City Council passes lead testing requirements

City Council passes lead testing requirements

Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that create requirements for testing blood lead levels in children.

Introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large), the bill seeks to get more children in the city tested for lead poisoning at earlier ages. Many are affected by the high amounts of lead paint in older houses rented to young families. The bill passed unanimously, 16-0.

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
As Wolf supports full DRBC fracking ban, Republican lawmakers gear up to pass a rebuke of the agency

As Wolf supports full DRBC fracking ban, Republican lawmakers gear up to pass a rebuke of the agency

As debate rages over a bill in the General Assembly which would discourage an interstate agency from fully banning fracking in eastern Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf has quietly come out in support of taking further action to ban natural gas drilling.

Wolf and Delaware Gov. John Carney last week joined New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in calling for the Delaware River Basin Commission to fully ban hydraulic fracking in their jurisdiction, which stretches from Wayne County in the far northeast region of the state down to the Philadelphia environs.
Thursday, May 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 8: Sit down with Rep. Patty Kim

Right 2 Know Episode 8: Sit down with Rep. Patty Kim

Andrew was off in Carbon County so Justin must lead the way in the latest episode of Right 2 Know. He performs marvelously, talking with Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) about the latest on talks to raise the minimum wage, the struggling Harrisburg School District and why technology is ruining us all. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers roll out bipartisan licensure reform bill

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan licensure reform bill

Fresh off the passage of the Clean Slate Act in 2018, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are looking to build off their criminal justice reform victory and remove employment barriers for former offenders. 

Senators John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) were joined by House Minority Whip Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) Wednesday to stump for an occupational licensure reform bill that would prohibit state boards from denying professional licenses based on past criminal convictions that are unrelated to the profession.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General DePasquale requests travel details after authorized Pittsburgh Public Schools trip

Auditor General DePasquale requests travel details after authorized Pittsburgh Public Schools trip

What started out as professional development trip has landed Pittsburgh Public Schools administrators in hot water. When it was revealed that Superintendent Anthony Hammel and his deputies made an unauthorized detour to Cuba eyebrows were raised and last week an investigation into the finances and ethics involved was launched. 

And now, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is stepping in. Locally, the district and taxpayers are concerned the administrators involved violated policies on not accepting gifts from outside venders. DePasquale has some questions too and Monday requested that the district provide details on travel by the district and what contracts were used without seeking bids. 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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