E-scooters face speed bumps on the way to legalization

E-scooters face speed bumps on the way to legalization

Two representatives from across the state are hoping to legalize electric scooters on Pennsylvania roads, which would clear the way for scooter-sharing companies to occupy mobility markets.

 

Representatives Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) have sponsored a bill that would add low-speed electric scooters to the state’s Vehicle Code, permitting them to be used on roads and streets across the commonwealth. The bill was the subject of a public hearing Thursday, where members of the House Transportation Committee heard from stakeholders about the benefits and impacts of legalizing e-scooters.

Friday, April 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Testimony before the House Democratic Policy Committee Tuesday drove home one clear point: Bullying can no longer be considered just a part of growing up. It needs to be stopped.

Parents and experts spoke to state representatives in Germantown for over two hours. Stories of physical abuse, taunting, changing schools, and even suicide attempts mixed grief with anger. While many things may cause bullying, the anger it creates appears to be fomenting action from the legislature.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (D-District 2) drops off his two young children at daycare before going to work. He sees fellow parents using different forms of transportation to unload their kids.

“Probably half the parents I see bringing their children to school are just on those little children’s scooters,” he said while chairing a joint committee on Wednesday. “They’re also setting up the mind frame of using those scooters as a mode of transportation, whether it’s now or later.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Open House seats could play big role in Democratic gains

Open House seats could play big role in Democratic gains

Projections made a week out from Election Day by one state election modeler give Democrats a one-in-seven chance of flipping the state House.

That’s a decrease from an earlier projection made by Carl Klarner, a former Indiana State political science professor. Formerly, his model, based off of previous election results and other measurables, gave Democrats a little less than a one-in-four chance.
Monday, November 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Doorbells ring, candidates rally and voters decide to split or not to split ahead of Tuesday

Doorbells ring, candidates rally and voters decide to split or not to split ahead of Tuesday

Knocking on doors is tedious in Upper Mount Bethel, a sleepy rural township of almost 7,000. But as dusk falls on Friday, Amy Cozze’s minivan pulls up to a wooden home, and she hops out to meet another voter.

The 35-year-old baker and breast cancer survivor is trying to flip the seat from red to blue while facing an entrenched incumbent. Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) has served since winning in 2010, during the Tea Party movement that took over Congress and state Houses across the country. Since then, no Democrat has broken 40 percent of the vote again him.


But Cozze is one of the Democrats running to try and win power back, hoping that enthusiasm, the top of the ballot, and some door-to-door coaxing of ticket splitting Democrats can bring results, while Republicans look to leverage a growing economy to hold their ground.
Sunday, November 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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