City Council amends lead safety bill

City Council amends lead safety bill

Philadelphia City Council approved amendments to a bill that will provide for lead paint inspections in residential units Thursday, setting up for a vote next week that’s been asked for by advocates and citizens for months.
 
The legislation, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large), would now give property owners and landlords more time to prepare rental units for lead-safe certification and longer periods before requiring renewal. This will update existing laws passed in 2012.
Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week the House was back in session and through meetings and press conferences, a number of hot topics were brought up - from redistricting to gun laws all the way to a package of bills involving the natural gas industry. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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Redistricting is back on House State Government agenda but legislators are still in search of agreement on the matter

Redistricting is back on House State Government agenda but legislators are still in search of agreement on the matter

With a packed crowd necessitating an overflow room in the Capitol, the first House hearing on redistricting reform in some time drew no shortage of interest Wednesday as lawmakers look to determine the optimal way to draw district lines, although a tangible compromise remains some distance out.

Interest in redistricting was virtually non-existent in the House State Government Committee under its previous chair, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). But that appears to be shifting under new leader Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), who convened the hearing to give members a sense of the landscape.
Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents

Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents

For years the city of Pittsburgh has boasted being the country’s most livable city. According to a report released by the city’s Gender Equity Commission Tuesday, that’s not true for all residents.  

“Historically under-represented or marginalized groups continue to face inequities throughout our country and here in Pittsburgh,” Anupama Jain, the commission’s executive director said. “Overcoming barriers to equity requires reliable and current data that is disaggregated, in order for initiatives like the GEC to develop sustainable solutions for problems facing the city as a whole.” 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

On Monday, good government advocates took heart following a joint Senate and House hearing on election reforms with the hope that it might prompt action on the often thorny subject.

Two days later, the mood was decidedly different. Following the resignation of Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) after being charged with possession of child pornography, the powerful Senate State Government Committee will have new leadership as it wades into a series of high profile issues, including both voting reform and redistricting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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