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Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her face just started swelling to the point where you couldn’t recognize her,” said Madalin’s mom,……Continue reading »

Sen. Smith re-introduces pregnancy protection bill – The Almanac

State Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) has re-introduced a bill to ensure employers take care of pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (Senate Bill 40) would require employers to provide “reasonable accommodations in both duties and workplace conditions to……Continue reading »

Grant will help pay for school resource officer at Pleasant Hills schools – South Hills Record

A school resource officer will make the halls of Pleasant Hills Middle School and McClellan Elementary part of a beat next year. The officer would assist principals in working with anti-bullying programs and informational activities regarding social media. During the……Continue reading »

Smith Reappointed to Airport Authority

MT. LEBANON, Dec. 16, 2014 – At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Allegheny County Council voted unanimously to confirm state Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) to a new term on the nine-member Allegheny County Airport Authority. “I’m humbled to be reappointed……Continue reading »

Smith Reintroduces Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

MT. LEBANON, Dec. 15, 2014 – State Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) today reintroduced legislation designed to protect pregnant women in the workplace. The Pennsylvania Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (Senate Bill 40) would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations in both……Continue reading »

Pa. legislators prepare old bills for new session with more hope – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

In Pennsylvania, making law is a low-probability affair. In the course of the past two-year session, state lawmakers introduced nearly 4,000 pieces of legislation, a rate of about five bills a day. By the session’s close this November, they enacted……Continue reading »

State senator discusses traffic in Peters Township – The Almanac

State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, came to Peters Township Tuesday to listen to township officials’ concerns about local traffic congestion and needed road improvements. “It’s important to us to start a dialogue to map out what to expect,” Smith……Continue reading »

Trial set to begin in the death of K-9 Rocco – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning in the trial of the man accused of killing Pittsburgh police K-9 Rocco and wounding several officers, including the dog’s handler. John Rush, 22, is charged with stabbing the 8-year-old German shepherd……Continue reading »

State legislators: Take up cause of pregnant women in workforce – Lancaster Newspapers

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a former UPS driver who argues that the delivery company should have accommodated her request for light-duty work while she was pregnant. Her doctor recommended that she not lift……Continue reading »

Bethel Park tree lighting ushers in the holidays – The Almamac

It wasn’t so much the lighting of the holiday tree that took center stage in Bethel Park on Dec. 3, but the faces of children that glowed with the wonder of the Christmas season. “I said ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’”……Continue reading »