Philly paid sick leave may be next policy preempted

Philly paid sick leave may be next policy preempted

House Bill 861, from Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), would overturn the city’s 2015 vintage paid sick leave policy. 

The House Industry and Labor Committee discussed the potential legislation Wednesday that aims to prevent local municipalities from creating their own labor policies.

Friday, June 15, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Conflict-of-interest bill not targeted at single legislator, says sponsor

Conflict-of-interest bill not targeted at single legislator, says sponsor

The House State Government Committee Tuesday passed House Bill 1970, which bans legislators from serving as a solicitor in a municipality or school district. Though it likely only affects one sitting legislator, its sponsor denied it was a targeted measure.

Thursday, May 3, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Lawmakers reboot municipal pension reform effort

Lawmakers reboot municipal pension reform effort

A renewed bipartisan effort to reform Pennsylvania’s beleaguered and fractured system of municipal pensions got underway Monday with an overview hearing held by the House and Senate Local Government committees.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, joined by his two predecessors Jim Roddey and Dan Onorato, introduced a report Thursday that they said would be the first step toward passing a state law to allow municipalities to disincorporate and rely on the county for government services. 

With 130 municipalities, more than any other county in the state, officials at the press conference said the proposed measure--a recommendation by the report Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation: Creative Solutions for Counties of the Second Class by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics--would allow smaller municipalities who struggle to support local services such as police or trash collection, or even elect local officials, to become “an entity of the county.” 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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