Capitol Quick Hits for 11.18.15

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

  • Pennsylvania Safe Access (PSA), along with a group of supporters, held a press conference today in the Main Rotunda to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis. Chrissy Billett, a member of PSA, said many patients are waiting for the legalization of medical cannabis. She praised steps that have already been taken, but said “we are still waiting.”  
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Partnership came together to host a World Diabetes Day event by providing free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetic neuropathy.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 11.17.15

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

  • A coalition of community service providers today rallied in the Capitol Rotunda to call attention to the plight of human service organizations across the state and demand passage of an acceptable state budget.
  • Members of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1201 held a rally in Harrisburg to demand a fracking tax and a fair budget. Supporters marched along State Street, ending with a demonstration on the Capitol steps.
  • The Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation held a press conference to unveil a bill package to combat the proliferation, illicit use, and abuse of opioid prescription drugs in Pennsylvania.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.28.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.28.15

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

  • Joined by top prosecutors from across the state, victims’ rights advocates and fellow lawmakers, Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to urge passage of legislation she has introduced that would make strangulation a felony in Pennsylvania. HB 1581 would close a loophole in state law that has allowed some domestic abusers to escape prosecution. 
  • Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Garry Tennis, Secretary of Health Karen Murphy, and Chairman of Crime and Delinquency Josh Shapiro as Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is cause by an opioid drug. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.20.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.20.15

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

  • Citizen activist Gene Stilp, and an inflatable pink pig, held a rally in the Main Capitol Rotunda calling on the Senate and Gov. Wolf to take steps to remove embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office. Stilp called on the Senate to exercise a little-known Constitutional provision that allows it to call, after a hearing, for the removal of a state official by a two-third vote.
  • A group of legislators, led by Rep. Kristin Philips-Hill (R-York) and Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), this morning announced the introduction of HB 1649, legislation intended to eliminate the practice of “ghost teaching.” Rep. Philips-Hill explained a loophole in current law allows public school teachers to take leave from the classroom and work fulltime for a teachers’ union while continuing to accrue salary, pension, and seniority.
  • Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) was joined by the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development in the Capitol Main Rotunda to highlight the critical need to prepare students for life beyond high school graduation. Sen. Teplitz also introduce a resolution designating Oct. 20, 2015 “Pennsylvania Career Development Day.” 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.13.15

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

  • The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence had an event in the Main Rotunda to honor more than 120 Pa. victims who have died in domestic violence homicides in the past year by having their names  read aloud by lawmakers.
  • The Neighborhood Academy, a college prep high school for low income students located in Pittsburgh, held a press conference today to discuss the state budget impasse, while also highlighting the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) held a press conference at Bishop McDevitt High School today to discuss his recently introduced anti-hazing legislation. HB 1574 would propose that hazing should apply to all persons, not just students and would provide additional enforcement programs for secondary schools to implement anti-hazing policies. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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