Debate over separating public, private high school sports playoffs continues

Debate over separating public, private high school sports playoffs continues

Just as high schoolers are getting ready to return for their fall sports seasons, the debate over separating public and private high school playoffs will be returning to the Capitol.

In an attempt to strike a more competitive balance between schools, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence) introduced HB 1600, which would not only split Pennsylvania’s high school sports playoffs between public and private schools, but also eliminate the transfer rule that prevents students from transferring for athletics.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Come November, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will have an independent challenger in the form of longtime public defender Lisa Middleton.

Touting a progressive platform and a grassroots campaign, at her campaign kickoff Thursday night, Middleton told attendees that it was time for change in Allegheny County.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Co-sponsorship memo circulating for minimum wage for TNC drivers

Co-sponsorship memo circulating for minimum wage for TNC drivers

A co-sponsorship memo currently circulating may bring some financial certainty to the world of ride-share drivers. Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia) is currently seeking support for a minimum wage for drivers who work for transportation network companies, or TNCs, like Uber and Lyft.
 
Donatucci published the memo late last month. Drivers across Pennsylvania have complained to legislators and others that uncertain wages from trips create anxiety and make them less likely to continue working.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? State police funding, vaccine policy and online wine

Did You Get The Memo? State police funding, vaccine policy and online wine

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would reduce transfers from the Motor License Fund to the Pennsylvania State Police, require schools to disclose how many students haven’t been vaccinated and allow customers to order wine online. 
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 17: Sit down with Marco Cerino

Right 2 Know Episode 17: Sit down with Marco Cerino

Justin and Andrew are joined in the flesh by our Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino, who is ready and willing to talk about the political lay of the land in Philly and his reporting on gun violence in the city. Cheesesteaks, the Eagles and Jersey Shore may also have been discussed. Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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