Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Ed Gainey holds policy hearing on assault weapons ban

Rep. Ed Gainey holds policy hearing on assault weapons ban

Although Pittsburgh City Council’s controversial legislation has stalled for the time being, Rep Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) hasn’t given up hope on banning assault weapons in the city. To better understand to impact of gun violence on communities and discuss his legislation seeking to reduce gun violence through banning the possession, transfer, and use or manufacture of assault weapons, Gainey hosted a hearing on the subject Thursday.

“We cannot remain complacent at a time when our communities are demanding we take the needed steps to answer the call of urgency by banning the use of assault weapons, which have no place on our streets, because people are dying,” Gainey said. “We can’t wait, and I will not back down or stop fighting my fellow lawmakers to act.”
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania

Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania

Over a year after the shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr, the ripple effect from the teenager’s death continues to be felt. On Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood where he lived, Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) gathered advocates and lawmakers from across the state to discuss legislation that would prevent police officers from using lethal force in the course of making arrests. 

As it stands the commonwealth gives officers a great deal of flexibility in when to use lethal force. If passed, the legislation - already controversial in its infancy - would only permit shooting if it’s necessary to protect an officer or others from imminent death or injury. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

In an increasingly uncertain world many Pennsylvanians worry over their futures. To examine options in Pittsburgh and around the state, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) called a hearing Friday where educators, public servants, and legislators discussed ways to help residents plan better financial futures.

Although the backgrounds of those who gave testimony varied, the consensus among the panelists was that few people are taught meaningful ways to handle their finances. To remedy this a program called Fund My Future has opted to start the education process with young children.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

A House committee Tuesday approved a bill to clarify which law enforcement officers can carry guns in school, a measure which has quickly turned into a referendum on allowing armed police in schools at all.

SB 621, authored by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), passed the Senate last week on a 32-17 vote. It comes after some school districts pulled armed officers out of schools following the state Department of Education’s interpretation of Act 44 of 2018 that armed security guard were not allowable.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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