Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities

Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities

Philadelphia residents can now obtain a city-issued photo ID, as the city announced Thursday they’re now accepting and processing applications.

City Council passed legislation last year to create the municipal ID, modeled after those available in other big cities like New York and Chicago. This is the first city-issued identification in the state of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Testimony before the House Democratic Policy Committee Tuesday drove home one clear point: Bullying can no longer be considered just a part of growing up. It needs to be stopped.

Parents and experts spoke to state representatives in Germantown for over two hours. Stories of physical abuse, taunting, changing schools, and even suicide attempts mixed grief with anger. While many things may cause bullying, the anger it creates appears to be fomenting action from the legislature.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Policy Committee discusses future of transportation

Policy Committee discusses future of transportation

The House Democratic Policy Committee met Monday in Bucks County to learn more about the current state and projected future of transportation in Pennsylvania.

State officials and experts spoke of the need to fund more upkeep projects while preparing citizens for the jobs of tomorrow. Meeting at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, topics included maintenance and litter removal to career training of non-traditional college students.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Members of Philadelphia’s delegation to Harrisburg joined members of the city teachers’ union Friday in support of more funding to repair and better maintain some of the city’s aging school buildings.

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D), hosting the rally in her district, spoke about the need to fund $170 million in improvements and new hires outside of Francis Scott Key Elementary in South Philly, the oldest school building in the city.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill creating new standards for lead in public building renovations Thursday. They also passed a resolution supporting Governor Tom Wolf (D) and his Restore Pennsylvania plan.

The lead bill came out of recent committee hearings calling for more stringent testing for lead in children and properties, both public and residential. While receiving more attention statewide recently, this has been an area of focus for years in Philadelphia, where youth have disproportionately tested highly? Positive? for lead in their bodies, which leads to a variety of developmental problems.
Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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