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Clean Politics Clean Streams

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 30, 2012 9:48 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, January 31:

From 1905 to the mid-'60s, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted five clean water laws and coal companies were exempted from complying with each one.  During that time, runoff from mines polluted many of the state's waterways. 

When legislation finally did pass that required coal companies to abide by the law, an incumbent lawmaker from Northumberland County was one of only six to vote against the bill.  That gave his opponent -- Franklin Kury -- an opening and Kury took advantage by making the environment one of the keystones of his successful campaign. 

Kury went on to serve in both the State House of Representatives and the Senate and has been described as a reformer during his time in office. 

Kury has written a fascinating book about his career in the legislature called Clean Politics Clean Streams: A Legislative Autobiography and Reflections.  Kury will appear on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss his time in Harrisburg.  Some of the same the issues Kury dealt with in the 1960s and '70s impact the state to this day.

Also, Tim Potts, founder of the new Majority Party PA discusses results of a statewide poll he wants lawmakers to not only attention to, but pledge their support to follow the will of the people. 

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