Investigation into Department of Health’s fracking health complaint policy unlikely

Investigation into Department of Health’s fracking health complaint policy unlikely

Health and environmental advocates want more than just assurances from the Department of Health that health complaints possibly stemming from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling will be handled differently. They want an investigation into past reporting practices.

Such was the call from PennEnvironment and allied healthcare provider organizations Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The call comes in response to press reports of the Department of Health directing its employees to not report health complaints that could possibly be linked to Marcellus shale natural gas hydro-fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A LOOK BACK with Rep. Ron Miller (R-York)

A LOOK BACK with Rep. Ron Miller (R-York)

We sat down with Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) to discuss his memories in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, his greatest accomplishments, and what he plans to do once he leaves the Capitol.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: A Look Back
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Experts: heroin epidemic should have medical and legislative solutions

As the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concludes its hearings on the heroin epidemic’s impact on rural Pennsylvania Tuesday, experts say that its solutions should be medical.

As Deb Beck of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania notes, this is because the nature of the epidemic largely has a medical origin.

“It’s a drug problem that typically starts through getting a prescription for something, that’s the feature that’s new here,” she said. “We are seeing an increase in heroin use across Pennsylvania—including the rural areas—because of this prescription problem: the prescribing of opiates and then people end up converting to heroin because the withdrawal is so severe.”

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Opposition to Common Core Standards ongoing

Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core education standards in November 2013 and the conservative efforts to repeal them haven’t stopped since.

Last week, reigniting debate on the issue, Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) introduced House Bill 2439 that would repeal the standards while a commission formed under the legislation examined an appropriate replacement.

The bill currently has 23 co-sponsors.

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping up with the neighbors

A look at state government news across the region

Maryland deals with its own pension crisis; New Jersey sees another casino close; and New York sees inquiries into public record retention policies. 

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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