Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released an audit of the Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund on Thursday. The good news, according to Lamb, is that there’s no sign of missing funds. The bad news: the controller’s office found some bookkeeping issues.      

The narcotics trust fund was established by Pittsburgh City Council in 1985 with the imprest fund following in 1987. Its purpose was to provide a place for money seized in narcotics investigations.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would roll back PennDOT’s decision to allow gender-neutral licenses, restrict the use of PFAS-based firefighting foam and prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgeries for state prison inmates. 

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers eye firework reform following summer recess

Lawmakers eye firework reform following summer recess

With summer ending soon Pennsylvania residents may see fewer fireworks in their neighborhoods and parks, but once the legislature returns to Harrisburg this month, lawmakers will begin attempting to pass legislation paring back the recent proliferation of consumer fireworks in the commonwealth.

Act 43 of 2017 legalized consumer fireworks in Pennsylvania for additional tax revenue, but with few established regulations on the sale and use of consumer fireworks, the General Assembly is now looking to provide more guidance for residents buying and operating fireworks.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Robert Cochran
Categories: News and Views
Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Rick Geist, a former Blair County state representative known for his long stint as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, died last week while on a trip to Russia with his wife.

 

Geist represented the 79th House District from 1979 to 2012 — a 34-year career where he became the longest-serving House Transportation Committee Chairman in state history.

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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