Hearings, not rubber stamp, await medical marijuana bill upon arrival in House

Hearings, not rubber stamp, await medical marijuana bill upon arrival in House

The Senate Wednesday by a 43-7 vote passed Senate Bill 1182, legislation legalizing certain forms of medical marijuana.

The bill now moves to the House where there will likely be a battle over to which committee the bill will be referred and where the legislation is likely to encounter hearings instead of swift passage.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.24.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.24.14

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

Rep. Thomas Killion (R- Delaware), along with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center today to support Rep. Killion’s legislation to provide more funding to the statewide Housing Trust Fund to address a shortage of rental homes and reduce homelessness. HB 2434 would provide the funding necessary to clean up blighted and abandoned properties and put these homes within a reach of low-wage workers and individuals on fixed incomes. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Gov. Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax authorization bill

VIDEO: Gov. Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax authorization bill

During the bill signing of HB 1177, Gov. Tom Corbett offered some remarks about how this legislation will impact the students of the Philadelphia school district. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Philly cigarette tax authorization, medical marijuana bills poised for final Senate vote

Bills authorizing an increased Philadelphia cigarette tax and the legalization of certain forms of medical marijuana were reported from Senate committees Tuesday, putting the bills in a position to be finally voted upon by the Senate.

The bill authorizing the cigarette tax was eventually passed by the Senate, the medical marijuana legislation is expected to be considered on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Organ donation law changes could draw “lively discussion” when bill reaches House

A bill allowing for greater availability of organ donations was passed by the Senate Tuesday and could potentially see a “lively discussion” when presented to the House, a Republican spokesperson said.

The bill, Senate Bill 850 sponsored by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), would make the organ donation process easier and ensure that a donor’s wishes are understood and carried out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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