Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

On the heels of legislation introduced in the state House last week to put the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the watch of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Senate Minority Chairman Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) filed a co-sponsorship memorandum Wednesday to do the same in the Senate.

“The PWSA’s mismanagement has touched nearly every aspect of its operations,” wrote Costa in the memo. “Management and consultant debacles; endless board turnover; lead contamination that is amongst the worst in the country; drinking water concerns necessitating boil alerts; illegal chemical treatments and infrastructure failures.” 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
As SCI Pittsburgh comes to a close, plans for development and prison closure reform ramp up

As SCI Pittsburgh comes to a close, plans for development and prison closure reform ramp up

Things are quietly winding down as the state correctional institution in Pittsburgh gets ready to permanently close its doors on June 30th. 

 

As of May 19th, there are zero inmates in the facility that once housed 1,921 convicted individuals, and only a few employees remain to finish out the closure process. Those remaining employees will begin their new assignments at surrounding facilities on May 21, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC). 

Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) announced Thursday that they plan to introduce legislation to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC). 

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Miller aims to create legislation implementing a concussion protocol for law enforcement

Rep. Miller aims to create legislation implementing a concussion protocol for law enforcement

Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) held a press conference in his district of Mt. Lebanon Thursday to explain how a bill he has authored would protect the health of law enforcement officers by establishing a concussion and head injury protocol. 

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

In the battle to enact Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled this week that city council had no authority to pass the ordinance intended to offer paid sick leave to low-wage workers.

The holding also puts in jeopardy similar ordinances currently on the books in other areas of the commonwealth. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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