Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Some citizens want to see legislatures pass bills with widespread partisan support in rapid fashion to target acknowledged problems. In the case of House Bill 1614, it might be a case of “be careful what you wish for.” 
 
The General Assembly passed a bill that offers “concurrent jurisdiction” in Philadelphia to address the rising gun violence problem in less than a month. Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) introduced the bill on June 11, received only one “nay” vote in both chambers, and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on July 2.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wheatley looks to the Attorney General to protect the gun rights of marijuana users

Wheatley looks to the Attorney General to protect the gun rights of marijuana users

Right now, Pennsylvanians must choose between participating in the state’s medical marijuana program and gun ownership, due to marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. 

One leading marijuana legalization advocate is looking to use the clout of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office to give medical cannabis users a bit of protection from the federal restriction.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions

Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions

Community members and officials joined members of Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention Wednesday to address the increase of shootings in the city, just as the hotter weather – which is often linked with crime surges – begins.
 
Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (D-District 2) called this hearing last week, following a violent weekend that saw 18 shootings across Philadelphia. One week after his district saw seven shot and one killed at a park in Southwest Philadelphia, two separate shootings on Point Breeze Avenue took two more lives. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing

Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing

A weekly look at new proposals from lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In our latest iteration of our weekly feature on new co-sponsorship memoranda, we take a look at proposals to ban the implementation of gun registries, require visible signage for Lyft and Uber drivers, and help small businesses.

Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law

Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law

After police related shootings, such as East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld shooting and killing unarmed teenager Antwon Rose II last year, a handful of Pennsylvania legislators are pushing for changes to the law that governs police use of force. 

Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) announced at a rally on Tuesday afternoon that she and a handful of her colleagues are introducing a package of legislation that would, she believes, protect their communities.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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