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.
Pa. PUC to evaluate settlement with PPL over electric billing issues that affected thousands of customers
By: Cassie Miller - November 22, 2023
The proposed settlement, which includes payment of a $1 million civil penalty and PPL’s agreement to absorb more than $16 million in related costs, is a joint effort between PUC’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement and PPL, and has been submitted for review and consideration by the PUC Commissioners, who will make a final determination on the proposal.
Shapiro says state will appeal Commonwealth Court’s RGGI decision
By: Cassie Miller - November 21, 2023
Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration announced Tuesday that it will appeal the Commonwealth Court’s decision to block Pennsylvania from entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. In a statement from the Governor’s office, Shapiro said he would appeal the Nov. 1 decision to block the Commonwealth from joining neighboring states in the multi-state carbon […]
A group of Pa. lawmakers is urging President Biden to protect immigrants
By: Cassie Miller - November 20, 2023
The 20 state lawmakers — from the House and Senate — noted that immigrants make up 7.3% of Pennsylvania’s total population, and added that federal protections empower immigrants to fill critical jobs amid pressing labor shortages.
Pennsylvania Democrats seek balance between environmental policy and loyalty to labor
By: Peter Hall and Cassie Miller - November 19, 2023
Democratic leaders, however, caught between the competing interests of the environmental movement and building trade unions — both traditionally strong allies of the party — didn’t share the goal of putting sweeping climate and environment legislation up for votes.
‘Not just an urban issue:’ Lawmakers hear from experts, advocates on child homelessness in Pa.
By: Cassie Miller - November 16, 2023
On Wednesday morning, the Committee and members of the House Education Committee held a joint hearing to discuss child and youth homelessness.
Legislature sends informed consent bill to Shapiro’s desk
By: Cassie Miller - November 16, 2023
The bill, which passed through the House Health Committee in March, would require medical facilities in Pennsylvania to obtain consent before performing pelvic, prostate or rectal exams on anesthetized patients.
‘A beacon of hope and fairness:’ Pa. House passes bill to allow striking workers to collect unemployment
By: Cassie Miller - November 15, 2023
House Bill 1481, which advanced out of the 25-member Labor & Industry Committee along party lines last month, amends Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Law to allow eligible workers who file a UC claim to collect benefits if they are unemployed due to a labor dispute.