April 14, 2018

Helping Our Youth Access Mental Health Treatment

Teenage suicide rates are rising, and many families and friends who experience this terrible type of loss are often left feeling helpless not just after the death of their loved one, but before as well. The mental health treatment these youth need is harder to obtain than it should be, and one brave mother who lost her daughter brought this …

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April 3, 2018

heraldstandard.com: Psychologists/lawmakers react to possible mental health screenings for teens in school

As news of mass school shootings normally brings on the debate over gun control, mental health is also looked at in wake of such incidents and proposed legislation is bringing about different reactions from psychologists and lawmakers. Earlier this year, a bill calling for mental health screenings for Pennsylvania’s students by age 14 was introduced by two state House representatives. …

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March 27, 2018

fox29.com: Pa. bill seeks to put puppy mills out of business

Pennsylvania may soon follow California’s lead in banning the sale of animals from puppy mills. California became the first state to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills in October 2017. Now, two Pennsylvania Republicans are proposing similar legislation to help shift the pet market toward humane sources. The legislation proposed by Allegheny County’s Sen. Guy Reschentalher and Rep. …

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March 26, 2018

citizensvoice.com: Put an end to puppy mills in PA

Stronger regulations have failed to correct Pennsylvania’s status as one of the worst states in the nation for “puppy mills” — mass breeders of dogs that produce as many animals as possible as commercial products with scant regard for their welfare. A dozen Pennsylvania kennels, including seven in Lancaster County alone, are among the Humane Society’s “Horrible Hundred” breeders. Rather …

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March 21, 2018

triblive.com: Proposal in Harrisburg takes aim at ‘puppy mills’

Two Western Pennsylvania state lawmakers are proposing legislation to try to prevent pet stores from selling animals from commercial breeding facilities known as “puppy mills.” The proposal would limit pet stores to selling dogs, cats and rabbits only from shelters and rescues, according to memos for twin bills introduced in the state House and Senate. “It is well documented that …

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March 7, 2018

fox43.com: PA lawmakers hoping to crack down on puppy mills

Two state lawmakers are hoping to crack down on puppy mills in Pennsylvania. Rep. Jason Ortitay and Sen. Guy Reschenthaler are sponsoring a bill which they say will make the puppy market “more humane.” The legislation aims to have pet stores partner with shelters and rescues to promote adoption and decrease the demand for animals raised in puppy mills. A …

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March 2, 2018

abc27.com: State lawmaker wants to provide money to schools for metal detectors

State Representative Seth Grove says he will be co-sponsoring a bill giving state funding to school districts who want to have metal detectors. “Within our budget now, we’re actually looking at a surplus based on the amount of revenue coming in,” Grove said. That’s why Grove believes the state paying to put metal detectors in schools wouldn’t cost taxpayers additional …

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January 15, 2018

readingeagle.com: Bill would lower Pennsylvania’s personal income tax

State Rep. Jason Ortitay proposes cutting the tax as a way to boost the Keystone State’s economy. Fifteen years ago, then-Gov. Ed Rendell signed a measure to raise the state’s personal income tax. Now, a state House Republican has introduced a measure to cut the personal income tax. State Rep. Jason Ortitay has sponsored a bill to reduce the personal …

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January 9, 2018

cityandstatepa.com: Lawmaker floats proposal to lower state’s personal income tax rate

Hoping to boost Pennsylvania’s economic growth, Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) recently floated a proposal to lower the Commonwealth’s personal income tax (PIT) rate from 3.07 percent to 2.82 percent. The proposal comes on the heels of recently enacted federal tax reform that sought to cut taxes for the majority of Americans and spur economic growth but was also projected to …

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November 24, 2017

thealmanac.net: Business leaders gather to tout South Fayette as next ‘Boom Town’

Over the last 20 years, South Fayette’s residential population has boomed. Residents have seen more people move into the township, their school district thrive and their property taxes skyrocket due to a larger population. To balance the community, some have been clamoring for more commercial development, and that’s an area of focus for the township’s commissioners. With the high residential …

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