Pittsburgh officials remind Pennsylvanians open enrollment for ACA coverage begins this week

Pittsburgh officials remind Pennsylvanians open enrollment for ACA coverage begins this week

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) and health advocates held a press conference in Pittsburgh Monday to let Pennsylvanians know that the Affordable Care Act is still “the law of the land.”

Due to cutbacks in advertising of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and with “all the noise” coming from the nation’s capital about repealing and replacing the universal healthcare system, Rep. Frankel wanted to remind his constituents that the ACA is still alive and well and open enrollment for coverage begins this Wednesday, November 1 and runs through Friday, December 15.
Monday, October 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

The state House Judiciary and Transportation committees held a joint hearing in Pittsburgh Friday morning on various pieces of legislation by area lawmakers that would put an end to driver's license suspensions for individuals with non-driving convictions.

House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (Jefferson Hills), was the main topic of consideration, as it would remove a license suspension for convictions such as theft, purchase of tobacco or alcohol by a minor, or carrying a false identification card. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

The state House and Senate concluded legislative action for the 2017-2018 state budget this week. 

Here's how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegation voted on key budget bills. 

Friday, October 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority attempted to reconcile the competing demands of affordability and improvement at its bi-weekly board meeting Thursday morning.

 

To meet an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the PWSA board passed a resolution for emergency procurement of resources to execute three new infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to an older reservoir due to concerns that holes in the cover could lead to contamination from animal droppings.  Those concerns led to a precautionary boil advisory for 18,000 homes in August. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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