Amid bidding controversy, Philadelphia delays decision on voting machines

Amid bidding controversy, Philadelphia delays decision on voting machines

The Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners announced Tuesday night that they will not decide on a new vendor for voting machines system during their scheduled meeting Wednesday. Instead they will continue negotiations with prospective partners.

All counties in Pennsylvania must procure new voting machines for the 2020 primary elections, following an executive order from Governor Tom Wolf (D), who cited security concerns when issuing the mandate. Philadelphia County set their bid deadline for the end of 2018 to ensure ample time to decide on a vendor and acquire hundreds of new machines.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills

Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills

State Representatives Pam Snyder (D-Greene) and Carl Metzgar (R-Somerset) hope that a series of bills introduced in January will help better protect state corrections officers from inmate violence — and potentially save lives in the process. 

Snyder unveiled three pieces of legislation at the end of January with the goal of protecting corrections officers from violent interactions with inmates. Metzgar also re-introduced a seven-bill package that would place harsher penalties on inmates who assault prison staff.  
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an amended ordinance Tuesday altering tax exemption eligibility. The measure seeks to offer more homeowners the opportunity to save money by applying to the Longtime Owners Occupant Program by extending deadlines and increasing the cap on total exemptions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
VIDEO: Fetterman launches marijuana listening tour

VIDEO: Fetterman launches marijuana listening tour

The snow did not keep people away from the first stop on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's listening tour Monday night. Hundreds lined up outside the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg waiting to get through security to talk about legalizing marijuana.


The majority seemed to be in favor of legalizing adult use cannabis, but people from both sides showed up to give their opinions. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Freshman Focus: Rep. Brandon Markosek

Freshman Focus: Rep. Brandon Markosek

Meet Rep. Brandon Markosek (D-Allegheny), the new Markosek in Harrisburg. 

Markosek has been around Harrisburg and Pennsylvania government his whole life watching his father in office, and now it is his turn to make a change. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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