First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

The Department of Environmental Protection released its first round of statewide tests for PFAS Thursday, with only one location of the 96 sampled having elevated levels above federal guidelines.

The Wolf Administration announced in September of 2018 that it would begin statewide PFAS testing at high risk locations. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl contaminants, can originate in manufacturing or wastewater treatment facilities. The chemicals can cause cancer and other health problems in high concentrations.
Thursday, December 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

There is little doubt that criminal justice reform has been one of the biggest bipartisan movements in recent years in the Capitol, with members of both parties coalescing around reducing the state’s prison population to save money and give many offenders a second chance.

But now members are faced with a dilemma - as they search for ways to curtail gun violence across the commonwealth, should that kind of reform extend to those convicted of gun or violent crimes.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House passes state repealer bill after key Republicans vote yes

House passes state repealer bill after key Republicans vote yes

When House Republicans advanced a sweeping regulatory reform package in the spring, one bill was missing. That bill, House Bill 1055, would create a state office tasked with identifying regulations to repeal — something Democrats decried and Republicans praised.

 

And while the bill looked certain to pass, a 100-97 vote fell short of the constitutional majority needed to pass, calling the bill’s future into question. But a motion to reconsider on Tuesday resurrected the bill, which, this time, passed the House with enough votes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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