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A group of constituents is calling on state Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) to attend a town hall meeting Thursday in Lawrenceville.

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Families of people hurt or killed by police would not learn the identity of the officer involved for 30 days or until the completion of an investigation under a new bill making its way through the Pennsylvania legislature.

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When a child is abducted, millions of Pennsylvanians are asked to help through the Amber Alert system. State Representative Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, is hoping to use a similar system when a police officer is hurt.

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Local activists are putting pressure on Representative Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) to remove his name as co-sponsor of a bill that would cut off state funding from “sanctuary campuses” in Pennsylvania.

Costa was listed as the sole Democratic co-sponsor, which Anita Boehm, executive director of his Harrisburg office, said was a mistake.

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After a long summer break, the state House is back in session—for now. But lawmakers aren’t expecting to tackle anything too divisive before Election Day.

The House will have just 12 voting days before lawmakers retire to their districts for the election. The Senate, which returns next week, will have nine.

Major items on the docket include decisions on expanded gambling and a state pension overhaul. Governor Tom Wolf is also seeking a joint session to address the opioid crisis.

How Harsh Are Punishments For Animal Abusers In Pennsylvania?

Feb 3, 2016
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An emaciated dog was recently rescued from a Homewood apartment where it nearly starved to death at the hands of its owner. State rep. Dom Costa has introduced a bill seeking to create stronger penalties for people who beat, neglect or abuse an animal.  So why is his legislation languishing in the House Judiciary Committee? We'll ask Representative Costa his thoughts as well as Mary Withrow, director of government and community relations at the Humane Society of Western Pennsylvania. We'll also ask Dan Rossi, executive director at the Animal Rescue League, how his organization handles abuse cases.

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The state House has passed a measure supporters say would provide more protection to police officers who use their gun or any act of force while on the job.  

New legislation would make sure court-ordered fines, fees and restitution will be properly allocated to victims of crime in every county throughout the commonwealth.

State Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) introduced House Bill 1070, which would require each of the 67 counties to establish a unit dedicated to the collection of these court-imposed obligations, unless the county chooses to outsource collections.

Area representatives are supporting a bill that would waive background check fees for paid and volunteer firefighters and emergency response personnel.  

To earn a living wage for a family of four while only making minimum wage, the two adults in that family would each have to work 68 hours a week. Another option, according to state Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny), is to raise the current $7.25 minimum wage so that families in Pennsylvania could buy groceries and live comfortably while earning minimum wage.