Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Concerns about the disclosure of confidential information could be a hiccup to the progression of a key piece of pipeline safety legislation, although the bill’s co-sponsors remain optimistic a deal can be reached.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) and Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) are proposing the creation of a pipeline safety board, which would be charged with collecting and disseminating information related to planning, siting and construction of pipelines so as better to inform the public of potential safety risks and better coordinate state agency response.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

If a risk assessment tool suggested Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Luke Skywalker were highly likely to return to prison or cause trouble in society, should Pennsylvania use it?

That question, among others, confronted members of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Tuesday, as three days of public testimony kicked off in Philadelphia. Under scrutiny is the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument used to determine if an individual should be incarcerated or receive alternative sentencing.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

With only weeks left until the commonwealth’s children head back to school, flanked by medical professionals and Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Rep Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) introduced legislation they hope will increase vaccination in the commonwealth Tuesday. 

Immunizations, Frankel told a room of onlookers, are one of the 20th century’s most cost effective achievements when it comes to stopping the spread of life threatening diseases.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Lemonade stands remain illegal in PA without a permit, one legislator is working to change that

VIDEO: Lemonade stands remain illegal in PA without a permit, one legislator is working to change that

Most people are unaware that in Pennsylvania children under the age of 18 are not allowed to have a lemonade stand without purchasing a permit beforehand. 

After seeing how this law affected one of his own residents, Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) decided he would sponsor a bill changing that rule.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Republican David Rowe wins in three-way central PA House race

Republican David Rowe wins in three-way central PA House race

Lewisburg businessman David Rowe held off challenges both from Democrats and from within his own party to win a central Pennsylvania House seat Tuesday night.

Rowe defeated the Democratic nominee, Sunbury physician Jennifer Rager-Kay, as well as conservative Clair Moyer, who was staging a write-in campaign after being denied the Republican nomination, to win the right to represent the 85th Assembly District in Harrisburg.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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