Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Concerns about the disclosure of confidential information could be a hiccup to the progression of a key piece of pipeline safety legislation, although the bill’s co-sponsors remain optimistic a deal can be reached.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) and Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) are proposing the creation of a pipeline safety board, which would be charged with collecting and disseminating information related to planning, siting and construction of pipelines so as better to inform the public of potential safety risks and better coordinate state agency response.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Republican David Rowe wins in three-way central PA House race

Republican David Rowe wins in three-way central PA House race

Lewisburg businessman David Rowe held off challenges both from Democrats and from within his own party to win a central Pennsylvania House seat Tuesday night.

Rowe defeated the Democratic nominee, Sunbury physician Jennifer Rager-Kay, as well as conservative Clair Moyer, who was staging a write-in campaign after being denied the Republican nomination, to win the right to represent the 85th Assembly District in Harrisburg.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Three-way race heats up ahead of Tuesday special election to replace Keller in 85th HD

Three-way race heats up ahead of Tuesday special election to replace Keller in 85th HD

A trio of candidates will be vying Tuesday to represent the House 85th District, with a write-in candidate hoping to throw a wrench into what is otherwise a solidly conservative district.

The seat, which covers parts of Snyder and Union counties, was left empty after now former Rep. Fred Keller won a special election to Congress earlier this year. Lewisburg businessman David Rowe is the Republican candidate and will face off against Sunbury physician and Democratic hopeful Jennifer Rager-Kay. 
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Want those vehicle registration stickers to return to license plates? At least one Republican is pushing his solution to bring a new incarnation of that system back, arguing it would be cheaper for taxpayers and better serve public safety.

But PennDOT officials have taken umbrage with the bill, authored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks). They say that proponents of bringing back the stickers, which would be modified to include the inspection and registration of a car, have used disingenuous statistics and that the current system saves taxpayer money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency

Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday a slate of reforms to the state’s charter school laws in what he says is an attempt to hold charters to the same standards as public schools at a time when critics say they are siphoning off money from local districts.

Flanked by Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and a bevy of local lawmakers in an Allentown press conference, Wolf announced he would be tasking the Department of Education with developing regulations that aim to beef up financial transparency for charter school management firms and increase their accountability to the state.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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