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
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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
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Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced Thursday it has settled with Uber over the $11.3 million fine it levied against the ride-sharing company last spring for illegally operating as a transportation network company in Pennsylvania without being licensed.

 

More specifically at issue, was a six-month period in 2014 during which Uber operated in Pennsylvania before it was granted an experimental license.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General says Act 13 impact fee needs clarification, better oversight

Auditor General says Act 13 impact fee needs clarification, better oversight

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released an audit of the Public Utility Commission’s oversight of Act 13 impact fee collections and noted corresponding findings demand a revision to the law to provide clarification on how the money can be spent and better oversight of how money is distributed and used.

 

Since its enactment in 2012, the impact fee has brought in around $856 million with $428 million of that split between counties and municipalities. DePasquale noted the performance audit his office recently concluded shows that local spending of the impact fee money is outside the intent of mitigating local impacts of natural gas drilling, some municipalities received overpayments, and changes to the law are needed to better support housing programs under Act 13.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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