Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

A bipartisan group of senators banded together Tuesday to call for legislative action on lead poisoning as they unveiled bills to address lead contamination in homes, buildings and water systems. 

The legislative package is a direct result of the state’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure, which was established in 2017. Led by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), the senators announced bills that would require universal lead testing for children, mandate inspections of child-care facilities, establish a statewide lead-free housing registry, and require all school drinking systems to be inspected and certified. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

It was a slow week in Harrisburg, with lawmakers returning to their districts prior to next week’s session. But just because state legislators weren’t in the Capitol doesn’t mean they weren’t busy introducing new legislation. This week there were a number of new proposals introduced as co-sponsorship memos, detailing upcoming bills in the state legislature. 

If you missed this week’s new co-sponsorship memos, continue reading to learn about the many ideas lawmakers have for Pennsylvania and to keep track of what proposals could become law.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women

Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women

Barbara Price, Public Policy Co-Chair for American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Pennsylvania joined legislators and other advocates to push for equal pay for women. 


Multiple legislators have legislation that they have introduced that are focused on helping women achieve their equal pay goals. 

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators, PSEA members support raising teacher salary minimums

Legislators, PSEA members support raising teacher salary minimums

Members of PSEA joined Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Rep. Tarah Tohill (R-Luzerne) and Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-Lackawanna) at a press conference, where they discussed their support for raising the minimum teacher salary in Pennsylvania to $45,000.

Currently Pennsylvania has a minimum teacher salary of $18,500 which hasn't been updated in more than 30 years. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Lawmakers, Ag Department look to prime Pennsylvania for hemp success

Lawmakers, Ag Department look to prime Pennsylvania for hemp success

As the state Department of Agriculture awaits federal approval for its plan to regulate the cultivation and sale of hemp products, both state agencies and lawmakers are searching for ways to support the burgeoning industry at a time where legal and regulatory landmines remain.

Hemp is increasingly touted as a potential economic boon for the state, especially when many farmers are feeling the pinch. A provision in last year’s federal Farm Bill separates hemp from marijuana and placedit within the regulatory purview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The change paves the way for farmers to cultivate hemp, as well as any interstate commerce surrounding the plant.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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