Pittsburgh controller wants more information about Uber's self-driving cars

Pittsburgh controller wants more information about Uber's self-driving cars

In an email sent to Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb asked the mayor to make clear what terms, if any, have been negotiated with the ride-sharing company Uber concerning data collection while the company’s autonomous vehicles are being tested and used on city streets. 

“I support your efforts to bring new jobs and industry to Pittsburgh and you are correct that the relationship between the City and Uber must be a ‘two way street',” wrote Lamb in the letter. “Unfortunately, to this point, the relationship with Uber appears to be a one way limited access highway.”
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

In its first meeting of the 2017-2018 legislative term, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an operating policy that would limit the ability of the committee to consider amendments outside the fiscal implications of legislation.

 

In the past, the committee has been the Senate-jurisdiction-of-last-resort for some wishing to change legislation as standing committees often try to move the process along without consideration of amendments.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Outside groups respond to paycheck protection’s advance from committee

Outside groups respond to paycheck protection’s advance from committee

The Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday advanced a controversial proposal that would eliminate the ability of the government to automatically deduct union political donations from employee paychecks and groups from outside the Capitol are voicing their opinion on the legislation.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

After President Donald Trump instituted an executive order last week temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-Majority countries, Pittsburgh City Council reasserted that Pittsburgh is "a city for all" by passing a six-piece legislative package on Tuesday aiming to make the region a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. 

“I could have never guessed when I introduced these bills where this country would be just two weeks later,” said Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), prime sponsor of the package. “Today, more than ever, I think that it's essential that this council stand up and send a message not only to the residents of Pittsburgh and the people of the country, but to the people of the world that your voice can be heard and that this city is a welcoming city that builds bridges, not walls.” 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would remove the statutory provisions establishing in law the minimum amount of paid sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to be granted to public school teachers and would instead subject such benefits to collective bargaining between each individual school district and teachers.

 

While the bill—Senate Bill 229—did advance to the full Senate for consideration, it did so with bipartisan opposition.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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