Senator Matt Smith http://wesa.fm en State Lawmakers Examine New Water Treatment Technologies http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-examine-new-water-treatment-technologies <p></p><p>There are nearly 9,100 public water systems in Pennsylvania and roughly 2,000 municipal or community water systems of all sizes. Each has unique needs when it comes to water treatment. The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee heard testimony from several people Friday in Collier Twp. about treating such water systems.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:59:39 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19137 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Examine New Water Treatment Technologies State Government Approves Bill for Military Electronic Absentee Ballots http://wesa.fm/post/state-government-approves-bill-military-electronic-absentee-ballots <p>While military personnel fight to protect U.S. citizens’ rights, a Pennsylvania senator is fighting to protect their fundamental right to vote.</p><p>The Senate State Government Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would allow military and overseas voters to return their absentee ballots electronically.</p><p>The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Matt Smith (D - Allegheny County), said the number one goal is to make sure every serviceman and woman’s vote is counted.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:44:10 +0000 Jessica Nath 11461 at http://wesa.fm State Senate Hearing Focused on Changes to Voting Procedure, Registration http://wesa.fm/post/state-senate-hearing-focused-changes-voting-procedure-registration <p>The Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Thursday to hear from the public and other elected officials on proposed changes to voting in the commonwealth. State lawmakers are considering measures that would allow for online voter registration and expand early voting.</p><p>“Also same-day voter registration, so you can just go to the poll, register to vote, and then vote on that particular day,” said Sen. Matt Smith (D-37). “No fault absentee voting would allow people to get their absentee ballot and then send it back in to their local county division of elections.”</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:56:52 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9265 at http://wesa.fm State Senate Hearing Focused on Changes to Voting Procedure, Registration