Capitol Quick Hits for 4.14.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.14.15

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

  • Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) was joined by the American Institute of Architects to announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Restoration Act. The Act will provide student debt relief to architecture students by offering student loan assistance to recent graduates who will help improve underserved areas of the state.
  • Students and supporters of The Commission for Community Colleges held a press conference to discuss their ongoing needs for funding, and to express their specific ask for an additional $15 million in the 2015-16 budget.
  • That National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter held its annual Legislative Advocacy Day. Hundreds of social work students and professionals visited with members of the General Assembly to discuss legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery.
  • The Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association hosted a Capitol Day to advocate for a budget that offers the support required by Pennsylvanians in need of adult and children’s mental health, brain injury, medical/vocational rehabilitation, intellectual and developmental disabilities , substance use, and autism services. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gov. Wolf’s department head nominations head for hearings

Tuesday, the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee moved Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominees to lead Pennsylvania’s various agencies to their standing oversight committees for confirmation hearings.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Teplitz, Wozniak to strengthen state distracted driving laws

VIDEO: Teplitz, Wozniak to strengthen state distracted driving laws

In a press conference recognizing April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," state Senators Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) and John Wonzniak (D-Cambria) introduced legislation that would strengthen the laws on distracted driving in Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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House, Senate GOP leaders react to budget planning meeting with governor

House, Senate GOP leaders react to budget planning meeting with governor

Tuesday marked the first time House and Senate GOP leaders met with the governor to begin initial talks about how to move forward this spring with the budget for the coming fiscal year.

Following the meeting, The PLS Reporter caught up with some of those leaders to find out what they have to say and where they feel the budget talks are heading.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Potential prescribers of medical marijuana narrower than some have argued

According to a recent legal opinion drafted by the Legislative Reference Bureau and obtained by The PLS Reporter on a possible bone of contention in Senate Bill 3—the Senate’s version of medical marijuana legalization legislation—the list of potential prescribers of medical marijuana is narrower than some have argued.

In past discussions and news reports, some have argued the definition of prescriber in the bill—which is based on a “health care practitioner” as defined in the 1985 Medical Practices Act who has the ability to prescribe schedule three narcotics—could possibly include veterinarians and physical therapists.

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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