Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

In the wake of Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney’s passing this week, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an Executive Order adopting measures to promote diversity in hiring city employees, similar to an initiative backed by Rooney within the NFL. 

 

The “Rooney Rule,” created in 2003 when the late Chairman was the head of the NFL’s diversity committee, requires teams to interview minority candidates for all openings in head coaching and other supervisory roles. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

While House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills they said would bring equality to the public school system by providing parity between traditional and charter schools, when those proposals were offered as amendments to House Bill 97—the charter reform proposal before the House—they were met with mixed results in altering the bill.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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From Auditor General to Attorney General, take a look at Wednesday's press conferences

From Auditor General to Attorney General, take a look at Wednesday's press conferences

Wednesday's session day was also accompanied by a number of press events.

First off hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists joined to talk about the importance of needing funding so they can put their patients first. 

Next in the Rotunda was a group of advocates and legislators speaking out on why marijuana should be legalized and what the benefits would be. 

Lastly in the Capitol Rotunda was an event for Pennsylvania's annual Aviation Advocacy Day. 

And at a press conference in Strawberry Square, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges against 14 businesses and 12 people who are accused of illegally obtaining and renting out license plates.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

What could have been last session’s last enacted bill is on its way to be this session’s first enacted piece of legislation.

 

With a 41-8 vote on Wednesday, the Senate sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that would provide $15 million to fund operations at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

The Senate Finance and Aging & Youth Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss the solvency and future of the Pennsylvania lottery fund and the millions of older residents that it supports. 

Although the state Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds per year for the past five fiscal years, Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, said current sales are $123 million, or 3.9 percent, behind the same point last fiscal year. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
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