Lawmakers call for revenue source to combat PFAS chemicals

Lawmakers call for revenue source to combat PFAS chemicals

In the southeastern portion of the state, communities are grappling with the presence of PFAS — a type of toxic chemical found in firefighting foam — in their drinking water.

 

The problem isn’t unique to Bucks and Montgomery counties, but the prevalence of PFAS in suburban Philadelphia water sources has prompted state lawmakers to search for legislative solutions to their contaminated drinking water.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults

Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults

Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Bucks) introduced legislation in August that would significantly alter the Older Adult Protective Services Act. His bill would place more emphasis on mandatory reporting, something he says is crucial to protecting Pennsylvania seniors.
 
Mensch’s legislation, Senate Bill 819, creates a framework for oversight and information sharing, including legal challenges to interference. It also removes a good portion of the original law passed in 1987.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Mastriano plans to introduce heartbeat bill

Mastriano plans to introduce heartbeat bill

Freshman Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin) was sworn into office in June and authored a cosponsor memo in July for a heartbeat bill. Mastriano plans to introduce the legislation when the Senate returns to session in the fall. His legislation will ban abortions if a physician determines that the fetus has a heartbeat. Mastriano has spoken with former state representative Rick Saccone who introduced similar legislation in a previous session. Saccone’s bill, House Bill 2315, was introduced in 2018 and referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it died.

Mastriano has obtained cosponsors for the bill and is working closely with Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton) who authored her cosponsor memo for similar legislation earlier this year. He said that currently, he is “ironing out details, strengthening the legislation, and building a coalition of support.”
Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Rothman pushes legislation to raise the age for tobacco sales

VIDEO: Rothman pushes legislation to raise the age for tobacco sales

Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) sat down with The PLS Reporter to talk about legislation he is working on to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. 

This legislation would exempt members of the armed services. Rothman believes that if someone is old enough to fight for their country they should be able to buy tobacco products. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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