Freshman Focus: Rep. Louis Schmitt

Freshman Focus: Rep. Louis Schmitt

Meet Rep. Louis Schmitt (R-Blair) from the 79th district. Schmitt admits that he might be the tallest legislator in the building and that doctors often have a hard time measuring his exact height. 

Find out more in The PLS Reporter's interview including what made this lawyer of 31 years decide to run, what challenges he hopes to work on his district and more. 

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Members, friends and family join for Karen Coates memorial

Members, friends and family join for Karen Coates memorial

Friends, family, lawmakers and staffers gathered Wednesday for a memorial to Karen Coates, the former chief of staff to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who passed away last week, calling her a fiercely intelligent professional who balanced her work with a love of her family.

Coates, who served as Turzai’s chief and legal counsel since he ascended to the Speakership in 2015, died last Thursday following a brief illness.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
State reps pursue solutions for lead testing in Philadelphia hearing

State reps pursue solutions for lead testing in Philadelphia hearing

The House Democratic Policy Committee discussed mandatory lead blood testing for Pennsylvania children Tuesday at a hearing in Philadelphia. Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), who has introduced legislation requiring these tests at ages one and two, hosted at the National Constitution Center, which is in her district.

Philadelphia has become a focal point in efforts to eradicate lead poisoning. Isaacson has mentioned the lead dust brought up from dismantling old industrial buildings and creating new housing in the 175th district as one of her major concerns. At the hearing, she also noted how much this policy meant to her predecessor and former boss, Rep. Mike O’Brien.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Bipartisanship, involvement highlight state lawmakers' meeting with community

Bipartisanship, involvement highlight state lawmakers' meeting with community

How do neighbors rebuild community bonds and trust? The same ways politicians cross the aisle and get things done, apparently. Just start conversations.

 

Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) hosted Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) for a town hall meeting to address hateful rhetoric and violence Thursday evening in the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia. The event was a response to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last October.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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