would enact more safeguards to cut down on wrongful convictions, increase daycare safety through smoke detector inspections and expand access to solar energy.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

In an effort to combat gun violence across the commonwealth, including a high-profile incident in Philadelphia that resulted in six police officers being shot, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday creating a new office focused on gun violence prevention and aiming to improve data sharing across agencies.

The order was originally supposed to be signed Thursday but was postponed in the wake of the Philadelphia shooting, which garnered national headlines as a man held a handful of police officers hostage and kept scores more at bay for hours following an attempt to serve a search warrant.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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