As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

Listing your apartment, condo or house on Airbnb? Legislators are trying to ensure that you’re paying your fair share of local taxes.

At a time when more and more property owners are listing their homes on short-term rental websites like Airbnb or Vrbo, lawmakers in Harrisburg are again considering legislation requiring them to register with their municipality.

Authored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), HB 787 would create a so-called registry for those listing on sites such as Airbnb, allowing local and state agencies to more easily track the listings and collect taxes which hotels and inns are required to pay.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill which would speed up the timeline for landlords to carry out the eviction of their tenants, despite concerns that the measure might be unconstitutional.

Authored by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee on a party-line vote, HB 71 would require an order of possession be issued within two days of a tenant’s appeal window being exhausted if a judge sides with the landlord in an eviction case.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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VIDEO: Toohil and others push for legislation to help youths in foster care

VIDEO: Toohil and others push for legislation to help youths in foster care

Rep. Tara Toohil (R-Luzerne) and a handful of her colleagues joined members from the Juvenile Law Center and others to fight for Pennsylvania to become a national model for change by fixing the broken foster care system. 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Philadelphia mayoral debate produces positions, attacks

Philadelphia mayoral debate produces positions, attacks

The three candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia’s mayoral race met for their only televised debate Monday night.  

 

Mayor Jim Kenney will face State Senator Anthony Williams and former city controller Alan Butkovitz Tuesday in the primary election. Kenney has led the polls and looks to continue the trend of incumbents winning re-election that’s dominated Philadelphia politics since 1983. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

The House Education committee approved a slate of bills Monday designed to beef up the state’s charter school law, despite the fact that the committee’s chair acknowledged they will need alteration before being considered by the full chamber.

The four-bill package would aim to modernize the charter school code, which proponents of the measures say hasn’t been meaningfully addressed since it was approve in the 1990s. The bills would give charters the right of first refusal for purchase or lease public school buildings, create a standardized charter application and increase ethics requirements for charter and cyber charter boards.
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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