Pittsburgh City Council extends gunshot-detection software with talks of expansion

The Public Safety Committee of Pittsburgh City Council voted out a piece of legislation Wednesday that would provide an additional $135,000 to continue the city’s subscription with a gunshot-detection hardware and software company, for a total of $464,000.

ShotSpotter, Inc, located in Newark, California, has been working with Pittsburgh since 2013 to install its equipment and operate its system, which uses sensors to pick up sounds of gunfire and report those incidents to the police.
Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Adding on to state and local proposals already being floated, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (District 1) introduced on Thursday a proposal that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” from being practiced on LGBTQ youths within the city.

 

“Conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, is a practice whereby a mental health professional tries to alter a person’s sexual identity or sexual orientation.

 

According to a statement, the ban would not apply to mainstream therapies that facilitate support or acceptance of LGBTQ identities, social support or identity exploration, or that address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Secretary Wiessmann shares Consumer Protection and Business Outreach update

Secretary Wiessmann shares Consumer Protection and Business Outreach update

Secretary of Banking and Securities, Robin Wiessmann, discussed Gov. Wolf's four goals for his Consumer Financial Protection Initiatives and the Department of Banking and Securities business outreach at a press conference Thursday morning.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pittsburgh region officials announce $7.8 million in grants for transportation improvement projects

Pittsburgh region officials announce $7.8 million in grants for transportation improvement projects

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joined members of the Allegheny County delegation in the state House and Senate to announce $7,778,309 in funding for various improvement projects around the region. 


“We are very grateful to have such strong partnerships with the members of the State Senate and House who represent Allegheny County in Harrisburg, as well as Governor Wolf,” said Fitzgerald. “It is through those partnerships, and all of us working together for the greater good, that we are able to see success such as these.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale defers unemployment compensation funding audit decision until January

DePasquale defers unemployment compensation funding audit decision until January

After receiving a number of requests from legislators to conduct a financial and performance audit of the unemployment compensation system in Pennsylvania, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Wednesday that he will defer making a final decision as to whether to pursue and audit until January.

 

Requests from lawmakers to examine how finances have been spent in the past and the operational efficiency of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation call centers started almost immediately after the Department of Labor and Industry announced in November that the legislature’s failure to pass a funding extension for certain aspects of the UC system would result in nearly 600 layoffs within the department and the closure of three call centers as well as the Harrisburg overflow center.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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