Greenleaf's safe harbor legislation sent to Governor's desk

Greenleaf's safe harbor legislation sent to Governor's desk

After three sessions of attempts, child sex trafficking victims are one step closer to no longer having to worry that they could face prosecution for prostitution.

SB 554, sponsored by retiring Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) passed the House without a single dissenting vote Wednesday. It had previously passed the House in April unanimously.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
PA receives an "F" when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change

PA receives an "F" when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change

Sen. Arthur Haywood (D-Montgomery) joined Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) at a press conference to express their concerns over lead levels in Pennsylvania schools.

Haywood stated that there are at least 12 cities and towns across the commonwealth that tested for high levels of lead. Pennsylvania as a whole received the grade F when it comes to lead in water by a group called "Get the Lead Out."

In response the legislature made two changes in the School Code as part of budget negotiations. Now, all schools must test for lead or have a public hearing on the issue of lead in their facilities.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement

Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement

After a fire cost an elderly woman her life in a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise two years ago, Fire Chief Daryl Jones collaborated with the mayor’s office to push for legislation to require that all such buildings include sprinkler systems. 

However, after the legislation’s second consecutive week being delayed for final vote in city council Tuesday, it’s clear requiring sprinkler systems in all high-rises in the city is much easier said than done. 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

As pressure continues to mount on the Senate to pass a bill to help survivors of child abuse, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said a deal was nearly in place


“We have almost all the components to a bill agreed to with a [victim’s compensation] fund,” Scarnati said. “We’re down to looking at what a window would look like. Attorneys are working, I’m working, we’re trying to come up with a compromise, something that Rep. [Mark] Rozzi will like.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

The Committee of Public Safety recommended an ordinance and a resolution to Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday. The former alters language on marijuana penalties in the city and individual conduct, while the latter seeks to further study the effects of “banning the box” on job applications and expand it to college applications.

The marijuana ordinance affirms the city’s position since the decriminalization of the substance was signed into law in 2014. The city also banned employers from asking about criminal backgrounds in job applications in 2016.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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