Bethany Hallam makes her case for county council seat in unconventional forum

Bethany Hallam makes her case for county council seat in unconventional forum

For nearly 20 years Allegheny County Council President John Defazio (D-Shaler) has sat comfortably in his at large seat. In previous cycles the Pittsburgh native, former professional wrestler, and proud union member sailed to re-election without challenge. That, is until this election cycle. 
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philly Council hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries highlights needs for community involvement

Philly Council hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries highlights needs for community involvement

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Rules Friday hurried through a meeting to pass through two bills, including one to restrict the spread of marijuana dispensaries in one neighborhood near the county border.

Currently there are six dispensaries operating in the city. The state mandates they open in commercial corridors, like the Beyond/Hello location that recently opened in the shopping district of Center City.

Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes two referendum questions, laud Meek Mill

City Council passes two referendum questions, laud Meek Mill

One week after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) visited City Council to offer his budget address, the body received another well-known Philadelphian. Rapper Robert “Meek Mill” Williams attended the weekly session, as council gave him a proclamation of “Meek Mill Weekend”.

Meek Mill has been a focal point of cultural and political conversation in the state. While the Philadelphia Eagles and fans celebrated the Super Bowl last year with his song “Dreams and Nightmares”, Mill sat in prison after a local judge jailed him for a parole violation. His release on bail in April drew national attention, and he has since become a powerful voice for criminal justice reform.

Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg

City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg

City Council passed some bills and resolutions Thursday before inviting Mayor Jim Kenney (D) to join them for the annual budget address. Among them were two resolution aimed at the capitol.

Council passed a resolution calling on the General Assembly to give more local control over traffic rules and enforcement. They also passed one supporting the efforts of Pittsburgh’s City Council to reduce gun violence and back common-sense gun legislation.

Friday, March 8, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces anti-pregnancy discrimination legislation

Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces anti-pregnancy discrimination legislation

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Erika Strassburger announced legislation on Tuesday seeking to amend the city code to ban employment discrimination against pregnant individuals, their partners and those seeking pregnancy.

The legislation gives pregnancy its own class in existing work anti-discrimination law and would extend protection to parties involved before, during, and after gestation and would apply regardless of whether a pregnancy resulted in a live birth. Strassburger said an explicit protection was necessary to ensure pregnant workers and their employees understood their rights and responsibilities in the workplace as many federal regulations allowed for loopholes. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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