Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

As Democratic lawmakers continue to call for gun reforms, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week announced the committee’s fall schedule, promising a series of hearings on gun violence, the statute of limitations and the parole process in Pennsylvania.

After two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas earlier this month, Baker pledged to hold public hearings prior to taking action on gun-related measures. Those hearings will be held on September 24 and September 25 to address “behavioral health, Second Amendment rights and other gun-related issues,” according to a release from her office.
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution

State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution

Eight months after the Clairton Coke Works fire that left Mon Valley air quality tainted, Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) announced legislation raising fines industrial sites that have exceeded pollution thresholds and mandating municipal warning systems. 

Believing that the Coke Works fire, which took place in his district, was caused in large part by negligence, Davis said he felt that legislative action was necessary to prevent further damage to the surrounding area. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) didn’t have much activity at his district office on Tuesday afternoon when The PLS Reporter sat down to speak with him. Over the weekend, he had hosted a few thousand residents at a street festival in South Philly. 

Residents got to talk about services with him and some city offices. However, Harris claims he hosts his annual summer event as a way to help his constituents just enjoy a day with their families without spending all the money demanded at amusement parks.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Want those vehicle registration stickers to return to license plates? At least one Republican is pushing his solution to bring a new incarnation of that system back, arguing it would be cheaper for taxpayers and better serve public safety.

But PennDOT officials have taken umbrage with the bill, authored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks). They say that proponents of bringing back the stickers, which would be modified to include the inspection and registration of a car, have used disingenuous statistics and that the current system saves taxpayer money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing

GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing

YORK, Pa. — Morally reprehensible, regressive, egregious — opponents to school property taxes in Pennsylvania on Tuesday were clear with their message to state lawmakers — they want the tax abolished. 
 
GOP lawmakers gathered Penn State York to explore proposals to eliminate local property taxes and supplant public school funding with another source. 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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