Allegheny County implements 2016 Criminal Justice Report Recommendations

Allegheny County implements 2016 Criminal Justice Report Recommendations

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced this week that the county will begin implementing the first two of seven recommendations from the Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Improving Incarceration Policies and Practices in Allegheny County report 


The November 2016 report created by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics made a series of recommendations designed to enhance both the fairness and the cost-effectiveness of the county’s criminal justice system while maintaining a commitment to public safety.  

Friday, September 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Consulting firm on restructuring PWSA holds its second meeting

Consulting firm on restructuring PWSA holds its second meeting

Infrastructure Management Group (IMG), the consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, presented their second round of possible ways to restructure the Authority Tuesday before the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel of experts on the matter. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: PWSA
Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

The Peduto administration announced this week that it will be launching a new Multicultural Liaison Unit to help build relationships between the Department of Public Safety and the city’s immigrant and refugee population.  


The unit will translate police, fire, and medic materials into the five most common foreign languages in the city: Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators make push to include mental and physical health disabilities in school curriculum

Legislators make push to include mental and physical health disabilities in school curriculum

In an effort to stymie the stigma that often follows an individual suffering from a mental health disability, state Representatives Dan Miller (D-Mt. Lebanon) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) have introduced legislation to add curriculum requirements for health classes across Pennsylvania to educate students in an age-appropriate manner about mental health, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Ortitay introduces minimum gas royalty landowner protection bill

Rep. Ortitay introduces minimum gas royalty landowner protection bill

Since the natural gas extraction boom hit Pennsylvania, some landowners who lease their properties to gas companies for drilling purposes have become the target of bare minimum payments by those very gas companies legally bound to pay them their fair share of a royalty check.

State lawmakers have heard numerous examples of drilling companies drawing gas from leased properties then paying the mineral owners next to nothing after deducting their share of the costs of piping and processing the gas for market.

In an effort to increase fairness and transparency for landowners who receive natural gas royalties, state Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) has recently proposed legislation that would define what post-production costs are and what is considered to be an acceptable deduction. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
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