State House OKs bill to clarify construction-permit extensions

To clarify the language of a relatively new law, cut government red tape and more easily achieve property-development investment, the state House unanimously passed HB 1071 on Monday. Sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Dist. 52), the legislation serves as an amendment to the Permit Extension Act (HB 784), which passed both the House and Senate last year. Read More »

York, Pa., mayor applauds House committee passage of municipal pension reform bill

York City, Pa., Mayor Kim Bracey hailed the House State Government Committee’s vote this week passing House Bill 316, which addresses Pennsylvania’s $7.7 billion municipal pension liability. “I am thrilled to see movement and leadership by our Republican House members on this municipal pension reform bill,” Bracey said in a written statement. Read More »

Pittsburgh's PPG Industries to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, a coating company, has reached an agreement to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings, a specialty powder and liquid coating manufacturer whose 2014 sales exceeded $100 million, PPG said on Thursday. Founded in 1870 as the Indianapolis Varnish Company, Indiana-based IVC develops, manufactures and sells coating products for the automotive, furniture and electronics industries. IVC has five plants in the U.S., a development lab in England, a plant in China and operations Read More »

Agency: State's workplace-safety program saves $4.6 million in May workers' comp

Pennsylvania’s Workplace Safety Committee Certification Program saved Commonwealth employers more than $4.6 million in workers' compensation costs last month, the Department of Labor and Industry said on Thursday. By establishing a safety committee, meeting certain requirements, applying for certification and receiving state approval, employers can benefit from the program, which is designed to help lower their workers’ compensation premiums by 5 percent annually. Read More »

Quaker Chemical to exhibit new mine-safety products at expo

Synthetic, fire-resistant hydraulic fluids promise to enhance safety and productivity, manufacturer Quaker Chemical Corp. said on Thursday, in a preview of its presentation at the upcoming 2015 Longwall USA Exhibition and Conference in Pittsburgh. QUINTOLUBRIC fire-resistant longwall fluids contain a revolutionary additive developed to aid in the detection and surgical removal of hydraulic fluids in the event of accidental high-pressure fluid injection, Quaker Chemical said. Read More »

State Government Reform Caucus to hold public discussion of gifts bills

Constituents can view a live webcast of a government press conference at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday as state leaders discuss legislation prohibiting legislators from accepting transportation, lodging, hospitality or other gifts with economic value. When the state's House Republicans announced the press conference on Thursday, it appeared that the Government Reform Caucus supported the proposal to regulate gifts to lawmakers. Read More »

BIPAC taps former Pennsylvania congressman to be CEO

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. James "Jim" Gerlach has been appointed president and CEO of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), an organization with over 7,300 members, BIPAC said on Thursday at its Washington, D.C., board meeting. After a distinguished career in both public service and private-sector enterprises, Gerlach brings extensive experience to his new position, most recently in a position at Venable LLP. Read More »

Montgomery County eyes 'form-based' zoning via Narberth Borough

The public is invited to a workshop  on form-based zoning 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave., to explore the code as a viable Montgomery County option. Montgomery County's Office of Communications describes form-based zoning as an alternative approach to conventional zoning, relying on design standards instead of focusing on separation of uses. Read More »