Pittsburgh city council is looking for an independent voice in city management

Pittsburgh city council is looking for an independent voice in city management

As council wound down last Wednesday, Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess (District 9) took the time give a brief statement to the emptying chambers, down to only the necessary five to have quorum.

“Over the years council has ceded a lot of the authority overseeing projects to city planning, to other entities,” Burgess said. “If council has the appetite to, we could always change the code and put more approval in our hands. I’m open to that conversation.”

Friday, February 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Ortitay's new bill would require legislators to pay back money not earned due to resignation

Ortitay's new bill would require legislators to pay back money not earned due to resignation

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) sat down with The PLS Reporter to discuss his bill House Bill 2045. This bill would require legislators to pay back their salary not earned if they resign before the 15th of the month.

Friday, February 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 55: Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks)

This week, the podcast sits down with Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) to talk about her bill to ban non-disclosure agreements in cases of sexual harrassment. We also talk about her district and what she enjoys about being a state senator. An update on the latest redistricting/state government news is provided.
Friday, February 16, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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Sen. Corman: “The governor has chosen chaos”

Sen. Corman: “The governor has chosen chaos”

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said Thursday afternoon that Gov. Tom Wolf declined a GOP offer to work along bipartisan lines to seek an extension from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court while the two sides work together to draw an agreed-to map, though while keeping the 2011 congressional map in place for the upcoming 2018 mid-term election.

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

An argument over paid sick leave in Pittsburgh is instead turning into a fight over the rights of Pennsylvania municipalities, one that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have a large say in. 
 
At a rally outside the doors of Pittsburgh city council Thursday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilmen Corey O’Connor (District 5) and Ricky Burgess (District 9) and a group of local activists, all gathered to promote the filing of legal briefs with the state’s highest court. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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