Tweets of the Week - November 3, 2017

Author: Mike Howells/Friday, November 3, 2017/Categories: Features

Following the signing of a gambling expansion bill Monday by Gov. Tom Wolf, a provision of which repeals ownership limitations of casinos, Sugarhouse Casino dropped its longstanding lawsuit against the construction of the Live! casino at a nearby site in Philadelphia. The decision by Sugarhouse means construction of Live! can begin shortly following the payment of a $50 million slots license by the casino owners.

  Beginning this week, adoptees in the state are able to obtain a copy of their birth certificate without having go through a court petition. For more than 30 years, Pennsylvania adoptees wanting their birth certificate have had to request permission from a judge. Legislation reversing that requirement, sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre), passed in 2016 with unanimous votes in the House and Senate.

  Wednesday marked the first day Pennsylvanians can sign up on the state's new medical marijuana patient registry. According to the Department of Health more than 1,000 people signed up on day one, and the agency expects medical marijuana will be available to eligible patients within 6 months.

  Described as a "colossus" of Pennsylvania state government, former head of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Fred Anton was found dead Thursday in the Delaware River, having gone missing earlier in the day. The 83 year old Anton's death prompted a bipartisan outpouring of condolences from across the commonwealth.