Tim Solobay http://wesa.fm en Bill to Do Away With 'Summer Gas' in Pittsburgh Passes Senate http://wesa.fm/post/bill-do-away-summer-gas-pittsburgh-passes-senate <p>The Pennsylvania state Senate has passed a bill that would amend the Air Pollution Control Act to eliminate the requirements for summer blend gasoline in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties.</p><p>The gas blend is used in the warmer months to cut down on vehicle emissions, but Sen. Tim Solobay said since the use of “summer gas” was mandated in 1998, cars have become more fuel efficient. The Pittsburgh-based Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) said that is true, but doesn’t mean the gas blend is unnecessary.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:20:33 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26069 at http://wesa.fm Bill to Do Away With 'Summer Gas' in Pittsburgh Passes Senate Legislation To Expand City Revitalization Program http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-expand-city-revitalization-program <p>Lancaster and Bethlehem were chosen to take part in Pennsylvania’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program this year, but some state lawmakers feel like their cities are missing out.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 22949 at http://wesa.fm Small Games to Expand to Bars in PA http://wesa.fm/post/small-games-expand-bars-pa <p>Supporters of compromise legislation that expands small games of chance in Pennsylvania believe everyone is a winner, including the state’s coffers.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday signed legislation that eases reporting requirements by private clubs — such as Elks and Moose Lodges, VFWs, American Legion Halls and fire departments — but now permits taverns to operate small games of chance including raffles and pull-tabs.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:02:07 +0000 Kevin Gavin 20518 at http://wesa.fm Are PA Schools Prepared for Emergencies? Lawmakers Want to Know http://wesa.fm/post/are-pa-schools-prepared-emergencies-lawmakers-want-know <p>Pennsylvania lawmakers are asking schools at all levels to help them understand how they are preparing for an emergency like the one seen at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.&nbsp;</p><p>Senate members decided to explore the topic after a hearing last month on school safety raised more questions about emergency planning in child care centers, buses and colleges than it answered.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 3385 at http://wesa.fm