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
Categories: News and Views
Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Controversy has erupted over a prayer that opened today’s House session which some lawmakers believe was offensive in light of the swearing-in of Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia), the first Muslim woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  

The prayer was given by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton), who drew the ire come of her colleagues after she described Jesus as the “only hope” in the prayer and thanked President Donald Trump for standing beside Israel. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative

Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative

Monday marked a historic day for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as the House of Representatives swore in Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) as the newest member of the chamber — and also the first Muslim woman in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 
 
Johnson-Harrell now represents the 190th legislative district, which covers a portion of Philadelphia. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

Both chambers were back in session this week, which meant a busy week - from Speaker Turzai's Down Syndrome Protection Act being reintroduced, to the first piece of legislation of this session passing through the House and the Senate, all the way to people for and against pipelines holding competing press conferences. 

Friday, March 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session

VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was vocal during last year's session about legislation he co-sponsored that would ban abortion that is due solely on the fact that a baby has Down syndrome. 

With this Thursday being World Down Syndrome Day, a handful of legislators, advocates and families affected by Down syndrome joined to support the Down Syndrome Protection Act. This session, Turzai, Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) are bringing this act back up with more supporters and they believe it will pass through both chambers smoothly. Last session the legislation passed through the House with a 139-56 vote but it stalled when it got to the Senate. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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