House Speaker supports paid maternity leave for House employees

House Speaker supports paid maternity leave for House employees

After a review of the benefits for employees of the House of Representatives, Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued a statement earlier this week noting his support for providing House employees with twelve weeks of paid maternity leave.

 

"After conducting an extensive review of our benefit policies, as well as those offered by other employers in both the private and public sector, I support instituting a paid maternity leave policy for House employees," he said.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA Treasurer looks to save money through “passive” investment strategy

PA Treasurer looks to save money through “passive” investment strategy

State Treasurer Joe Torsella announced earlier this week that, in a move expected to save $195 million over 20 years, all of the Commonwealth’s $2.4 billion public equity investments will be managed through a “passive” investment strategy.

 

According to Torsella, the move will save $5 million paid in fees each year to investment managers that he says often underperform in the market and will be a step toward ending the pay-to-play culture that has existed in the Treasury and other areas of state government.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

In a letter to House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) is asking the Chairman to move on a package of bills to create a “more open and equitable election process” in Pennsylvania government. 

In the letter, DeLuca called on Metcalfe to consider six election and government reform-related bills that have been referred to the committee, such as HB 945 which would give voters the opportunity to register at their polling place on Election Day by providing ID that includes a photo and permanent address.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh to bring back its mounted horse police unit

Pittsburgh to bring back its mounted horse police unit

The Pittsburgh Department of Police is one step closer to revamping its mounted horse police squad. 

The Public Safety Services Committee of Pittsburgh City Council on Monday considered a bill that would reinstate the Mounted Police Trust Fund (MPTF) to support the mounted police program- a program that was halted in 2004 when the city went under Act 47. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Redistricting transparency proposal rebooted

Redistricting transparency proposal rebooted

A proposal that aims to bring more transparency to the redistricting process has been recently reintroduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland).

 

The proposal, which is currently in its cosponsorship memo form, was introduced last session by Rep. Delozier as House Bill 1898 and seeks to amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to change how state and Congressional districts are drawn.

Monday, April 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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