Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

In a majority decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that could limit school districts' ability to “spot assess” certain properties in their counties.

In the case, Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School, the owners of four apartment complexes argued that the Upper Merion School District contracted with a consulting firm to identify and recommend property assessments within Montgomery County to be appealed.
Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for June 26

The state General Assembly completed another busy session week.

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County legislative delegation were up to. 

Monday, July 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Friday to move out a proposal by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-West Mifflin) to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the control of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

House Bill 1490 is only one of the proposal’s currently being considered in Harrisburg to help elevate the crumbling water and sewer infrastructure that is crippling some Pittsburgh residents with a lead water issue.

The other two measures, Senate Bills 656 and 649, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs- especially when public health or safety are at risk. 

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Two legislative committees in Harrisburg moved forward legislation Wednesday that aims to improve the current crumbling structure of Pittsburgh’s water and sewer services.
The House Local Government Committee moved forward a proposal-Senate Bill 656- by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs and replacements.
The bill was passed unanimously by the state Senate last week, along with another proposal by Fontana that would allow local governments to use state PENNVEST funding to assist citizens with repairing and replacing deteriorating water and sewer lines.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll

Bill updating requirements of police body-worn cameras on its way to becoming law

In a near unanimous vote, the state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would clear the way for body worn cameras on police officers to be used more frequently.

Senate Bill 560 amends the state Wiretap Act to enable police officers to enter a private residence with an activated body-worn camera that audio-records conversations. Previously, an officer with a body-worn camera could only record, with audio, in a public space. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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