Right 2 Know: We sit down with Rep. Andrew Lewis in our inaugural podcast episode

Right 2 Know: We sit down with Rep. Andrew Lewis in our inaugural podcast episode

In the inaugural episode of the Right 2 Know podcast, PLS Reporter journalists Andrew Bahl and Justin Sweitzer sit down with freshman Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) to talk about his busy start to his Harrisburg career, the potential for government reform and what his experience as an Army intelligence officer was like. 

 

Right 2 Know is a new podcast from The PLS Reporter. We break down the news stories of the day, offer analysis and insight you won't find anywhere else and get to know those crafting policy on a more personal level. For the moment, you can find us on https://right2know.podbean.com but we will soon be available on iTunes, Google Podcasts and Spotify.


Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

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 nuclear power to wedding barns, here are five bills to watch for the week of March 25.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Despite less visibly smog-filled air, Pittsburgh and areas that surround it continue to struggle with air quality. Aside making lists of worst places in the nation air quality-wise, a Christmas Eve Clairton Coke Works fire reminded residents and elect officials alike of the threat pollution poses to the most vulnerable in the city and in Allegheny County.

This week U.S. Steel announced that it had completed its repairs, but worries linger. After a post-agenda on air quality called by Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5), it’s clear the county has a long way to go where air quality is concerned.

Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: healthair
Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

State lawmakers have found common ground in the past year, tackling issues such as ethics reform, drug addiction and workforce development. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in even more collaborative efforts, including those that continue to address the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as occupational licensure reform. 

In the past week, a variety of proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly, touching on everything from occupational licensure to criminal justice reform. In this week’s feature, we look at some of the newest proposals introduced in Harrisburg and what they could mean for Pennsylvania citizens.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County

Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County

Delaware County officials and advocates joined the sponsors of two bills introduced in Harrisburg aiming to reduce gun violence Friday. Extreme risk protection orders, or ERPOs, serve as ways families and others can have firearms removed from the possession of those considered a threat to themselves or others.

ERPO laws exist in 14 states currently, including four that border Pennsylvania. Across the state, there have been more concerted efforts for protective laws, notably following the horrific shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last October.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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