Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

In what was described as a 180-degree change from the prior administration, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday told legislators and families supporting the legalization of medical marijuana he would sign such legislation if it got to his desk.

“I believe that doctors should have the ability and the right to prescribe the drugs they understand and makes the most sense for their patients,” he said. “No Pennsylvanian should suffer needlessly when we have the ability to treat them.”

The bill, currently in the form of Senate Bill 3, is largely the same product that passed the Senate last year by a 43-7 vote.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Lawsuit filed over Arneson’s firing focuses on office’s independence, quasi-judicial function

In the latest in the saga over Gov. Tom Wolf’s firing of current/former Office of Open Records executive director Erik Arneson saw the Senate Republican Caucus file a lawsuit on his behalf Monday afternoon.

The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment for the caucus as to Arneson’s status and seeks to have the court use its powers of injunctive relief to place Arneson back at OOR’s helm.

In making their argument, the Senate Republicans offer that the OOR’s executive director is not subject to the governor’s at-will removal given the independent nature of the office and the quasi-judicial function of the office, both of which they claim courts have found act as checks on the governor’s authority to remove appointees. 

Monday, January 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

What might a legal challenge to Arneson’s removal look like?

Following yesterday’s removal of Erik Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records by Gov. Tom Wolf, the Wolf administration through spokesperson Jeff Sheridan confirmed to The PLS Reporter that the governor did so since the Office of General Counsel determined Arneson was an “at will” employee subject to the governor’s removal.

The PLS Reporter takes a look at what arguments might be used in any upcoming litigation on the matter.

Friday, January 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Litigation to ensue from Arneson removal

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday released a statement that his office has recalled all pending Corbett nominations requiring Senate confirmation along with the appointment of Erik Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records.

Thursday, January 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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