Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting

Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting

After an omnibus election reform bill was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June, state lawmakers are revisiting potential changes to the state’s Election Code, which elected officials on both sides of the political spectrum believe is long overdue.

 

In a joint meeting between the House and Senate State Government Committees on Monday, lawmakers heard from county officials and other interested stakeholders on their top election-related priorities. Their shared goal? No-excuse absentee voting.

Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Online wine? Rothman bill would allow online wine and beer delivery in Pa.

Online wine? Rothman bill would allow online wine and beer delivery in Pa.

If you’ve ever wanted to order beer and wine alongside your groceries, a new proposal from Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) could be the answer. 

Rothman will soon be introducing legislation that would allow consumers to order wine and beer online and have it delivered to their home through a licensed transporter. 

Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

In the year that has followed the Tree of Life massacre, which left 11 people dead and several others injured, Democratic lawmakers inside and outside of city limits have sought gun control with varying degrees of success. Hoping to understand the causes and the impact it has on the community, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), as a Pittsburgh native and the chair of the Health Committee, called a hearing to discuss gun violence and its impact on public health on Friday. 

From a mental health perspective, Dr. John Rozel, the president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, stressed the importance of understanding that most mentally ill people aren’t violent and that the consequences of experiencing gun violence can last a lifetime.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From manufacturing tax credits to volunteer fire departments, here are five bills to watch for the week of September 16.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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