Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

In the absence of new state laws that would strengthen oversight of pipeline development in southeastern Pennsylvania, Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) hopes that a constitutional amendment granting more power to municipalities could be the answer to combatting pipeline development in her community.

Faced with the construction of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline in her own community, Otten wants to add a “local self-government” amendment to the state constitution that would provide local government bodies with the power to enact laws that withstand state attempts to supersede them.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP

AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) told citizens at the Community College of Philadelphia Monday night he’s planning to send his oldest child to college next year while he’s still paying his own college loans. 
 
Shapiro held a town hall to hear from residents about their struggles with student loans as his office continues their lawsuit with Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan financers. The state’s suit began in 2017.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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ACLU files suit over Lebanon County medical marijuana restrictions, hopes for statewide impact in ruling

ACLU files suit over Lebanon County medical marijuana restrictions, hopes for statewide impact in ruling

The state chapter of the ACLU filed suit against the Lebanon County court system Tuesday over a policy barring those on probation or parole from using medical marijuana, even if they would otherwise be legally allowed to do so.

Filed in Commonwealth Court, the ACLU is seeking an injunction against the Sept. 1 policy change. The organization said it attempted to negotiate an agreement with Lebanon County court officials but talks broke down last week, prompting the lawsuit.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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