Draw the Lines awards district map contest winners

Draw the Lines awards district map contest winners

Draw the Lines celebrated regional and statewide winners of their annual redistricting contest Tuesday in the State Capitol. Regular citizens from students to professionals took their shots at redrawing the congressional boundaries in the Keystone state to “slay the gerrymander.”
 
This is the second year the non-profit watchdog group has offered cash prizes to redraw the maligned congressional map in Pennsylvania. $30,000 was distributed for winners in regional and state competitions at the high school, collegiate, and adult levels.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Polk and White Haven centers, prescription drug costs and Footloose

Did You Get The Memo? Polk and White Haven centers, prescription drug costs and Footloose

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would place a moratorium on the controversial closure of two state facilities, repeal a 1900s law relating to dance halls and direct the state to study the benefits of importing prescription drugs.
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Council considers legislation on conversion therapy

Allegheny County Council considers legislation on conversion therapy

In 2016 Pittsburgh City Council joined the ranks of fifteen other states and the District of Columbia by banning conversion therapy on minors. Months after the initial proposal, Allegheny County Council remains divided on following suit for a ban in the county as a whole. 

During an emotionally charged meeting in March Council President John DeFazio (D-Shaler) and County Councilman Paul Klein (D-Point Breeze) introduced legislation banning conversion therapy, meaning the practice of removing homosexuality on the belief that it’s a mental illness. 
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Right 2 Know Episode 24: Southeast Spotlight with Sen. Sharif Street

Right 2 Know Episode 24: Southeast Spotlight with Sen. Sharif Street

In this week's episode of Right 2 Know, our Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino sits down with Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia). The pair chat about criminal justice reform, gun control and the close of Philly's Hahnemann University Hospital. We also hear about Marco's love of Law and Order. Like what you hear? Follow us on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts. 
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Following the passage of a controversial bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, immigrant groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation, which would prohibit unauthorized workers from being employed in construction trades.

 

The bill, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, would require construction industry employers to verify whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the U.S. and prohibit construction companies from employing undocumented and unauthorized workers. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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