Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement

Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement

After a fire cost an elderly woman her life in a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise two years ago, Fire Chief Daryl Jones collaborated with the mayor’s office to push for legislation to require that all such buildings include sprinkler systems. 

However, after the legislation’s second consecutive week being delayed for final vote in city council Tuesday, it’s clear requiring sprinkler systems in all high-rises in the city is much easier said than done. 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

As pressure continues to mount on the Senate to pass a bill to help survivors of child abuse, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said a deal was nearly in place


“We have almost all the components to a bill agreed to with a [victim’s compensation] fund,” Scarnati said. “We’re down to looking at what a window would look like. Attorneys are working, I’m working, we’re trying to come up with a compromise, something that Rep. [Mark] Rozzi will like.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

The Committee of Public Safety recommended an ordinance and a resolution to Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday. The former alters language on marijuana penalties in the city and individual conduct, while the latter seeks to further study the effects of “banning the box” on job applications and expand it to college applications.

The marijuana ordinance affirms the city’s position since the decriminalization of the substance was signed into law in 2014. The city also banned employers from asking about criminal backgrounds in job applications in 2016.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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Legislators push for health insurers to be required to cover pre-existing conditions

Legislators push for health insurers to be required to cover pre-existing conditions

Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) and Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) today discussed their legislation that would prevent health insurers from denying coverage to people based on pre-existing conditions.

Schweyer has introduced House Bill 2552 while Hughes has introduced Senate Bill 958 in their respective chambers.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Members speak on the passing of Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich

Members speak on the passing of Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich

Members of the House of Representatives spoke to The PLS Reporter following the death this morning of their colleague, Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna).
Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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