Pittsburgh Controller files ethics complaint against Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

Pittsburgh Controller files ethics complaint against Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

City and Pittsburgh Public Schools Controller Michael Lamb filed an ethics complaint against the district’s Superintendent Anthony Hamlet on Friday, on the grounds that Hamlet failed to file a statement of financial interests for the past two years.

This comes on the heels of a headline-making request by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale that the district provide details on travel done after an unauthorized trip by Hamlet and his deputies.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

After conducting more than 11 million internet speed tests across Pennsylvania, a prominent telecommunications researcher says that access to broadband internet in Pennsylvania is worse than publicly advertised.

 

Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications researcher at Pennsylvania State University, joined state lawmakers Tuesday to detail findings of a rural broadband internet study which found that data provided by the Federal Communications Commission paints an overly-optimistic picture of broadband access in Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

Following the completion of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on recreational marijuana, lawmakers cautioned Monday in a joint House hearing that they would take their time in considering the impact legalization of the drug could have on Pennsylvania.

The House Health and Judiciary Committees heard from law enforcement, gun control advocates and gun owners about the effect of marijuana use, both medical and recreational, has on gun ownership. The matter is complicated, those testifying said, because of how federal and state laws conflict.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joined on Monday morning to discuss legislation that they co-sponsored that deals with the hate crimes that have been happening in the Commonwealth.

SB 676 is called the Tolerance, Respect and Understanding Program, also known as TRU.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Tomlinson looks to strengthen penalties against games of skill, while Pace-O-Matic stands up for their machines

Tomlinson looks to strengthen penalties against games of skill, while Pace-O-Matic stands up for their machines

On Monday afternoon, Sen. Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks) was joined by Pennsylvania Lottery officials, the Pennsylvania State Police and others to introduce Senate Bill 710, which would strengthen penalties against illegal skill games.

Tomlinson estimates that these “Pennsylvania Skill Games” have cost the Pennsylvania Lottery nearly $138 million in sales over the last year due to being unlicensed and untaxed equipment and therefore kept funding for senior programs funded by the State Lottery.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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