Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

The Senate approved legislation earlier this month to create a bipartisan task force with the hopes of investigating the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem.  


Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced the resolution with the knowledge that lead exposure can threaten the health and well-being of every Pennsylvanian- especially seniors and children.  


The resolution calls for an advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a review of state law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months.  


Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of June 12

The state General Assembly wrapped up another legislative session week. 

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

Friday, June 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County DA says charges not warranted against Pittsburgh ICA, former director

Allegheny County DA says charges not warranted against Pittsburgh ICA, former director

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it will not pursue criminal charges against the agency overseeing Pittsburgh’s finances or its former executive director.  


In April 2016, the office of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala initiated an investigation into the operation and expenditures of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), and the duties of its former executive director Henry Sciortino, the ICA’s only employee.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

In an effort to eradicate invasive plant species in the city’s parks, Pittsburgh City Council today authorized the use of an unusual landscaping crew to aid in the endeavor – a herd of goats.

City Council passed a resolution at this morning’s early Standing Committee meeting by a vote of 8-0 that authorized the use of a goat herds to help with landscaping difficulties in one of Pittsburgh’s parks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

After hearing arguments on Philadelphia’s enacted soda tax in Pittsburgh in April, Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday that the tax is constitutional and not violative of Pennsylvania law.  


The American Beverage Association, The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, along with several Philadelphia businesses and consumers filed suit against the tax, which imposes a 1.5 per ounce fee on the distribution of sweetened beverages, stating that it is in violation of the state constitution.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Philadelphia
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