Wolf creates commission to study redistricting, drawings cries of grandstanding from legislative Republicans

Wolf creates commission to study redistricting, drawings cries of grandstanding from legislative Republicans

With the wave of his pen, Gov. Tom Wolf stirred up the redistricting debate again in Pennsylvania, dormant since a last minute push to pass a constitutional amendment to create an independent commission failed.

By executive order, Wolf Thursday created the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, which, while it will have no official authority to draw new legislative lines, will conduct a fact-finding mission across the commonwealth to provide suggestions for a new system to draw the state’s legislative and congressional boundaries.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

A bipartisan group of General Assembly members, surrounded by cheering plant employees in a cramped Londonderry firehouse, released a report Thursday that called on their colleagues to take action and support the flagging nuclear power industry.

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), a co-chair of the Nuclear Energy Caucus, laid out high stakes if the industry, which produces 42 percent of the state’s electricity, was left to perish as energy prices plummet, at least partially because of competition from natural gas.

“We’re not talking about a bailout, we’re not talking about a subsidy, we’re talking about valuing each resource appropriately,” Aument said. “Basing long-term energy decisions on short-term price...I think that’s foolish.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pittsburgh City Council holds Urban Redevelopment Authority budget hearing

Pittsburgh City Council holds Urban Redevelopment Authority budget hearing

In the budget hearing Thursday, Urban Redevelopment Authority executive director, Robert Rubenstein, told council members present that the authority has high hopes for 2019, but funding isn’t what it used to be.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed through two bills Wednesday. The bills would mandate that property owners obtain licenses and provide contact information, especially if they are outside-controlled LLCs. 

Policy experts and city officials testified to difficulties tenants face when contacting their landlords. Many properties owned by LLCs and other private ownership groups don’t have readily available information and those unlicensed often carry code violations, like lead paint in units rented to parents of young children.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmentalist activists proposed carbon emissions regulations to the state Environmental Quality Board Wednesday that would, if implemented, create a market for greenhouse gases to reach carbon neutrality by 2052.

Their argument cites both existing state clean air laws as well as the environmental rights clause of the state constitution to claim the state has a duty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect its residents from harm.

“I not only think it’s feasible, think it's absolutely essential,” Joseph Otis Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, said. “We’re prepared to litigate it if need be. This is the right path for Pennsylvania.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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