from Governor Wolf, November 13, 2017 [n.b. Senator Andy Dinniman, D-19, is among the 14 senators who introduced the bill]
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today called on the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 501 sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware), that would prohibit domestic abusers subject to final Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders from possessing firearms. Across the country, recent mass shootings often have a common thread: perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.
“We must protect victims – spouses and children – of domestic violence and attempt to prevent domestic abusers from escalating their violence in everyday places that result in mass murder,” Governor Wolf said. “It is time for the General Assembly to act on this bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect victims and reduce violence.”
According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.
Senate Bill 501 was introduced at the beginning of this session and referred to committee in late March of 2017. It has bipartisan sponsors from across the state in the Senate.
Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of reforms aimed at combatting domestic violence, including SB 501 and: Continue reading
By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 9/01/17
KENNETT SQUARE >> Determined to curb an opioid epidemic that is now the leading cause of death for all Americans under age 50, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came to the borough Thursday morning to discuss the crisis with state lawmakers, municipal officials and law enforcement officers.
“I need to know what’s happening on the ground and how my office can assist in the local efforts,” said Shapiro, who has visited eight counties in the past two days. “We need to have a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to deal with the number one public health threat in Pennsylvania – the heroin and opioid epidemic. And these forums provide a great opportunity.” …
keep reading at Daily Local News
From Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), July 24, 2017
WEST CHESTER (June 24, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman has introduced a package of legislation designed to protect local communities, natural resources, and individual property rights in the crosshairs of the ever-growing number of pipelines planned in Chester County and Pennsylvania.
“While southeastern Pennsylvania and Chester County may not be home to actual drilling operations, our neighborhoods, communities, and natural resources are significantly impacted by the growing network of pipelines,” Dinniman said.
The bills are as follows:
• Senate Bill 605, introduced by Senator Dinniman and Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., calls for establishing an impact fee that pipeline companies would pay to the municipalities and counties bisected by their pipelines. Under the legislation, the amount of the impact fee would be based on the acreage of linear feet plus right-of-way width of a pipeline using the county average land value in an affected area. Fifty percent of the impact fee would go to the county that is home to the respective pipeline. Forty percent would go to the municipality that is home to the pipeline. The remaining 10 percent would go to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for administration and enforcement of the law. The bill is currently in the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
• Senate Bill 574 would allow local municipalities and school districts to tax natural gas pipelines. …
keep reading at Senator Andy Dinniman
by Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, 7/25/17
WEST GOSHEN, PA — A judge ordered Tuesday that Sunoco halt all construction on the Mariner East 2 Pipeline across Pennsylvania. This comes just after another judge had granted the injunction filed by West Goshen Township against the oil giant weeks ago, ordering all drilling to halt indefinitely in Chester County.
“Safety has been our highest priority from the start, and this decision speaks directly to that concern,” Edward G. Meakim, West Goshen Township’s Chairman of the Township Board of Supervisors, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “It also validates our position that no one, including Sunoco, is above the law and must be held to full compliance with our 2015 Settlement Agreement.”…
keep reading at West Chester Patch. See also on this topic:
“Comitta joins call for halt to pipeline construction,” Daily Local News, 7/22/17
“Sen. Dinniman: Halt pipeline drilling,” Daily Local News, 7/18/17
(Carolyn Comitta represents the 156th PA House district and Andy Dinniman represents the 19th PA Senate district)