In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

Following the completion of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on recreational marijuana, lawmakers cautioned Monday in a joint House hearing that they would take their time in considering the impact legalization of the drug could have on Pennsylvania.

The House Health and Judiciary Committees heard from law enforcement, gun control advocates and gun owners about the effect of marijuana use, both medical and recreational, has on gun ownership. The matter is complicated, those testifying said, because of how federal and state laws conflict.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Censuring Brian Sims, mail-in voting, and vehicle emissions reforms

Did You Get The Memo? Censuring Brian Sims, mail-in voting, and vehicle emissions reforms

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would censure Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) for recent conduct, reform vehicle emissions testing in Pennsylvania and replace in-person voting with mail-in voting.

Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

By a wide bipartisan margin, the House Judiciary Committee advanced today legislation cutting back on punishments for marijuana possession.

The bill, Rep. Barry Jozwiak’s (R-Berks) HB 928, limits the first two penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to summary offenses with no jail time and a maximum $300 fine.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Saccone expresses disappointment after bill to reduce legislature size fails to be brought up for vote

Saccone expresses disappointment after bill to reduce legislature size fails to be brought up for vote

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) spoke with The PLS Reporter after House Bill 153 failed to be brought up. 

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill), reduces the size of the PA House of Representatives from 203 members to 151 members.

Saccone stated that the bill was amended in the Rules Committee to include the Senate which he believes will now kill the bill. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Legislative leaders have, after months of stalled efforts and with fifty days to the election, started pushing big changes to state government.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Baer, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that during the run-up to sine die, he wants to prioritize congressional redistricting reform and shrinking the size of the state legislature before the November general election, perhaps even adding session days.

This follows up on Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) officially releasing his bill to open primaries last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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