Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

The state House Judiciary and Transportation committees held a joint hearing in Pittsburgh Friday morning on various pieces of legislation by area lawmakers that would put an end to driver's license suspensions for individuals with non-driving convictions.

House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (Jefferson Hills), was the main topic of consideration, as it would remove a license suspension for convictions such as theft, purchase of tobacco or alcohol by a minor, or carrying a false identification card. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

The state House and Senate concluded legislative action for the 2017-2018 state budget this week. 

Here's how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegation voted on key budget bills. 

Friday, October 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority attempted to reconcile the competing demands of affordability and improvement at its bi-weekly board meeting Thursday morning.

 

To meet an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the PWSA board passed a resolution for emergency procurement of resources to execute three new infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to an older reservoir due to concerns that holes in the cover could lead to contamination from animal droppings.  Those concerns led to a precautionary boil advisory for 18,000 homes in August. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Administrative Order on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority requiring the Authority to make critical infrastructure upgrades and repairs to its public drinking water system to ensure adequate pressure and volume.

The Order requires PWSA to take specific corrective actions on three of its critical water system improvement projects on a schedule prescribed by the DEP. Those three projects include constructing a new liner at the 133 million gallon treated drinking water Lanpher reservoir; upgrading the microfiltration water treatment plant at Highland Reservoir #1 to include a UV disinfection system; and make improvements to the Brueken Pump Station by installing a backup pump and emergency backup power supply.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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