Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Fetterman joins advocates to push for upping minimum wage in this year's budget

Fetterman joins advocates to push for upping minimum wage in this year's budget

On Tuesday afternoon multiple legislators stood along side Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and advocates to push for the legislature to pass a budget that would include minimum wage raises. 

Fetterman spoke on behalf of himself and Gov. Tom Wolf and stated, "we need $15 an hour for every working person here in Pennsylvania," adding, "there is no dignity in starvation wages." 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pittsburgh Controller files ethics complaint against Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

Pittsburgh Controller files ethics complaint against Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

City and Pittsburgh Public Schools Controller Michael Lamb filed an ethics complaint against the district’s Superintendent Anthony Hamlet on Friday, on the grounds that Hamlet failed to file a statement of financial interests for the past two years.

This comes on the heels of a headline-making request by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale that the district provide details on travel done after an unauthorized trip by Hamlet and his deputies.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

After conducting more than 11 million internet speed tests across Pennsylvania, a prominent telecommunications researcher says that access to broadband internet in Pennsylvania is worse than publicly advertised.

 

Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications researcher at Pennsylvania State University, joined state lawmakers Tuesday to detail findings of a rural broadband internet study which found that data provided by the Federal Communications Commission paints an overly-optimistic picture of broadband access in Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

Following the completion of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on recreational marijuana, lawmakers cautioned Monday in a joint House hearing that they would take their time in considering the impact legalization of the drug could have on Pennsylvania.

The House Health and Judiciary Committees heard from law enforcement, gun control advocates and gun owners about the effect of marijuana use, both medical and recreational, has on gun ownership. The matter is complicated, those testifying said, because of how federal and state laws conflict.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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