Matt Smith http://wesa.fm en E-Bike Legislation Could Put Cyclists On The Road http://wesa.fm/post/e-bike-legislation-could-put-cyclists-road <p>A new bill that passed unanimously in the state Senate this week would allow riders of pedal-assist electric bicycles to drive their vehicles in the streets.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington), would legalize e-bikes under the state vehicle code. &nbsp;</p><p>“We’ve seen in Western Pennsylvania a lot of e-bike users being pulled over by their local police departments because there is a misconception that it might be a moped or some other mechanized form of travel when in fact these are really essentially bicycles,” Smith said.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:27:22 +0000 Julian Routh 26963 at http://wesa.fm Senator to Introduce 'Rocco's Law' After Fallen K-9 Officer http://wesa.fm/post/senator-introduce-roccos-law-after-fallen-k-9-officer <p>Legislation that would strengthen the penalties against killing or torturing a law enforcement animal might not have saved K-9 Officer Rocco’s life, but one lawmaker hopes it could save other K-9 officers such as Mt. Lebanon Police Department’s “Snieper.”</p><p>That is the goal of state Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) who said he saw how valuable the canines are when he visited Officer Snieper and his handler, Officer Ben Himan Monday.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 23873 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Smith Opposes Voter ID Ads http://wesa.fm/post/sen-smith-opposes-voter-id-ads <p>Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) is urging the commonwealth’s State Department to stop airing its voter ID advertisements.</p><p>The ads, which began running earlier this week, say voters will be asked, but not required, to show a photo ID at the polls, but Smith said the commercials are almost identical to the original ads that say photo ID is a requirement.</p><p>Smith calls the ads “confusing” and “misleading” because they give the impression that identification will be mandatory for the November municipal elections.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:19:35 +0000 Michael Lynch 18005 at http://wesa.fm PA Senator Introduces EpiPen Bill http://wesa.fm/post/pa-senator-introduces-epipen-bill <p>A Pennsylvania senator is trying to make schools a little safer for children with life threatening allergies.</p><p>Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny County) introduced legislation earlier this month that would require all Pennsylvania schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens.</p><p>Senate Bill 898 is designed to help students going into anaphylactic shock after experiencing a potentially fatal allergic reaction.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:03:05 +0000 Michael Lynch 10322 at http://wesa.fm Dems Hold on to PA House Seat in South Hills http://wesa.fm/post/dems-hold-pa-house-seat-south-hills <p>Democrat Dan Miller will be the new state legislator in the 42<sup>nd</sup> House district that has been without representation for more than five months.</p><p>Miller, a special education attorney, defeated two other contenders in a special election Tuesday. He will succeed Democrat Matt Smith who held that House seat for six years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 04:00:04 +0000 Kevin Gavin 9975 at http://wesa.fm Bill Calls for Insurance Reimbursements for Diabetes Pain Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/bill-calls-insurance-reimbursements-diabetes-pain-treatment <p>State Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) is introducing legislation that would mandate insurance companies reimburse people with diabetes for pain management.&nbsp;</p><p>Smith noted that while patients are reimbursed for other diabetes-related costs, treatment for neuropathy is not one of them.</p><p>"Patients who have it experience intense aching, tingling, burning and numbness," he said. "What's really problematic about it is if it's left unmanaged, the condition can worsen to the point where the individual will need hospitalization or further treatment by way of an operation."</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 8821 at http://wesa.fm