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State lawmakers re-introduce bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth

State lawmakers re-introduce bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth

Following in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia’s footsteps, state lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday that would ban the practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors across Pennsylvania. 

During a press conference in Philadelphia’s City Hall, Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and members of the psychiatric community joined together to push the state legislature to pass SB 44, and a soon-to-be introduced House proposal, which would ban state-licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation “reparative” or “conversion” therapy with minors, otherwise referred to as sexual orientation change efforts. 
Thursday, January 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
State, local officials continue focus on combating opioid epidemic

State, local officials continue focus on combating opioid epidemic

Officials at the state and local levels continued their focus on combating the opioid epidemic in a number of events held Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
New Pittsburgh City Council bill pushes for wage equality

New Pittsburgh City Council bill pushes for wage equality

During Tuesday’s Pittsburgh City Council meeting, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) introduced legislation to prohibit the City of Pittsburgh from asking for the salary history of job applicants. 

“What you see on job applications, public and private sector is ‘what is your current salary’ or 'history of your salary’ and what that allows new employers to do is perhaps give you a small raise,” said the Councilman. “It seems like a win, but it is still far below what that position, your experience, and your skill set deserve to be paid and what it ends up doing is perpetuating the wage gap that particularly impacts women and minorities in this country.” 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Auditor General slams payout to former PPA executive director

Auditor General slams payout to former PPA executive director

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale slammed a recent payout to former Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Vincent Fenerty.

 

Fenerty stepped down in his post in September 2016 shortly before a likely vote by the PPA board to remove him from his position after allegations of sexual harassment on the part of Fenerty came to light earlier in the year.

Thursday, January 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia, Allentown urge President Obama to enhance immigrant protections before he leaves office

Philadelphia, Allentown urge President Obama to enhance immigrant protections before he leaves office

The mayors of Philadelphia and Allentown joined in an open letter with 28 other municipal heads to thank President Barack Obama for his actions on immigration reform and urging him to take further executive action to protect immigrants before he leaves office later this month.

Monday, January 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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