House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House lawmakers have pushed this week a series of proposals they say are designed to boost the fortunes of the state’s volunteer firefighter and EMS companies amid declining enlistment and financial hardship.

The package of bills came out of the SR 6 commission, which traveled the state to evaluate threats to first responders and firefighters. Their end product totals 23 bills, including loan forgiveness for those who sign up as volunteer firefighters, making it easier for companies to secure loans and helping first responders suffering from trauma to get care.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of September 23

5 bills to watch for the week of September 23

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From local pre-emption of gun laws to "In God we Trust," here are five bills to watch for the week of September 23.
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers eye firework reform following summer recess

Lawmakers eye firework reform following summer recess

With summer ending soon Pennsylvania residents may see fewer fireworks in their neighborhoods and parks, but once the legislature returns to Harrisburg this month, lawmakers will begin attempting to pass legislation paring back the recent proliferation of consumer fireworks in the commonwealth.

Act 43 of 2017 legalized consumer fireworks in Pennsylvania for additional tax revenue, but with few established regulations on the sale and use of consumer fireworks, the General Assembly is now looking to provide more guidance for residents buying and operating fireworks.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Robert Cochran
Categories: News and Views
Snyder hopes to improve broadband access with state-owned asset inventory

Snyder hopes to improve broadband access with state-owned asset inventory

It’s clear that high-speed broadband internet access is an issue in Pennsylvania, but how exactly to connect Pennsylvanians in low-access areas has been a troublesome obstacle in Harrisburg this year.

 

But it appears that legislators may have found a starting point.

Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 11: Can you hear me now?

Right 2 Know Episode 11: Can you hear me now?

We break down the latest news in Harrisburg, complete with sound effects. Justin gives us the latest on education spending in the budget, as well as drama surrounding Gov. Tom Wolf's severance tax. Meanwhile, Andrew chats with Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) about his proposal to ease roadblocks to deploying 5G in the state. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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