Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

To the relief of gun control proponents and ire of gun advocates, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed City Council’s much debated gun control legislation into law Tuesday. For the law’s supporters, in the aftermath of the Tree of Life massacre, the regulations that include an assault weapons ban with accessories as well as allowing the confiscation of firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” is long overdue.

But, there’s a major hitch, as state law prevents municipalities from passing gun control measures. Which is why, with the ink barely dry on the new laws and shortly after the signing, organizations such as Firearm Owners Against Crime, the Firearm Policy Coalition, and the Firearm Policy Foundation followed through on threats made in public hearings and council meetings and filed a lawsuit against the steel city.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Despite less visibly smog-filled air, Pittsburgh and areas that surround it continue to struggle with air quality. Aside making lists of worst places in the nation air quality-wise, a Christmas Eve Clairton Coke Works fire reminded residents and elect officials alike of the threat pollution poses to the most vulnerable in the city and in Allegheny County.

This week U.S. Steel announced that it had completed its repairs, but worries linger. After a post-agenda on air quality called by Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5), it’s clear the county has a long way to go where air quality is concerned.

Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: healthair
Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

In chambers filled with hopeful supporters and angry opponents, after months of debate Pittsburgh City Council passed its controversial and possibly unconstitutional gun legislation, Tuesday, by a 6-3 vote. 

After months of tense public hearings, grieving constituents, post-agendas, and the looming threat of lawsuits against the city by gun advocates, in 60 days following Mayor Bill Peduto’s signature, the ordinances that ban assault weapons and their ammunition as well as allow courts to confiscate firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” will enter the books. But there’s a catch. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

After a summer of lobbying, when given the choice to fund the $18 billion Children’s Fund through a property tax raise, Allegheny County voters narrowly rejected the measure. Months later, though the loss was disheartening for the initiative’s strongest supporters, it appears the county could have a children’s fund after all.

In a press release this week County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite his being on record as opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald said he felt the fund was necessary for the county’s children.  
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat

Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat

When Pam Iovino finished college, she was at a crossroads in her life. Thinking it would help her figure out the next step she joined the Navy.

“I thought I would just stay four years,” Iovino recalled. “I had a specific objective to get leadership experience and start building a resume with some nice bullets on it and to also earn some education benefits so that I could go to graduate school.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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