January 30, 2016 |
After outrage from First Amendment advocates, the music community, and what seemed like half of Twitter users, Councilman Mark Squilla said he would dial back a bill to revamp the city's music venue licensing rules. The bill, as drafted, would require venue operators to provide names and addresses of performers to the police at their request. The police would have final say on which venues get special assembly occupancy licenses - which are required to host shows attended by more than 50 people, according to the bill.
December 28, 2015 |
Over the last weeks, we have learned that major companies that make products we trust, like Volkswagen's diesel engines and Takata's air bags, have devised ways to rig test results so they look cleaner and safer than they really are. Yet far more widespread manipulation of test results is being done by pharmaceutical companies to get drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that turn out not to be as safe as promised. In the pharmaceutical industry, virtually every company has been rigging tests for years to make the drugs we take look safer than they really are. Some of the techniques for rigging clinical trials are described in a recent assessment published by BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal)
December 24, 2015
I WRITE to set the record straight on comments made by the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania regarding Senate Bill 984, my bill authorizing Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate statewide. The Senate's recent bipartisan passage of my bill does not reward illicit behavior. To the contrary, SB 984 is intended to ensure TNCs are held to the same or a higher standard above that which is currently required of the traditional taxi cab industry under the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
November 13, 2015 |
WHILE NEW YORK dropped the hammer on daily fantasy sports leagues, Pennsylvania is taking a much more measured approach. "We're holding hearings to determine what, if anything, needs to be done," state Rep. Jamie Santora told the Daily News . The House of Representatives' Gaming Oversight Committee will meet on Dec. 3 to discuss the next step. "Yes, there is skill involved, but is there also luck?" said Santora, a member of the oversight committee who represents Delaware County.
November 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Fantasy-sports industry representatives told a New Jersey Assembly committee Monday that they hoped light regulation - not strict casino-style rules - would address any crisis of confidence in the business among politicians and the 55 million people who are in its leagues. But that outcome seemed uncertain at best during Monday's discussion with the committee that handles the heavily regulated gambling industry, a big but ailing part of New Jersey's economy that is feeling threatened by fantasy sports.
October 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Nigel Eccles, the cofounder and CEO of FanDuel, one of two companies at the center of the fantasy sports storm, canceled his appearance Wednesday at a sports business conference here, but other industry leaders said they hope their new plan for a "control agency" will calm the situation. Given that federal prosecutors and state attorneys general have reportedly launched investigations into the popular fantasy sports operations, the industry's move to police itself can be viewed as damage control and an attempt to avoid tight state and federal regulation.
October 12, 2015 |
Less than a month after IKEA recalled millions of dressers, acknowledging that two toddlers died after its units crashed onto them, a longtime furniture-industry executive wrote to federal regulators. IKEA had been "blatantly negligent," John Wilborne said, and was ignoring the safety standards others routinely follow. "As a grandparent I am worried that this company is still selling these dangerous products," Wilborne, compliance director at Virginia-based Hooker Furniture, told Consumer Products Safety Commission officials.
October 10, 2015 |
Two months after announcing a recall affecting millions of dressers, federal safety regulators on Thursday urged manufacturers to enact stronger stability standards to limit the risk of children being injured or killed by furniture that topples forward. At a sometimes-heated meeting in Conshohocken, a team of federal engineers came armed with proposed changes they said would improve dresser safety. "We're trying to head off the incidents," said Arthur Lee, an engineer at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
September 25, 2015 |
GOD'S BANK in Vatican City looks like a castle, the kind of place that might have some special protection from all the vices that billions of dollars might drag in. But, come on, money is money. People are people. There may be no bank in the world that was more secretive, less regulated and flat-out full of shady cash than the Institute for the Works of Religion, otherwise known as the Vatican Bank, and Pope Francis may be the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to change it from within.
September 13, 2015 |
Environmental groups are challenging a new state regulation that has revived a debate over a 1980s-era law requiring the humane trapping of wildlife such as raccoons. Starting next month, New Jersey trappers will be able to use "enclosed foothold" traps to capture raccoons and opossums - if a court allows rules adopted by the Fish and Game Council to stand. The New Jersey Sierra Club and other environmental groups say these traps are essentially the same as the steel-jaw leghold traps banned by the state in 1984 under Gov. Thomas H. Kean, who declared they caused "undue pain and suffering" to animals.