Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

In Pittsburgh for a number of years the Office of the City Clerk has been responsible for keeping track of records related to city council matters and legislation. All other city departments have been responsible for their own records, without uniform standards or resources. According to city officials this has led to less than stellar record keeping. Two bills, 539 and 540, which received their final vote Tuesday, seek to change that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Supporters, Lawmakers celebrate rare disease awareness day

Supporters, Lawmakers celebrate rare disease awareness day

Dozens of advocates and legislators joined in the Capitol Tuesday morning to support PA National Rare Disease Day and the more than 1.2 million people in Pennsylvania who are affected by a rare disease.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: House State Government passes Grove package to reinvent and merge state agencies

VIDEO: House State Government passes Grove package to reinvent and merge state agencies

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) spoke with The PLS Reporter after the House State Government Committee passed out a package of bills that he claims will reinvent state government. 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Bill to limit who firearms can be handed over to passes House Judiciary

VIDEO: Bill to limit who firearms can be handed over to passes House Judiciary

On Tuesday morning the House Judiciary Committee met to go over a handful of firearm bills. 

The committee started off the meeting with Rep. Marguerite Quinn's (R-Bucks) House Bill 2060, which would require an individual who is found guilty and sentenced before a judge to hand over their firearms to a law enforcement officer or a licensed dealer. This bill would also shorten the amount of time that firearms must be forfeited from the current deadline of 60 days to 48 hours for an individual convicted of the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 

Rep. Quinn spoke with The PLS Reporter after the meeting.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Legislation to add procedures as to how public safety buildings are shuttered has worked its way through the General Assembly, and House State Government Committee focused on it at a hearing Monday.

SB 748, from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuykill), and its companion HB 1606 from Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming), would require 12-months’ written notice to local and state officials before a prison or state police building is closed down.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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