Rep. Ed Gainey holds policy hearing on assault weapons ban

Rep. Ed Gainey holds policy hearing on assault weapons ban

Although Pittsburgh City Council’s controversial legislation has stalled for the time being, Rep Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) hasn’t given up hope on banning assault weapons in the city. To better understand to impact of gun violence on communities and discuss his legislation seeking to reduce gun violence through banning the possession, transfer, and use or manufacture of assault weapons, Gainey hosted a hearing on the subject Thursday.

“We cannot remain complacent at a time when our communities are demanding we take the needed steps to answer the call of urgency by banning the use of assault weapons, which have no place on our streets, because people are dying,” Gainey said. “We can’t wait, and I will not back down or stop fighting my fellow lawmakers to act.”
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) introduced a bill in August that would ban guns and other dangerous weapons in public parks and recreation facilities.
 
The legislation, House Bill 1764, comes in the wake of multiple incidents at parks and other public areas during the summer. In Philadelphia, six were shot at a large cookout in a Southwest Philadelphia park over Father’s Day weekend.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
City Council passes lead remediation for residences

City Council passes lead remediation for residences

Philadelphia City Council Thursday unanimously passed a bill to allow for lead inspections in apartments and rented homes, starting next year.
 
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) earlier this year, creates a staggered schedule for residences rented to families with small children for inspections and testing for lead paint. This is the third bill Reynolds Brown has authored on lead in facilities that council has passed this year.
Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would enact more safeguards to cut down on wrongful convictions, increase daycare safety through smoke detector inspections and expand access to solar energy.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Thirty-one people died after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last weekend, prompting Pennsylvania Democrats to call for stronger gun laws before the Keystone State suffers another mass shooting of its own. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday stopped short of calling for a special session to address gun violence, but the York County Democrat made clear that he wants to see movement on major gun-related bills this session. 
Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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