Millions in Congressional funds in jeopardy for Pennsylvania farmers, report finds
By: Cassie Miller - December 9, 2023
Pennsylvania farmers could stand to lose $256 million if Republicans get their way and funding for the programs are eliminated by Congress, according to the report.
Pennsylvania looks to expand access to doula services in 2024
By: Cassie Miller - December 8, 2023
Doulas, who are non-medical, trained professionals provide emotional, informational, and physical support before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth, such as help with breastfeeding, breathing techniques during labor, and planning the birthing process. Doulas have been praised by medical professionals and lawmakers who say their services help improve maternal health outcomes in Pennsylvania.
Pa. to receive grant funding for development of wildlife corridors
By: Cassie Miller - December 7, 2023
The grant funding was announced Tuesday and is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which allocated $350 million for wildlife crossing and related projects over five years.
Lt. Gov. Davis highlights $17.5M Harrisburg stormwater infrastructure project
By: Cassie Miller - December 5, 2023
The project on the grounds of the facility includes porous asphalt and a storage and filtration system. It’s part of a larger stormwater infrastructure project being completed to comply with the Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative.
Hydrogen Hubs face scrutiny at Senate Dems hearing
By: Cassie Miller - December 4, 2023
The hearing, held by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, was designed to give lawmakers more information on hydrogen hubs and their ability to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth while also supporting sustainable economic growth.
EPA proposes plan to replace 100% of lead service lines within 10 years
By: Cassie Miller - December 1, 2023
The proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements are part of an effort to reduce lead in drinking water that can harm children and adults and disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities.
Commonwealth Court rules skill gaming terminals are not slot machines
By: Cassie Miller - November 30, 2023
The appellate court sided with POM, the developer and distributor of the machines in question, that their gaming terminals are not slot machines as the Commonwealth argued, but are instead “primarily games of skill and, thus, not gambling devices per se,” ending a years-long legal battle over how to categorize the company’s machines.
Pa. environmental groups file appeal of RGGI ruling
By: Cassie Miller - November 29, 2023
“Participation in the RGGI program would bring huge, known benefits to Pennsylvanians including lower carbon emissions, reduced air pollution, consumer cost savings, and job creation that would prioritize those most in need. It would also spur clean energy investments that provide additional public health, environmental, and economic benefits,” the statement reads.
Energy price changes coming on Dec. 1, PUC reports
By: Cassie Miller - November 29, 2023
The rate changes taking effect next month include all PUC-regulated electric utilities and vary depending on the energy distribution company.
Environmental group sues Allegheny County Health Dept. over failure to issue Clean Air Act permits
By: Cassie Miller - November 28, 2023
The suit, filed by Washington D.C.-based Food & Water Watch earlier this month, seeks to force the county agency to act on Title V permitting requirements outlined in the federal Clean Air Act.
Shapiro signs informed consent bill into law
By: Cassie Miller - November 27, 2023
The bill, now Act 31, was sponsored by state Reps. Liz Fiedler (D-Philadelphia) and Liz Hanbidge (D-Montgomery) and would require medical facilities in Pennsylvania to obtain consent before performing pelvic, prostate or rectal exams on anesthetized patients.
Pa. Dept. of State ‘satisfied’ Northampton Co. election results meet code after Election Day voting issues
By: Cassie Miller - November 24, 2023
In a hotly debated 4-5 vote, Northampton County election officials voted to certify the results of the Nov. 7 general election, according to news reports.