House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

Lawmakers from both parties voted Tuesday to approve bills designed to crack down on construction firms using unauthorized workers, including one that would require all of those companies to use the federal E-Verify database.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted to approve both measures, with the more controversial of the two authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh). That proposal would require construction firms to use E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s I-9 form against information provided to federal agencies. Those that do not could stand to use their state-issued license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

House Democrats led by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) joined to announce a package of bills that would put more money into supporting safe schools and healthy students. 

The legislators want to be able to stop problems in schools before they happen by building a better team for those working in schools, supporting students in need and also supporting the supporters in schools. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House Committee approves controversial response to SCOTUS' Janus decision

House Committee approves controversial response to SCOTUS' Janus decision

Public sector employees would receive more information about their rights pertaining to union membership following a landmark Supreme Court decision, under a controversial bill advanced by a House committee Monday.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), would require public sector employees be regularly notified that they are not compelled to pay union dues. 

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Following the shooting of 17 year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June, western Pennsylvania legislators vowed to come back with steps to reduce police violence.

Today, three months later, Pittsburgh House and Senate Democrats unveiled a slate of measures to reform law enforcement training practices, police oversight, and improve mental health counseling and cultural awareness in an effort to head off rising tensions between residents and police. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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