Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators in both the House and the Senate are calling for Pennsylvania to address an issue that often flies under the radar and affects residents from inside their own homes — lead poisoning.
 
The issue gained prominence in this year’s round of Senate budget hearings, as the Wolf Administration renewed calls for universal lead testing in children in an effort to better identify and treat cases of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, called upon lawmakers to pass legislation to require lead testing for all children in the state. Wolf made the same request in 2017, but bills in both the House and Senate failed to gain enough traction to make it to his desk. 
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers re-introduced a bill Tuesday that would require all schools in Pennsylvania to test for lead, after a report card from PennEnvironment gave the state an “F” grade for its response to lead in school drinking water. 
 
House Bill 930, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna), would require annual testing of all water outlets used in schools for drinking and cooking, require all testing results to be disclosed to parents and set a statewide standard for lead in school water to 5 parts per billion.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny)

Freshman Focus: Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny)

Meet Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). He represents the 35th district. Find out why he decided to run for the House, what goals he has for Pennsylvania, and what he likes to do in his spare time.
Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
New caucus, legislation in works as Democratic representatives react to police shooting

New caucus, legislation in works as Democratic representatives react to police shooting

In light of the police shooting last week of Antwon Rose Jr. and the overall tallies of, in particular, black people killed by police, a group of Democratic legislators gathered Monday to call for a package of policing reform bills.

Including Allegheny County representatives Ed Gainey, Austin Davis and Jake Wheatley, as well as Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), the lawmakers pushed for reform to restore the faith of communities of color in police.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

Newly-elected District 35 Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) started his state legislative career with a surprising phone call. 

He was in a meeting when his phone buzzed, and an unfamiliar voice said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wanted to speak to him. 

“We talked about local policy and politics,” Davis said. “She’s really interested in the things I was going to tackle.” 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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