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Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined in Philadelphia Wednesday by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and abortion rights advocates to reiterate his promised veto of Senate Bill 3, legislation that passed the Senate earlier this month that would restrict abortions to only occur before 20 weeks and ban so-called dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers recently filed an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court arguing against the legality of Philadelphia soda tax.

 

The group of 36 members from the state House of Representatives and state Senate hailing from 28 counties, encompassing nearly every corner of Pennsylvania say they are directly impacted by the implementation of the tax "because the tax is not Constitutional, violates the law, and will result in lost sales tax revenue collection into the Commonwealth’s general fund, directly impacting the budget and jeopardizing the ability to pass a timely budget and the funding of important services."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

After President Donald Trump instituted an executive order last week temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-Majority countries, Pittsburgh City Council reasserted that Pittsburgh is "a city for all" by passing a six-piece legislative package on Tuesday aiming to make the region a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. 

“I could have never guessed when I introduced these bills where this country would be just two weeks later,” said Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), prime sponsor of the package. “Today, more than ever, I think that it's essential that this council stand up and send a message not only to the residents of Pittsburgh and the people of the country, but to the people of the world that your voice can be heard and that this city is a welcoming city that builds bridges, not walls.” 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Officials from Pennsylvania’s biggest cities respond to Trump Executive Orders, Philadelphia visit

Officials from Pennsylvania’s biggest cities respond to Trump Executive Orders, Philadelphia visit

As President Donald Trump makes his first visit to Pennsylvania since officially taking the reins as the nation’s top executive Thursday, lawmakers from both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are responding to the visit and recent actions by the President on immigration.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

In the first meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee since Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) took over as Majority Chairman, the committee voted along party lines to move to the full Senate for consideration a bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and legislation that would eliminate local ordinances providing paid sick leave.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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