Pennsylvania legislators are considering a bill, introduced by Allegheny County Republican Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, to withhold state funding from so-called sanctuary cities. But that legislation is not the only immigration-related bill elected officials are considering this session. Rep. Tony DeLuca, who represents Penn Hills, has again introduced a bill that would penalize business owners who employ undocumented persons by possibly suspending or revoking the business’ license and fining the owner $5,000. Find out where Allegheny County's entire Harrisburg delegation stands on immigration. (And check out our research into their views on abortion access.)
Today is the regional contest for the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup. Seven companies — four of them from Pittsburgh — will compete for the chance to move on to the national contest (which will be in Pittsburgh) and the top prize of $50,000. To compete, the companies are required to have a physical product (aka no standalone smartphone apps), and the entries from Pittsburgh are a wide range from recycling to healthcare. You can go see their pitches tonight.
State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) introduced legislation that "would let family members petition to involuntarily commit a relative to treatment," the Post-Gazette reported. Costa said he's heard from multiple people who said they feel helpless trying to get their loved ones to treatment. And the idea of allowing people to pursue treatment for their family members has growing bipartisan support, the PG paper reported.
See Improv 101 students perform their class show at Arcade Comedy Theater. They'll show off their new skills, and you'll see how hilarious class can be.
Where: Arcade Comedy Theater at 811 Liberty Ave. (Downtown)
When: February 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5
The Incline Likes
The film adaptation of "Fences" is up for Academy Awards, but it doesn't top this list of "The 10 best movies ever made in Pittsburgh" from Next Pittsburgh. Like any ranking, this list isn't the end-all-be-all, but it's it's always fun to see where we agree and disagree.
Want to meet Pittsburghers working to ensure that the city’s fastest-growing neighborhoods stay affordable; to support refugees and immigrants; to empower everyone from high school students in underserved communities to incarcerated persons looking for work? Come to our Who's Next: Community Leaders and Activists happy hour Wednesday, and enjoy food and beverage from Casellula Cheese & Wine Café, DR Distillery, Market St. Grocery. You can get tickets here.