Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019

Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the first bill of this session into law last month, strengthening penalties for public officials convicted of job-related felonies. Under the new law, lawmakers convicted of felonies related to their position will be stripped of their taxpayer-funded pension, a provision that members from both sides of the aisle believe was long overdue. 

Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) wants to take the new law a step further with a series of bills designed to reform ethics in Harrisburg. At the crux of her efforts is a bill that would ban public officials from receiving gifts, with the goal of preventing veiled forms of bribery in state government.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation

After a two hours of testimony from Lawrenceville residents, activists, and the occasional elected official, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission unanimously recommended that Pittsburgh City Council approve proposed legislation for inclusionary zoning on Tuesday.

In recent years areas of Pittsburgh such as Lawrenceville have seen their share of redevelopment. The downside has often been as the cost of living rises, older and less well-off residents have been forced to leave. To confront displacement, Pittsburgh City councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7) proposed an inclusionary zoning measure that would require setting aside 10 percent of affordable housing in any project comprised of 20 units.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale announces audit of medicaid service providers

DePasquale announces audit of medicaid service providers

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) to announce six audits that look into vendors hired by the Department of Human Services to verify that Medicaid patients are receiving the correct services and money is being spent correctly. 

DePasquale stated that the main focus of these audits is the services for seniors and those with intellectual disabilities. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

A bill from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has brought renewed attention to state support for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, as lawmakers are considering altering the board charged with overseeing Pittsburgh International Airport.

Under the proposal, slated for a committee vote next week, the board would expand from nine to 13 members. The governor and each legislative caucus would appoint a member, in addition to eight representatives appointed by the county executive.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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