In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny) introduced two bills last week that would combat the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth. 

The first bill, House Bill 2200, requires state agencies to report all efforts they take to implement laws regarding addiction. This information would be used to create a report submitted to the Department of State.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Opioids
Cell phone driving ban slated for April committee agenda following House hearing

Cell phone driving ban slated for April committee agenda following House hearing

With two bills on cell phone use behind the wheel in front of them, the House Transportation Committee heard over two hours of testimony from bereaved parents, state police and industry leaders Tuesday.

Both Rep. Rosemary Brown’s (R-Monroe) HB 1684 and Rep. Thomas Murt’s (R-Montgomery) HB 892 would make driving while using a handheld electronic device illegal for any reason.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor announces executive order creating paid safe leave policy

Pittsburgh Mayor announces executive order creating paid safe leave policy

Mayor Bill Peduto Tuesday announced an executive order creating a paid safe leave policy for city employees facing intimate partner violence. Once enacted, the policy will allow victims paid time off to deal with matters such as obtaining medical care, finding safe housing, and filing Protection from Abuse orders if necessary.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sen. McGarrigle's bill to provide schools with more revenue for better safety

Sen. McGarrigle's bill to provide schools with more revenue for better safety

Sen. Thomas McGarrigle (R-Delaware) sat down with The PLS Reporter to discuss his bill that would provide recurring revenue for the Safe Schools initiative.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video

Tweets of the Week - March 19, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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