Pittsburgh City Council votes in support of proposed state methane emission rules

Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution supporting proposed measures by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to curb methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations across the state.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) introduced the resolution at Wednesday morning’s city council meeting and it was passed by a 7-0 vote. Council President Bruce Kraus (District 3) and Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) were not present at Wednesday’s meeting.

“We know we have a major air quality issue in Western Pennsylvania, and I think basic protections to make sure that we’re controlling ethane leaks and more regularly monitoring for such leaks is in everyone’s best interest,” Gilman said.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passed their portion of providing funding for a $3.4 million Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Grant with Allegheny County during their meeting Tuesday, but not before ensuring the city will receive its fair share of the funds.  

The Department of Economic Development of Allegheny County has been awarded the grant by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in county homes and rental units.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

The House Democratic Policy Committee gathered once again in Pittsburgh, this time to discuss draft legislation that would create uniform towing regulations statewide. 

Stemming from complaints that “rogue” towing companies are taking advantage of accident victims at the scene of a vehicle crash before law enforcement arrive at the scene, Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) hopes to craft legislation that would create guidelines and regulations for how towing companies can operate. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

After President Donald Trump instituted an executive order last week temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-Majority countries, Pittsburgh City Council reasserted that Pittsburgh is "a city for all" by passing a six-piece legislative package on Tuesday aiming to make the region a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. 

“I could have never guessed when I introduced these bills where this country would be just two weeks later,” said Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), prime sponsor of the package. “Today, more than ever, I think that it's essential that this council stand up and send a message not only to the residents of Pittsburgh and the people of the country, but to the people of the world that your voice can be heard and that this city is a welcoming city that builds bridges, not walls.” 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh legislative immigration package one step closer to final passage

Pittsburgh legislative immigration package one step closer to final passage

As both the state and federal governments debate measures regarding the rights and treatment of immigrants on a more macro level, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a legislative package aiming to make the city a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.


The six-piece legislative package introduced by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) last week includes measures that would prohibit the city from denying services based on an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, as well as a resolution to create a citywide language access plan to improve the delivery of services to those learning English, and for those who have visual and hearing disabilities. 

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