Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senators on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Friday to discuss a bill that would allow family members to seek involuntary commitment of those suffering from the opioid crisis and drug users.

The bill, Senate Bill 391 sponsored by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills), is currently going through a rewrite as the Senator has offered an amendment that would allow a spouse, relative or guardian—or anyone at the request of the spouse, relative or guardian—of a user to file a petition with the Single County Authority after a suicide attempt, overdose, shows an inability to make a rational decision, or has harmed or has attempted to harm others.
Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Capitol Rotunda 1,250 lights brighter as the Wolfs light this year's Christmas tree

Capitol Rotunda 1,250 lights brighter as the Wolfs light this year's Christmas tree

Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife Frances joined DGS Sec. Curtis Topper and other dignitaries at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Capitol's Main Rotunda to light the 22-foot tall Douglas Fir.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video

Tweets of the Week - December 4, 2017

Check out the week as described in Tweets from Pennsylvania's top influencers.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Following Auditor General’s report, calls mount to end state control of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Following Auditor General’s report, calls mount to end state control of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently issued a scorching report of the management of the Philadelphia Parking Authority by its oversight board that he said allowed for an unchecked, irresponsible executive director and practices that led to the School District of Philadelphia missing out on nearly $78 million in funds from uncollected parking fines.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration rolled out a new health care plan that partners with private insurance companies to coordinate care for elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians. 

The program, called Community HealthChoices, will be mandatory for all individuals over the age of 21 who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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