Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner, who won the GOP primary in mid-May over health care consultant Paul Mango and attorney Laura Ellsworth, gave a subdued, conciliatory farewell address on the Senate Floor to mark the day.

In it, he celebrated his surprising arrival via a write-in victory in a 2014 special election, and thanked his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working with him on myriad issues. He also apologized for times when his fiery personality may have caused offense.
Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Reed random selection redistricting bill awaits committee assignment

Reed random selection redistricting bill awaits committee assignment

Filed last week, a redistricting bill by House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) has been much anticipated as lawmakers in the House and Senate try to find common ground among themselves and advocates.

A copy of the bill obtained by The PLS Reporter before introduction shows that his plan would hem close to the solution by random selection Reed first pitched in early May. As promised, it sets up a system that uses every registered voter as a base.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh mayor announces climate change preparedness program

Pittsburgh mayor announces climate change preparedness program

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is on record with the opinion that from floods to fires, the city has often been unprepared when disaster has struck. To confront the impact of climate change head-on, the mayor on Monday announced Prepared Pittsburgh, a program that will help residents prepare for environmental and medical climate-related scenarios.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: House Labor committee passes one workers comp bill but chairman puts a hold on another

VIDEO: House Labor committee passes one workers comp bill but chairman puts a hold on another

On Monday afternoon the House Labor and Industry Committee met to consider two pieces of Workers' Compensation legislation - House Bill 1840 and Senate Bill 676. One - HB 1840 by Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) - was amended and passed with along a party-line vote with Republicans voting in favor, however SB 676 was amended and held in committee. The PLS Reporter spoke with Chairman Kauffman to find out more about his legislation, and why SB 676 was held over.
Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Surrounded by a gauntlet of metal detectors, dogs and guards toting machine guns, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th District) knows he’s well protected in the nation's Capitol Building.

But looking out to the nation’s schools — which recently have been the site of gruesome mass shootings drawing a gamut of emotions from sadness to fear to outrage — Barletta sees far fewer resources, and it makes him think.

Friday, June 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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