Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

A divided Senate Wednesday afternoon passed Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), which would provide $15 million from the unemployment compensation trust fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund to would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

 

As the bill moved through the chamber by a 39-8 vote, it was touted as a short-term fix that will hopefully set up a longer-term solution.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

The Senate Education Committee Wednesday reported out a number of bills, including one bill that would place additional restrictions on the ability of school boards to approve property tax increases and another bill that would limit the ability of public school employees to accrue benefits while on full-time union leave.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

The House Democratic Policy Committee gathered once again in Pittsburgh, this time to discuss draft legislation that would create uniform towing regulations statewide. 

Stemming from complaints that “rogue” towing companies are taking advantage of accident victims at the scene of a vehicle crash before law enforcement arrive at the scene, Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) hopes to craft legislation that would create guidelines and regulations for how towing companies can operate. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Tuesday's press events discussed new fracking violations laws, bills to strengthen PA's PFA laws, and more

Tuesday's press events discussed new fracking violations laws, bills to strengthen PA's PFA laws, and more

Today at the Capitol members of the PennEnviornment Research and Policy center held a press conference to release a new report.

Also in the main rotunda there was the Fayette County Special Olympics contestants campaigned for “spread the word to end the word”.

Also, a group of senators unveiled four new bills that they are hoping offer more protection to victims of domestic abuse. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner held a press conference Tuesday to call on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to address the “public health crisis” that is elevated lead levels in city drinking water.

 

“We cannot continue the delays, and we cannot continue to fail to address what is the elephant in the room, the fact that lead is leaching through the lines in one of four of the homes that are serviced by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA),” said Controller Wagner. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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