Philly Delegation rolls out ambitious plan for 2019-20 legislative session

Philly Delegation rolls out ambitious plan for 2019-20 legislative session

Members of the state House’s Philadelphia Delegation stood united at a Capitol press conference Wednesday to unveil a new legislative platform for the next two years. 

The chorus from the 16 attending members of the 23-strong group was reducing the city of Philadelphia’s poverty rate.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: Philadelphia
Meeting Philadelphia’s four new House reps

Meeting Philadelphia’s four new House reps

The 2019-20 session of the Pennsylvania legislature brings new names across the state. In Philadelphia’s delegation, four new Democratic representatives were sworn in on New Year’s Day.

The outgoing reps combined for about a century of service in Harrisburg. Yet, as the commonwealth and her biggest city change, so do the faces representing those citizens.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

The Philadelphia Health Department and Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Wednesday new guidelines for doctors in prescribing pain medications following operations.

Created with doctors from the city’s major hospitals and health systems, they recommend significantly less doses of opioid painkillers to manage patients recovering from surgery.

Also, Kenney signed a 20-year purchase agreement with the Adams Solar project slated to open in 2020 to provide Philadelphia with renewable energy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday mandating employers in certain industries provide more stable work schedules and lead time in altering them. The vote was 14-3, along party lines.

Introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym (D-At Large), the bill brought crowds that filled both levels of the chamber’s viewing gallery, similar to the bill’s hearings in late October. Support has come from many labor and political groups, led by One PA.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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