Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Following the shooting of 17 year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June, western Pennsylvania legislators vowed to come back with steps to reduce police violence.

Today, three months later, Pittsburgh House and Senate Democrats unveiled a slate of measures to reform law enforcement training practices, police oversight, and improve mental health counseling and cultural awareness in an effort to head off rising tensions between residents and police. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Ending lawmaker car leases on House agenda for fall session

Ending lawmaker car leases on House agenda for fall session

When 27 state House members drive back into Harrisburg in two weeks, they may be asked to vote on keeping the wheels that brought them to session.

Multiple House Republican members and staffers expect HB 482 from Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) to come for a floor vote during the first week back. The bill would eliminate the leasing of state vehicles to elected lawmakers going forward — but those currently with a car would be grandfathered in.

Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Occasionally calling out crowd members by name on his home turf, Scott Wagner released his plan to tackle the opioid crisis Wednesday in York.

“I wish there was a switch we could just flip to cut this crisis off,” Wagner said to the crowd of about 200 people. “But the truth to be told is not that simple — there’s no switch to flip.”

Wagner’s plan includes expanding investments into programs with track records of ending addiction, providing more resources to law enforcement to crack down on drug dealers, streamlining regulations for mental health services and revamping the state’s prescription drug monitoring programs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Vogel telemedicine bill vetted before House Professional Licensure Committee

Vogel telemedicine bill vetted before House Professional Licensure Committee

Sen. Elder Vogel's (R-Beaver) Senate Bill 780, a bill that would define telemedicine and offer guidelines on who can provide telemedicine services and also clarify insurance companies' reimbursements for the services, was brought up in a House Professional Licensure Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

A decade since the enactment of the Clean Indoor Air Act, Allegheny County lawmakers came together to celebrate the law’s passage and call on their colleagues to increase the law’s authority.

When first implemented, the law forbade smoking in public areas, but allows for exceptions — too many as far as some elected officials are concerned.

“This is a matter of fairness,” Rep Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said. “We know the law works, but let’s make it work for everyone.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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