5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the arrest powers of school police officers to eliminating straight ticket voting, here are five bills to watch for the week of October 21. 
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Black residents call for reparations at Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearings

Black residents call for reparations at Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearings

At the request of a handful of residents Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing to discuss the case for reparations to black Pittsburgh residents Wednesday afternoon.

For the hearing’s first speaker and founder of the New African Independence Party Khalil Raheem, reparations means using a formal apology, policy changes, or even cash to address the barrier’s created by systemic racism.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Wolf Admin. finalizes controversial overtime protection regulations

Wolf Admin. finalizes controversial overtime protection regulations

The Wolf Administration Thursday announced the final details of a proposal that could bump overtime pay for almost 400,000 workers in the state, despite the objections of many state business leaders.

The proposal, first introduced in January of last year, must still go before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission for scrutiny. But as proposed it would raise the upper limit for those workers who must be paid overtime from $455 per week to $875 per week, representing $45,500 annually.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House Government Oversight Committee set to meet over lobbying disclosure law

House Government Oversight Committee set to meet over lobbying disclosure law

A new powerful oversight committee is scheduled to meet publicly for the first time next week to release its findings on a lobbying disclosure law enacted last year.

 

The House Government Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 21 on their investigation into Act 2 of 2018, legislation that strengthened reporting requirements and increased penalties for those lobbying state government officials.

Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Philadelphia City Council jumped into the electronic cigarettes debate through legislation introduced Thursday, which will limit sales of flavored and e-cigs with high concentrations of nicotine salts to adult-only stores requiring customers to verify their age of 18 or older.
 
The bill comes one day after Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced the pursuit of new regulations. There have been increased reports locally and nationally of people injured and dying from using electronic tobacco products.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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