City Council passes enhanced dumping penalties

City Council passes enhanced dumping penalties

The Philadelphia-Harrisburg relationship hasn’t always been the most symbiotic at times, with the General Assembly increasingly passing pre-emption rules, and harsh criticism on a variety of subjects coming the other way. Thursday, Philadelphia City Council passed legislation that might bring the sides together on a common cause.
 
Council unanimously passed a bill to increase dumping penalties, cracking down on those who leave garbage and industrial waste outside of properties and along streets, highways, or waterways to avoid paying to properly dispose it. The bill has been on the final passage calendar for a year after being introduced last fall.
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week

Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week

A bill that would restore the arrest powers of school police officers could get a final vote as early as next Monday, according to a spokesperson from the House Republican Caucus.

House Bill 49, which originally focused on high school personal finance courses, was amended in the Senate this week to restore school police arrest powers that were inadvertently stripped away by legislation signed into law in June.
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh

President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh

Amid protesters and banners to ‘Keep America Great’ President Donald Trump came to Pittsburgh to speak at the Shale Insight Conference on Wednesday afternoon at the David Lawrence Convention center. 

In a speech that pleased his supporters and horrified environmentalists Trump doubled down on his support of hydraulic fracturing, praised Pennsylvania’s potential for natural gas, and promised that the future of jobs in the commonwealth will come through investment in the natural gas industry. 
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing

Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing

In 2018 Allegheny County voters were given a choice to fund an $18 million children’s fund for the price of a property tax raise. Voters ultimately rejected the measure, but the effort did not go quietly into the night. 

After the defeat at the ballot, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced a 26-member working announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald believed the program was necessary for the county. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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