McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

Pittsburgh’s McFarren Street Bridge can look forward to a series of repairs this year, much to the relief of residents. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the reconstruction would be the first done under the city’s Clean Construction guidelines. 

When Peduto still sat on Pittsburgh City Council in 2011, he introduced legislation intended to limit diesel fuel emissions in the air. Under the law any city government construction project over $2.5 million is required to use diesel particulate filters and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in power trucks and other equipment. The McFarren Street Bridge will be the first time since Peduto’s council days that the law will be enforced. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Summer Lee

Freshman Focus: Rep. Summer Lee

Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter for our series "Freshman Focus." Find out what her goals are, why she decided to run and what she likes to do in her spare time.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia election officials Wednesday announced their selections for new voting machines and electronic sign-in books for city voting centers.

The three-member board of city commissioners chose the ExpressVote XL model from Election Systems and Software as the new voting machines for the city, and KNOWiNK as the new vendor for electronic sign-in books.

Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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