Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Friday to move out a proposal by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-West Mifflin) to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the control of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

House Bill 1490 is only one of the proposal’s currently being considered in Harrisburg to help elevate the crumbling water and sewer infrastructure that is crippling some Pittsburgh residents with a lead water issue.

The other two measures, Senate Bills 656 and 649, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs- especially when public health or safety are at risk. 

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Two legislative committees in Harrisburg moved forward legislation Wednesday that aims to improve the current crumbling structure of Pittsburgh’s water and sewer services.
The House Local Government Committee moved forward a proposal-Senate Bill 656- by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs and replacements.
The bill was passed unanimously by the state Senate last week, along with another proposal by Fontana that would allow local governments to use state PENNVEST funding to assist citizens with repairing and replacing deteriorating water and sewer lines.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
VIDEO: Speaker Mike Turzai talks about the need for the state to take over the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

VIDEO: Speaker Mike Turzai talks about the need for the state to take over the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) sat down with The PLS Reporter to open up about House Bill 1490, legislation he has sponsored which would place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: VideoPittsburgh
Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee announced Friday it has scheduled a long-awaited confirmation hearing for currently Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission Thursday unanimously approved a set of final regulations from the Public Utility Commission that are aimed at modernizing the commission’s regulation of taxicabs in order to help them better compete with the recently legalized transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.

 

Stemming from enabling legislation in Act 85 of 2016 and Act 164 of 2016 that allowed the temporary then permanent legalization of TNCs, the legislature tasked the PUC with promulgating new regulations as they pertain to taxicab and motor carrier companies that would allow them to better compete with TNCs, which operate on a different business model than traditional taxi companies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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