Capitol Quick Hits for 3.21.16

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.21.16

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Faith leaders from across the state gathered in the Main Rotunda to urge lawmakers to enact a MORALtorium on new hydraulic fracturing wells and development of related infrastructure, provide full funding for examination of existing wells and cleanup of contaminated wells, support renewable energy and the jobs that come with it and support transition and retraining of workers for the renewable energy sector.
  • Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) hosted a press conference to address Minority, Women & Disadvantaged Business Owners (MWDBE). Rep. Wheatley explained that he has hosted an annual roundtable and press conference since 2009 after it was found that the state had been doing “a terrible job” supporting and growing MWDBE companies. 

Monday, March 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 3.15.16

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.15.16

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Lt. Governor Mike Stack joined volunteers and officials of the Red Cross to recognize March as Red Cross Month.
  • The Raise the Wage PA Coalition held a press conference on the Capitol Steps to urge lawmakers to pass a minimum wage increase and an elimination of the tip minimum wage. Sam Jones, Member of the Raise the Wage PA Coalition and Policy Organizer for the Restaurant Opportunity Centers (ROC) of Pennsylvania, said the coalition supports raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 with a cost of living adjustment to keep up with the minimum wage and the elimination of the tip minimum wage.
  • Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) joined legislators and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to announce the findings of MADD’s first-ever Ignition Interlock Report and seek support for SB 290 and HB 278, which would require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
  • Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion on Mandatory Minimum Sentences. Sen. Greenleaf talked about all the cases in which he’s prosecuted and all that he’s been through as a prosecutor. “Drugs are worse than ever,” he stated, adding that mandatory sentencing hasn’t worked.
  • Tourism industry and government leaders met in the Main Rotunda for a press conference to discuss the findings of an independent analysis of Pennsylvania’s tourism marketing budget. The analysis, conducted by Tourism Economics and commissioned by the Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition, revealed that Pennsylvania ranks last in the country for state tourism funding relative to industry size, 36th by dollar amount and 44th per industry job. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 3.14.16

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.14.16

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Students, teachers, school board members and administrators from Spring-Ford area school district and other school districts, marched on Harrisburg and held a rally in the Main Rotunda to urge lawmakers to pass the fiscal year 2015-16 budget and utilize a fair and equitable funding formula.   
  • Marijuana for Mothers and PA Safe Access, along with Rep. Nick Miccarelli, held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda to encourage the passage of medical marijuana legislation in Pennsylvania, and to deliver a petition to House Speaker Mike Turzai.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 12.8.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today:

  • The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF) held a press conference today in the Main Rotunda to call for increased education funding in the state budget. Joan Benso, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said Pennsylvania has the largest funding gap between rich and poor school districts and described the current system as unreliable and unpredictable.
  • Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) were joined by NFL quarterback Mike Vick for a press conference today calling for action on HB 1516.  Rep. Wheatley explained that the legislation, also known as the Hot Dog bill, would prohibit the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle in a manner that would endanger the health and well-being of the animal. 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 12.2.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 12.2.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Wolf Administration announced that the Pennsylvania Capitol Police are now trained to administer and will carry the life-saving opioid overdose reversal antidote known as naloxone. 

  • The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey held a rally in the East Wing Rotunda to Say No to Violence Against Women. This was part of their campaign to raise awareness and increase actions to end violence against women and girls in Pennsylvania local communities and around the world. The club is a member of Zonta International. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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