Commonwealth Court makes redistricting case recommendations to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Commonwealth Court makes redistricting case recommendations to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Judge Kevin Brobson of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court issued his findings of fact and conclusions of law in the League of Women Voters case where several groups challenged Pennsylvania’s Congressional Districts as unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

Monday, January 1, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers

Senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) are teaming up together on a measure currently moving through the state Senate that would incentivize high school-aged Pennsylvanians to join volunteer firefighting companies.

Thursday, December 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Sen. Bob Mensch’s (R-Montgomery) Senate Resolution 237, which would encourage county and local government and emergency services agencies to work with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Public Safety Radio to create interoperability for the latest iteration of the Statewide Radio Network (STARnet), recently was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 

It is the latest move in an effort to solve the decades-long process of creating a statewide public safety radio network.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bill aims to ban sale of DXM to minors

Bill aims to ban sale of DXM to minors

Legislation currently making its way through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would ban the sale of a common over-the-counter medication to minors out of fear of abuse and misuse of the drug.

 

House Bill 1951, sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), would move over-the-counter cough medicines with dextromethorphan (otherwise known as DXM or DM) behind the pharmacy to be sold only when proper identification ensures the person buying the medicine is over the age of 18.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
As Pittsburgh city council passes circus animal training regulations, Shriners send in the clowns

As Pittsburgh city council passes circus animal training regulations, Shriners send in the clowns

Lions and tigers and bears were on Pittsburgh city council’s agenda Tuesday when it approved a ban on the use of bullhooks and other instruments to train wild or exotic animals in the city.

The resolution, sponsored by City Council President Bruce Kraus (District 3), passed 6-3, with dissenting votes from Councilwomen Darlene Harris (District 1), Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Deb Gross (District 7).

For Kraus, the passage marked the end of a year and a half long push to pass the ban, which he saw as a moral issue.

“There’s a clear shift in the conversation in how we abuse animals in forms of entertainment,” Kraus said of the bill, looking at similar to bans at other levels of local governance, from city to county to state.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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