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
Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

The Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Environmental Resource and Energy Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday morning on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, where they heard from industry insiders on the difficulties they face in dealing with Pennsylvania’s regulatory environment.

Pennsylvania has grown to be the second in natural gas production behind Texas, according Policy Committee Chairman Sen. David Argall (R-Berks). 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday took action on two high-profile pieces of legislation: one that would significantly reform public pensions and the other expanding gaming.

 

Both concepts are seen as major priorities for Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

House Speaker—and very-nearly-announced Republican candidate for governor—Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was optimistic about a lot of things when he spoke to a crowd gathered at the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

 

First and foremost, with just six weeks before the end of the current fiscal year, he stated his confidence that a state budget will be in place before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Legislators led by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and other gun rights activists gathered in the Capitol Monday morning for the 12th annual rally to advocate for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The rally not only advocated for the Pennsylvania constitution’s Article 1, section 21 right to bear arms, but was used by legislators to lobby for certain bills that uphold or strengthen the activist’s belief in their rights. 

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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