Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

After receiving the correct amount petition signatures, a group of voting-rights advocates were granted a public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council Wednesday to place an election-related referendum question on the fall City ballot.  


The advocates petitioned that the question read: “Shall City of Pittsburgh voters be provided with and use new voting equipment for the 2020 presidential election cycle (and thereafter) that utilizes a human-readable, voter-verifiable paper record as the primary officials record of the voter’s intent; that the voter can verify accurately reflects his or her intent while the voter is still in the process of voting; and that is usable for audits and recounts?”  

Thursday, August 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Dozens of advocates filled the Pittsburgh City Council chambers Wednesday during a public comment period before council members in an effort to spur officials to designate Pittsburgh as an official sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

The public comment period was brought to city council by a petition campaign driven by Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition. Public forums in front of city council can be triggered by petitions with 25 collected signatures.

Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition’s petition requests that city council pass legislation that would codify Pittsburgh as a so-called “sanctuary city”, which would make it illegal for any city agencies and the Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). There is no drafted legislation to designate Pittsburgh as a sanctuary city currently in city council.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council held a post agenda meeting Tuesday on preliminary discussions on programs aimed at stimulating commercial and residential development in several targeted city neighborhoods.

Much of the dialogue at the meeting, headed by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), centered around the necessity to construct comprehensive tax exemption programs for real estate developers that fit into the current – and future – conditions of Pittsburgh’s economy and demographics.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council moves to support statewide minimum wage hike

Pittsburgh City Council moves to support statewide minimum wage hike

While Harrisburg is still engaged in a state budget debate, Pittsburgh City Council has moved ahead with support of a measure introduced to raise Pennsylvania’s statewide minimum wage.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) today introduced a Will of Council to support Pennsylvania House Bill 1520, introduced by Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin), aimed at incrementally increasing the state’s minimum wage until it reaches $15.00 an hour in 2024.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Discussion of making Pittsburgh a so-called “sanctuary city” made a comeback Tuesday after City Council made preliminary steps toward honoring a petition by city residents requesting a public hearing on such legislation to make Pittsburgh “a truly welcoming City for all.”  


According to their Facebook page, the Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition filed the petition to City Council earlier this month to codify in law that all city public services should be made accessible to everyone regardless of immigration status, origin, color of skin, sexual orientation, religion or language.  


“The legislation should make it illegal for all City agencies, Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with the Immigration Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and to disclose information about the immigration status of any person,” reads the petition.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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