Officials from Pennsylvania’s biggest cities respond to Trump Executive Orders, Philadelphia visit

Officials from Pennsylvania’s biggest cities respond to Trump Executive Orders, Philadelphia visit

As President Donald Trump makes his first visit to Pennsylvania since officially taking the reins as the nation’s top executive Thursday, lawmakers from both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are responding to the visit and recent actions by the President on immigration.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

In the first meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee since Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) took over as Majority Chairman, the committee voted along party lines to move to the full Senate for consideration a bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and legislation that would eliminate local ordinances providing paid sick leave.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Making his bi-weekly appearance on KDKA 1020 AM’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway, Gov. Tom Wolf defended the process being used to vet the closure of two state correctional institutions.

 

“In the past, as I understand, what would happen is the Secretary of Corrections would say ‘We are going to open this prison or close that prison,’ and boom, that was it,” he said. “This time, I thought in the interest of transparency, say we need to close two prisons and here are five we’ve narrowed the list down to the prime candidates and we’re going to make a decision about that by January 26th.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

With the expiration of the initial 120-day deadline set for this Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday—in response to an emergency petition for deadline extension filed by the leaders of two Senate caucuses—granted the legislature an addition 120 days to find a fix.

 

The extension allows the current assessment on casinos that is sent to host municipalities to keep flowing until just before the Memorial Day holiday.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

In an effort to tackle the issue of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opiate addicted mothers, Gov. Tom Wolf, along with local government and hospital officials, toured and hosted a roundtable discussion at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh on Friday to learn best practices on how the administration can continue to fight the opioid epidemic. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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