Bill aims to ban sale of DXM to minors

Bill aims to ban sale of DXM to minors

Legislation currently making its way through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would ban the sale of a common over-the-counter medication to minors out of fear of abuse and misuse of the drug.

 

House Bill 1951, sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), would move over-the-counter cough medicines with dextromethorphan (otherwise known as DXM or DM) behind the pharmacy to be sold only when proper identification ensures the person buying the medicine is over the age of 18.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

An adage often attributed to Albert Einstein says, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

 

However, in early December, Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) proved that sometimes persistence pays off after his decade-plus quest to try and regulate tattooing, body-piercing, and corrective cosmetic artists finally received a committee vote.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

An ad-hoc group of 18 House Republican members recently announced they will be forming the “Common Sense Caucus,” a group of like-minded legislators aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues.

 

The group is formed largely of the team of rank-and-file House Republican members that were pushing for the use of special fund transfers to fund the current fiscal year’s budget, a component of which was incorporated into the revenue plan ultimately adopted.

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Rep. Petri resigns House seat, to take over as Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director

Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) announced Friday that he plans to resign at the end of the year in order to take over as executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Saturday, December 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

In light of the alleged murder of a University of Pittsburgh student in October, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB 196, titled “Alina’s Law”, to increase the options for judges when issuing protection from abuse orders, while continuing to look at more bills to address domestic violence.

SB 196 would allow judges to put electronic tracking devices on the defendants in PFA cases, typical filed by women seeking protection from a violent domestic partner, if the judge feels tracking might be necessary.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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