Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

With only weeks left until the commonwealth’s children head back to school, flanked by medical professionals and Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Rep Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) introduced legislation they hope will increase vaccination in the commonwealth Tuesday. 

Immunizations, Frankel told a room of onlookers, are one of the 20th century’s most cost effective achievements when it comes to stopping the spread of life threatening diseases.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

In an increasingly uncertain world many Pennsylvanians worry over their futures. To examine options in Pittsburgh and around the state, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) called a hearing Friday where educators, public servants, and legislators discussed ways to help residents plan better financial futures.

Although the backgrounds of those who gave testimony varied, the consensus among the panelists was that few people are taught meaningful ways to handle their finances. To remedy this a program called Fund My Future has opted to start the education process with young children.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
U.S. Rep. Doyle raises alarm for action on climate change legislation in Pittsburgh town hall

U.S. Rep. Doyle raises alarm for action on climate change legislation in Pittsburgh town hall

In Soldiers and Sailors on Wednesday night, US Rep. Mike Doyle gathered residents and environmental experts to discuss climate change and its impact on the commonwealth.

After two hours of questions and urgent warnings, the theme was clear: the world is running out of time to mitigate the threat climate change poses to survival. Starting off the night’s discussion Doyle doubled down on the science behind climate change.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution

State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution

Eight months after the Clairton Coke Works fire that left Mon Valley air quality tainted, Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) announced legislation raising fines industrial sites that have exceeded pollution thresholds and mandating municipal warning systems. 

Believing that the Coke Works fire, which took place in his district, was caused in large part by negligence, Davis said he felt that legislative action was necessary to prevent further damage to the surrounding area. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County unveils record expungement and sealing program

Allegheny County unveils record expungement and sealing program

On the heels of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate initiative, closer to home local public defenders and elected officials have decided to give Allegheny County residents who have had brushes with the law a shot at a fresh start. 

Realizing that an arrest can create barriers to housing and employment, former public defender now Judge Elliot Howsie, wanted to give his former clients second chances that wouldn’t be tainted by the stigma of a criminal record. To that end he decided to work with County-Executive, the Public Defender's office, and others to create the Project Reset program. 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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