July 23, 2018

wpxi.com: Local lawmaker proposing new legislation to improve school safety

A local lawmaker is proposing new legislation in Harrisburg to improve school safety. State Rep. Jason Ortitay’s legislation calls for the creation of special threat-assessment teams at every school district. Pa. budget plan includes more for schools, safety “I had someone tell me this is nothing more than a witch hunt piece of legislation,” Rep. Ortitay told us. “That’s not …

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July 19, 2018

associationsnow.com: State Construction Group Launches Opioid Awareness Week

Pennsylvania’s Keystone Contractors Association is launching its first event drawing awareness to opioid issues. The event comes as the issue becomes acute both nationally and within the state—with construction more closely affected than other industries. Pennsylvania’s construction industry is facing an opioid crisis of its own—and one of the state’s leading trade groups is speaking up about it in a …

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July 18, 2018

pennbizreport.com: State representatives urge passage of cybersecurity bill

State Reps. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Seth Grove (R-York), and Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) are urging the advancement of House Bill 1704, a cybersecurity bill. The bill has been in the House State Government Committee since its introduction in July 2017 and empowers the Office of Information Technology (OIT), which was created in 2016 by an executive order by Gov. Tom Wolf. …

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July 17, 2018

constructionequipmentguide.com: State Steps Up to Raise Opioid Awareness

With the opioid crisis hitting the construction industry hard, one state has begun to strike back. The week of July 22 has been designated as “Construction Opioid Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania via House Resolution 981. During this time, contractors and trade companies have been encouraged to start the conversation with their workers about opioids, as well as partner with local …

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July 16, 2018

mcall.com: Construction industry hit hard by opioid epidemic; builders sound alarm

Construction workers employed by Joseph Miorelli and Co. will find a little something extra in their paychecks next week: A sticker with the message “Opioids: Warn me.” Designed to prompt a conversation between construction workers and their doctors about addictive medication, the stickers are part of a statewide blitz aimed at an industry that’s losing an increasing number of members …

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July 14, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Turnpike officials progressing on flood-control plans near McDonald

State Turnpike officials said they’ve installed additional controls near a construction site just outside McDonald as they prepare a plan for “permanent controls” to address flooding that’s harried locals since last year. Turnpike Commission spokeswoman Renee Colborn said “the new plans will involve attempting to purchase affected properties and obtaining permits to do the additional work, which will take several …

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July 13, 2018

triblive.com: Proposed bill allocates $10 million for volunteer fire stations to build living quarters

A state lawmaker introduced legislation in July that would allow volunteer fire departments to build living quarters at their stations by allocating $10 million into a new fund. State Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Bridgeville, said he was inspired by a conversation he had a few years ago with Rennerdale Volunteer Fire Chief Dave Brown. “These volunteer fire departments are struggling, they …

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July 11, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Ortitay bill would streamline university governing

State Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-South Fayette, recently introduced legislation to centralize the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. “A recent report by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee showed change is needed for the long-term sustainability of the PASSHE,” Ortitay said. Additionally, the study found internal factors reduce the state system’s ability to respond to challenges. Governance …

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July 10, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Ortitay bill would assist volunteer fire companies

State Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-South Fayette, introduced legislation to assist volunteer fire companies in constructing living quarters at their stations. As the number of volunteer firefighters declines, the goal of the legislation is to encourage younger volunteers, who can live at the fire department in exchange for providing 24/7 fire coverage. House Bill 2550 would redirect 0.1 percent of the …

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July 6, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Lawmakers ask Turnpike for “100 percent” of effort to address McDonald flooding

The latest in a chain of floods stretching back at least a year that have hit McDonald prompted two Washington County lawmakers to ask the state Turnpike Commission to step up efforts to control erosion and sediment problems at a work site just outside the borough. Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Carroll, and Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Cecil, told Turnpike Chief Executive Officer …

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