Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

The House Democratic Policy Committee gathered once again in Pittsburgh, this time to discuss draft legislation that would create uniform towing regulations statewide. 

Stemming from complaints that “rogue” towing companies are taking advantage of accident victims at the scene of a vehicle crash before law enforcement arrive at the scene, Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) hopes to craft legislation that would create guidelines and regulations for how towing companies can operate. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner held a press conference Tuesday to call on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to address the “public health crisis” that is elevated lead levels in city drinking water.

 

“We cannot continue the delays, and we cannot continue to fail to address what is the elephant in the room, the fact that lead is leaching through the lines in one of four of the homes that are serviced by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA),” said Controller Wagner. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Dem. Policy Committee debates municipal state police fee in Pittsburgh

House Dem. Policy Committee debates municipal state police fee in Pittsburgh

The House Democratic Policy Committee met in Pittsburgh Monday afternoon to examine a proposal that would charge a state police fee for municipalities without a local police force. 

The hearing focused on a recent Legislative Budget and Finance Committee review of the Motor License Fund and its support of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Per the state constitution, a provision states that funding provided to the PSP from the Motor License Fund must relate to highway safety. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

State legislators and school officials met at O’Block Jr. High School in the Plum Borough School District Friday to continue a series of eight statewide hearings on PlanCon- a program which aims to reimburse school districts for construction costs. 

The Pennsylvania Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction (PlanCon) Advisory Committee, consisting of both House and Senate Appropriation Chairs, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and other education stakeholders, are tasked with issuing recommendations for changes to the program by mid-May. 

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

As U.S. House members debate a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington, Pennsylvania officials met in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the impact the move would have for state residents.

During a press conference at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said that because of the ACA, 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million can’t be denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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