Capitol Quick Hits for 5.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.13.15

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

  • A small group of legislators, advocates, and families of missing persons gathered together in the Capitol Rotunda in an effort to raise awareness of missing persons both in and around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Steve Santarsiero held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center focused on HB 1018, legislation that seeks to counter politically motivated pressure on colleges and universities to boycott or divest from Israel’s commercial interests by barring state funds to any Pennsylvania school that bows to such demands. Rep. Santarsiero said his bill to protect investments in Israel—which enjoys broad, bipartisan support—is a natural step in safeguarding our nation’s strong ties to the only democracy in the Middle East. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.12.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.12.15

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

  • Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) kicked off today’s 10th Annual Second Amendment Rally on the steps of the Capitol joined by several national speakers and numerous state legislators. Kim Stolfer, President of Firearm Owners Against Crime started the events by declaring that gun control is an abridgement of freedom and that freedom shall not be questioned. 
  • A small group of legislators and Pre-K supporters as well as early childhood advocates met today in the Capitol Rotunda to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood programs. 

  • Advocates gathered in the Capitol this morning to outline the Pennsylvania Arts and Culture legislative priorities. Jenny Hershour, managing director of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, kicked off the program by introducing a Hershey High School student, Paxton Zeis, winner of the Poetry Out Loud contest.
  • Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Vereb) held a news conference challenging the Governor’s authority to defy court authority in death penalty cases. Rep. Vereb specifically highlighted the governor’s actions defy the important role played by the other co-equal branches of government in securing justice.
  • Hundreds of nurse practitioners, patients and supports gathered on the Capitol steps to advocate for reforms that would expand access to health care across Pennsylvania. The rally showcased support for SB 717 and HB 765 which would end a government mandate that nurse practitioners obtain business contacts with physicians in order to practice.
  • Minority Senate Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was joined by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), along with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Chair Sean Logan to discuss legislation that would protect workers in construction zones.
  • Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair) unveiled HB 900, legislation he will be introducing that would eliminate Pennsylvania’s public pension debt over 20 years with level dollar funding. Rep. McGinnis described the “immense financial crisis looming over Pennsylvania’s future” and said recent credit rating downgrades are an obvious sign of that crisis. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.11.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.11.15

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

  • Members of the legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus today unveiled their “Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health,” – a package of legislation aimed at protecting women’s rights. The bills include establishing family-friendly working conditions, economic fairness, ensuring healthy lives, and protecting victims of domestic violence.
  • Cyclists, state officials, and representatives from five state agencies kicked Bike to Work Week today with an executive ride around Harrisburg. “We want to showcase that biking can be a healthy way to improve your lifestyle and in some cases can be a commuting option,” said Scott Christie, deputy secretary for Highway Administration in PennDOT.
  • Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montogomery) held a press conference to unveil their proposal to empower families to work their way off human services benefits. This proposal is in response to the findings by the House Majority Policy Committee’s Gateway’s Out of Poverty Initiative.
  • Hundreds of students filled the Capitol Rotunda this morning to rally in support for brick and mortar charter schools. Tim Eller, Executive Director of the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools, emphasized that brick and mortar charter schools serve as a high quality alternative to traditional public schools. “Across the state 92,000 students are enrolled in 160 brick and mortar charter schools. Our parents are focused on their child’s education and they are fed up with a lack of access to a high quality education and they demand a public school that will meet their child’s needs and focus on their child’s academic success. “

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.6.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.6.15

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

  • Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and many legislators gathered on the Capitol Steps to celebrate the birthday of and show support of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The party is hosted every year with the dual purpose of celebrating the highly-praised program and to thank the legislators for their continued support.
  • Moms Clean Air Force held “Mama Summit 2015” in the Main Capitol Rotunda today. The Summit was a chance to moms, dads, grandparents, and kids to show support for children’s health and to demand action to protect the air that they breathe-both indoor and outdoor- and call for action on climate change.
  • The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania hosted their annual “Home Matters Day” in the Main Capitol Rotunda today to raise awareness about the increasing need to provide home within reach of all Pennsylvania. The group also marked the release of “Real People, Real Results: A Snapshot of How Pennsylvania’s State Housing Trust Fund – PHARE- is Working,” a new research document featuring stories of communities and individuals who have directly benefited from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE).
  • Rep Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, held a press conference to release the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association’s Report on Overdose Death Statistics during the period of January-December 2014. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Hunger Garden opens for sixth season

Capitol Hunger Garden opens for sixth season

Legislators, anti-hunger advocates, and hunger relief organizations gathered outside the Capitol building Wednesday morning to open and dedicate the Capitol Hunger Garden for the sixth consecutive season.

The small garden sits outside the Capitol building’s House side between the Ryan Office Building and its harvest goes to supply local food shelters.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: The PLS Reporter
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