Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Rick Geist, a former Blair County state representative known for his long stint as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, died last week while on a trip to Russia with his wife.

 

Geist represented the 79th House District from 1979 to 2012 — a 34-year career where he became the longest-serving House Transportation Committee Chairman in state history.

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Insurance questions surround e-scooter legalization debate

Insurance questions surround e-scooter legalization debate

A bipartisan duo in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is looking to legalize low-speed, electric scooters for road use, but are facing some insurance-related roadblocks along the way.

 

In a second informational hearing held by the House Transportation Committee Monday, state lawmakers sought answers to how scooter-sharing companies would insure their operations and whether or not scooter riders would be covered in case of accident or other liability.

Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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
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