City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Summer Lee

Freshman Focus: Rep. Summer Lee

Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter for our series "Freshman Focus." Find out what her goals are, why she decided to run and what she likes to do in her spare time.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia election officials Wednesday announced their selections for new voting machines and electronic sign-in books for city voting centers.

The three-member board of city commissioners chose the ExpressVote XL model from Election Systems and Software as the new voting machines for the city, and KNOWiNK as the new vendor for electronic sign-in books.

Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning

Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning

Flanked by residents and affordable housing advocates Pittsburgh Councilmember Deb Gross announced inclusionary housing legislation Tuesday morning. In an ever-changing city, activists and elected officials have struggled to find a way to help the most vulnerable residents keep their homes when businesses move in and prices go up. 

When speaking of Lawrenceville, the neighborhood the legislation is focused on, Gross told press conference attendees that the development has unfortunately come at a price. 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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