Bill updating requirements of police body-worn cameras on its way to becoming law

In a near unanimous vote, the state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would clear the way for body worn cameras on police officers to be used more frequently.

Senate Bill 560 amends the state Wiretap Act to enable police officers to enter a private residence with an activated body-worn camera that audio-records conversations. Previously, an officer with a body-worn camera could only record, with audio, in a public space. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
With three days before the PA budget deadline a universal agreement remains elusive

With three days before the PA budget deadline a universal agreement remains elusive

There’s just three session days remaining before the clock turns over to a new fiscal year and lawmakers are still without a universal agreement on a spending plan or a revenue package to close out the current fiscal year and balance the coming year’s budget.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Discussion of making Pittsburgh a so-called “sanctuary city” made a comeback Tuesday after City Council made preliminary steps toward honoring a petition by city residents requesting a public hearing on such legislation to make Pittsburgh “a truly welcoming City for all.”  


According to their Facebook page, the Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition filed the petition to City Council earlier this month to codify in law that all city public services should be made accessible to everyone regardless of immigration status, origin, color of skin, sexual orientation, religion or language.  


“The legislation should make it illegal for all City agencies, Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with the Immigration Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and to disclose information about the immigration status of any person,” reads the petition.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County continue cooperation on youth summer workforce program

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County continue cooperation on youth summer workforce program

As Pittsburgh Public Schools enter their second week of summer break, Pittsburgh City Council has moved along two bills to fund the city’s youth summer workforce program.

The two bills would allocate close to $1 million for the Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment Program, a six-week intensive workforce engagement for teenagers and young adults in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

The first of the two bills grants an $700,000 agreement with Partner4Work, a nonprofit workforce development organization, for the shared operation of the Learn and Earn program alongside the city and county. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Clean slate bills move ahead in General Assembly

VIDEO: Clean slate bills move ahead in General Assembly

New clean slate bills, Senate Bill 529 and House Bill 1419 would seal nonviolent misdemeanor offenders' records from the public after 10 years of staying out of trouble.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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