Allegheny County Council approves lead blood test mandate for children

Allegheny County Council approves lead blood test mandate for children

Allegheny County Council approved a resolution mandating blood lead level testing for children at approximately the ages of nine to 12 months old, with additional testing required again at 24 months of age. The resolution passed the council by a 15 to 2 vote, with Councilman Edward Kress (District 3) and Councilwoman Sue Means (District 5) voting against the measure.

The new ordinance would require children to have their blood lead level tests completed before enrolling in kindergarten at county schools. Schools would additionally be required to inform parents of the testing requirement prior to their children’s admission into the school.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Revenue discussions continue as lawmakers work to meet Monday deadline

Revenue discussions continue as lawmakers work to meet Monday deadline

With June 30th coming and going, so goes another month of revenues and the close of the FY 2016-2017 budget year; however, unlike previous months, June’s revenue did come in slightly over estimate.

 

According to figures reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the Commonwealth’s General Fund revenues for the month of June came in just more than $11 million over estimate. While major revenue generators like the personal income and sales and use tax were down, the corporate net income tax and inheritance tax outpaced estimates to put the Commonwealth in the black for the month of June.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Legislation to ban local taxes, regulation on plastic bags vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation to ban local taxes, regulation on plastic bags vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Last Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 1071 on grounds of pre-emption and constitutionality according to statements released by his office.

House Bill 1071, prime sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), prohibits counties and municipalities from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on recyclable plastic bags at point of sale. Rep. Farry created the legislation to promote the plastic bag workforce and encourage recycling programs related to the disposal of plastic bags.

This legislation has been discussed in the previous years and some municipalities—namely Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—have attempted or discussed placing a tax on plastic bags in the past. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views

Tweets of the Week - June 26, 2017

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and other around Pennsylvania state government. 

Monday, July 3, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: Features
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Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for June 26

The state General Assembly completed another busy session week.

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County legislative delegation were up to. 

Monday, July 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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