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
Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

In an effort to make Pittsburgh a more inclusive and welcoming city, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with faith-based and nonprofit leaders introduced a six-piece legislative package Tuesday that will make living in the city a safer place for immigrants and refugees. 

“Pittsburgh is a city where all who live, work, and learn here are valued and respected,” said Councilman Gilman. “It is the City of Pittsburgh’s duty to serve and protect all of its residents regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, country of origin, sexual orientation, or status as an immigrant or refugee.” 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
New Pittsburgh City Council bill pushes for wage equality

New Pittsburgh City Council bill pushes for wage equality

During Tuesday’s Pittsburgh City Council meeting, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) introduced legislation to prohibit the City of Pittsburgh from asking for the salary history of job applicants. 

“What you see on job applications, public and private sector is ‘what is your current salary’ or 'history of your salary’ and what that allows new employers to do is perhaps give you a small raise,” said the Councilman. “It seems like a win, but it is still far below what that position, your experience, and your skill set deserve to be paid and what it ends up doing is perpetuating the wage gap that particularly impacts women and minorities in this country.” 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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