Henon on leave as Council passes resolutions, amends pharma regulations

Henon on leave as Council passes resolutions, amends pharma regulations

Councilman Bobby Henon (D-District 6) was absent from Philadelphia City Council session Thursday, after initially planning to attend. The body’s Majority Leader received a requested leave of absence.

Henon was part of the 116-count indictment handed down yesterday by the Justice Department, stemming from a multi-year investigation of IBEW Local 98, of which he’s a member and paid employee. Also involved was the union’s business manager John Dougherty, one of Philadelphia’s leading organized labor leaders. Henon’s office noted this absence and decision to turn himself in and face arraignment Thursday afternoon was a last-minute change of plans.

Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
American Lung Association releases its 17th "State of Tobacco Control" report

American Lung Association releases its 17th "State of Tobacco Control" report

The PLS Reporter sat down this week with Sarah Lawver, Advocacy Director for the American Lung Association, to discuss the group's latest "State of Tobacco Control" report. 

The report issues grades to states based on efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use. In every category but one, Pennsylvania received a failing grade.

Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Gov. Wolf calls for plan to fund infrastructures across the state

Gov. Wolf calls for plan to fund infrastructures across the state

Gov. Tom Wolf again called for a natural gas severance tax Tuesday, this time to fund infrastructure in the state However there are no indications that the plan will be any more palatable to opposing legislators than the one he pushed last session.

Whereas past proposals have attempted to use a severance tax to fund education, Wolf is now attempting to raise funds for a program that would invest in an array of infrastructure projects around the state, including flood containment, high speed internet access and blight reduction.
Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Montgomery County to offer paid parental leave for employees

Montgomery County to offer paid parental leave for employees

Montgomery County employees now have up to six weeks of paid paternal leave after county commissioners announced the policy change earlier this month. The new policy will go into effect Friday, February 1.

Montgomery County becomes the first in Southeastern PA to offer guaranteed paid time off for new parents. This policy covers employees during the first twelve months of a birth, adoption, guardianship, and foster care placement of a child. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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