Wolf signs bill naming the Eastern Hellbender the state amphibian

Wolf signs bill naming the Eastern Hellbender the state amphibian

Gov. Tom Wolf joined Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other advocates for clean water to sign legislation that designates the Eastern Hellbender as Pennsylvania's state amphibian. 

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House Policy Committee focuses on nuclear bailout

House Policy Committee focuses on nuclear bailout

Monday afternoon saw supporters of nuclear power and renewable energy square off in Springfield, Montgomery County. The House Policy Democratic Committee heard testimony regarding the controversial House Bill 11, which aims to add nuclear fission to the Pennsylvania’s alternative energy portfolio, keeping the state’s nuclear plants open and viable in the energy market.

The language the General Assembly is considering would effectively provide stipends of $500 million annually for nuclear power plants, to continue for at least six years without any specific end date. This is the first discussion that has included the public outside of the Capitol.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Republicans bluntly critical of Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour

Republicans bluntly critical of Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour

Four Republican lawmakers have banded together to denounce the marijuana legalization listening tour hosted by Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman, calling it a “sham” ahead of a stop in Franklin County. 
 
Representatives John Hershey (R-Juniata), Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) released a joint statement questioning the motives behind Fetterman’s listening tour, and whether the lieutenant governor is really listening at all. 
Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

Food insecurity is the state of being unable to obtain a sufficient amount of healthy food on the daily basis. Nationally, 12.9 percent of the population are food insecure. In Pennsylvania 12.5 percent of the population fits the category, but in the City of Pittsburgh an alarming 21 percent of residents are food insecure.

The reasons for this are complex and vary from family to family, but after a nearly two hour post-agenda of testimony before Pittsburgh City Council last week, hunger advocates agree it will require a systemic change to address food insecurity in Pittsburgh.

Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Freshman Focus: Rep. Todd Polinchock

Freshman Focus: Rep. Todd Polinchock

Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) used to joke and tell people, "Don't mess with me, I'm a scientist," while in college as a political science major, and while he never became a scientist, he did land a seat in the House of Representatives. 

Find out more about him in The PLS Reporter's series, Freshman Focus. 

Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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