Pittsburgh city council delays vote on building codes over accessibility concerns, moves ahead with contracting oversight

Pittsburgh city council delays vote on building codes over accessibility concerns, moves ahead with contracting oversight

Pittsburgh City Council delayed three bills on city building codes Wednesday after hearing from nearly two-dozen disability advocates — some themselves disabled — concerned about the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections’ adherence to the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Judiciary chair wants public feedback about gun laws

House Judiciary chair wants public feedback about gun laws

Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) announced Wednesday during the House Judiciary Committee’s last in a series of gun policy meetings that he wants the public to share its opinions about how to tackle gun violence. He encouraged members of the public to submit written testimony to his Capitol office, and selected advocacy groups will be invited to testify in person at a hearing in May.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Career and tech bill package finds bipartisan support

Career and tech bill package finds bipartisan support

On Wednesday morning a group of legislators joined members of the Pennsylvania State Education Association to discuss a package of bills that was approved by the House Education Committee earlier this week.

This nine-bill package is aimed at ensuring high-quality career and technical programs and also informing students, parents and the public about the benefits of career and technical education.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Bipartisan bills aim at shifting Pennsylvania to 100-percent renewable energy

Bipartisan bills aim at shifting Pennsylvania to 100-percent renewable energy

Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) was joined by colleagues and advocates today to talk about two bills that are currently in the legislature, House Bill 2132 and companion legislation introduced by Sen. Charles Mcllhinney (R-Bucks), Senate Bill 1104. 


The bills have a goal of transitioning Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

In response to growing concern from residents about displacement should Amazon make Pittsburgh its second home, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) proposed legislation Tuesday placing deed restrictions on between 15 and 20 properties in Hazelwood.

With the former steel mill site of Hazelwood Green seen as a likely Amazon Headquarters location, O’Connor said the properties would be left to lower income residents to help keep them in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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