Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Dozens of advocates filled the Pittsburgh City Council chambers Wednesday during a public comment period before council members in an effort to spur officials to designate Pittsburgh as an official sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

The public comment period was brought to city council by a petition campaign driven by Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition. Public forums in front of city council can be triggered by petitions with 25 collected signatures.

Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition’s petition requests that city council pass legislation that would codify Pittsburgh as a so-called “sanctuary city”, which would make it illegal for any city agencies and the Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). There is no drafted legislation to designate Pittsburgh as a sanctuary city currently in city council.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Discussion of making Pittsburgh a so-called “sanctuary city” made a comeback Tuesday after City Council made preliminary steps toward honoring a petition by city residents requesting a public hearing on such legislation to make Pittsburgh “a truly welcoming City for all.”  


According to their Facebook page, the Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition filed the petition to City Council earlier this month to codify in law that all city public services should be made accessible to everyone regardless of immigration status, origin, color of skin, sexual orientation, religion or language.  


“The legislation should make it illegal for all City agencies, Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with the Immigration Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and to disclose information about the immigration status of any person,” reads the petition.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a number of controversial legislation this week, including measures punishing so-called “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting the deduction of union dues to be used for political purposes, and restricting abortions.

The Allegheny County state legislative delegation voting largely along party lines when the bills were considered on the Floor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Bills that would punish so-called sanctuary cities and limit the ability of unions to have political dues money automatically deducted from public employee paychecks advanced through key Senate committees Monday in their move toward final passage.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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