Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

A bill from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has brought renewed attention to state support for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, as lawmakers are considering altering the board charged with overseeing Pittsburgh International Airport.

Under the proposal, slated for a committee vote next week, the board would expand from nine to 13 members. The governor and each legislative caucus would appoint a member, in addition to eight representatives appointed by the county executive.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force

Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force

A cadre of Democratic lawmakers announced Tuesday a push to re-examine the state’s use-of-force guidelines for law enforcement, weeks after a jury in Allegheny County acquitted an officer in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Antwon Rose. 

The effort is led by Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny), who represents the district where Rose was shot and killed by former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld during a traffic stop in 2018. 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees

Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees

Lawmakers on two House committees voted Monday to approve bills aimed at codifying the final two principal recommendations from the landmark grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

It comes just days after the full House voted to approve a two-bill package, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), which eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for child sex crimes. Their legislation also raises the age limit for filing a civil suit from age 35 to age 50.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain

PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain

At a time when their state support is precipitously declining, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials are pinning their hopes on a new, less restrictive tuition policy to help play a part in turning their fortunes around.

Earlier this month, the PASSHE Board of Governors approved a measure to delegate tuition-setting responsibilities to the 14 individual universities, as long changes are approved by the board.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of April 15

5 bills to watch for the week of April 15

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 regulatory reform to Right to Know requests, here are five bills to watch for the week of April 15.
Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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