Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

In response to President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the Paris climate accord last week, Senators Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) plan to introduce state legislation that would continue Obama-era environmental regulations.  


Absent federal leadership and with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania on “a steady path in the battle against climate change,” the Pittsburgh-area lawmakers want to require the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt the requirements set forth in the Obama Clean Power Plan.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Monday advanced a proposal—House Bill 1490 introduced by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin)—to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC).

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

On the heels of legislation introduced in the state House last week to put the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the watch of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Senate Minority Chairman Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) filed a co-sponsorship memorandum Wednesday to do the same in the Senate.

“The PWSA’s mismanagement has touched nearly every aspect of its operations,” wrote Costa in the memo. “Management and consultant debacles; endless board turnover; lead contamination that is amongst the worst in the country; drinking water concerns necessitating boil alerts; illegal chemical treatments and infrastructure failures.” 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Pennsylvania lawmakers at both the state and federal level are introducing proposals aimed to end “lunch shaming,” the practice by some schools of singling out students with unpaid pre-paid meal balances in their school lunch account.

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

As U.S. House members debate a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington, Pennsylvania officials met in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the impact the move would have for state residents.

During a press conference at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said that because of the ACA, 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million can’t be denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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