Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

A new statewide public health poll released Wednesday by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion found that a majority of Pennsylvanians believe climate change is a major public health threat, a finding which comes as lawmakers in the General Assembly are juggling multiple renewable energy proposals while also hosting climate change skeptics at informational hearings in the Capitol.

The survey, released in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Public Health Program, sheds light on statewide positions on climate change, marijuana legalization and vaccines. Respondents expressed support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, and relayed skepticism over claims that vaccines present dangers.
Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

Listing your apartment, condo or house on Airbnb? Legislators are trying to ensure that you’re paying your fair share of local taxes.

At a time when more and more property owners are listing their homes on short-term rental websites like Airbnb or Vrbo, lawmakers in Harrisburg are again considering legislation requiring them to register with their municipality.

Authored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), HB 787 would create a so-called registry for those listing on sites such as Airbnb, allowing local and state agencies to more easily track the listings and collect taxes which hotels and inns are required to pay.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Despite a last-minute effort from lawmakers to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Generation has announced that the last remaining nuclear reactor at Dauphin County’s Three Mile Island power plant will shut down at the end of September.

The future of Three Mile Island has been at the center of a debate in the General Assembly on two bills that would have subsidized nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania by adding them to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak

Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak

The Allegheny County Health Department announced the county was on high alert following reports of four additional cases of measles on Thursday night.

The cases are all in one family and consist of two unvaccinated children and two adults, one of whom was unvaccinated. With the exception of one of the adults, the family members aren’t county residents and were visiting from abroad. 

Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

As the medical community doubles down on research backing the effectiveness and safety of vaccinations, one lawmaker in the House is hoping to pass a bill that would bar doctors from being able to dismiss patients from a practice, and take away their medical license if they do so. 
  

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) was joined by lawmakers, members of the medical community and dozens of parents Tuesday to introduce HB 286, a bill which promotes “informed consent” and aims to limit discrimination within the medical community. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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