Capitol Quick Hits for 9.22.14

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

  • Tom Wolf, Democratic Candidate for Governor, spoke at this month's Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon today at the Hilton hotel in Harrisburg. Some topics he discussed were voter turnout and his support for a plan to raise state income tax in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local school property taxes. 
Monday, September 22, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Event Central
VIDEO: Sen. Folmer provides updates on his medical marijuana legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Folmer provides updates on his medical marijuana legislation

The PLS Reporter caught up with the prime sponsor of SB 1182, Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), to discuss the latest updates on the legislation that would provide for the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania. 

Monday, September 22, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Sec. Schoch discusses the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program

VIDEO: Sec. Schoch discusses the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program

During today's press conference, PennDOT Sec. Barry Schoch discussed the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program, a program made possible by public-private partnerships and Act 89 financing to repair Pennsylvania's deficient bridges. 

Monday, September 22, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Final fate of Philly cigarette tax, medical marijuana bills still unclear

The week of September 15 saw movement and rumbling concerning the final fate of two ongoing legislative sagas that will likely see action in the last scheduled session week of September: a bill authorizing a $2-per-pack cigarette tax and legislation authorizing certain forms of medical marijuana.

The action to be taken on these bills is still uncertain as legislative review of the proposals is ongoing.

Friday, September 19, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Could the desire for a veto override lead to a substantive lame duck session?

The rumor du jour during the first week of the legislature’s fall voting session centered not around pensions, liquor, or the Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization, but rather on the possibility that the General Assembly will vote to override the governor’s line-item veto of legislative expenditures in the 2014-2015 General Appropriations bill and Fiscal Code.

While no plan is set in stone, the going theory seems to posit if such a vote is to occur, it will likely occur in a lame duck voting session to be held after the November 4 General Election. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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