Legislators make push to include mental and physical health disabilities in school curriculum

Legislators make push to include mental and physical health disabilities in school curriculum

In an effort to stymie the stigma that often follows an individual suffering from a mental health disability, state Representatives Dan Miller (D-Mt. Lebanon) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) have introduced legislation to add curriculum requirements for health classes across Pennsylvania to educate students in an age-appropriate manner about mental health, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Ortitay introduces minimum gas royalty landowner protection bill

Rep. Ortitay introduces minimum gas royalty landowner protection bill

Since the natural gas extraction boom hit Pennsylvania, some landowners who lease their properties to gas companies for drilling purposes have become the target of bare minimum payments by those very gas companies legally bound to pay them their fair share of a royalty check.

State lawmakers have heard numerous examples of drilling companies drawing gas from leased properties then paying the mineral owners next to nothing after deducting their share of the costs of piping and processing the gas for market.

In an effort to increase fairness and transparency for landowners who receive natural gas royalties, state Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) has recently proposed legislation that would define what post-production costs are and what is considered to be an acceptable deduction. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

After receiving the correct amount petition signatures, a group of voting-rights advocates were granted a public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council Wednesday to place an election-related referendum question on the fall City ballot.  


The advocates petitioned that the question read: “Shall City of Pittsburgh voters be provided with and use new voting equipment for the 2020 presidential election cycle (and thereafter) that utilizes a human-readable, voter-verifiable paper record as the primary officials record of the voter’s intent; that the voter can verify accurately reflects his or her intent while the voter is still in the process of voting; and that is usable for audits and recounts?”  

Thursday, August 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swore in Brenda Pree as the newest City Clerk on Tuesday, much to the dismay of two Councilwomen.  


Councilwomen Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Darlene Harris (District 1) were the sole negative votes on the nomination of Ms. Pree, a Mississippi native, citing their disapproval of proper consideration of Pittsburgh locals, especially long-time Deputy Clerk, Kim Clark, an African-American woman.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, which it described as “a failed organization atop a dangerous and crumbling structure,” outlined several options for city leaders to consider Monday as they look to try and rework the authority.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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