Capitol Quick Hits for 3.2.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.2.15

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

  • Environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment released a report this morning which found that nearly four million Pennsylvanians live within the potential evacuation zone for an oil train accident. The report cites predictions that over the next two decades trains carrying crude oil or ethanol may derail ten times each year.
  • Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) held a press conference today to announce that they will introduce legislation to end philosophical immunizations exemptions in Pennsylvania. Rep. Corbin emphasized the effectiveness of vaccines to eradicate polio and explained that vaccines must be widely distributed in order to work effectively.
  • Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Dr. Suess’s “The Cat in the Hat” teamed up today in the Capitol Main Rotunda to celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. Rep. Adolph read Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to a group of local preschoolers from Hansel & Gretel Early Learning Center.
  • The York County Convention and Visitors Bureau was joined by the York County Delegation for a press conference in the East Wing Main Rotunda this morning to highlight York County tourist attractions and to support legislation that would allow counties to increase the hotel tax.
  • The Pocono Raceway held a press conference this afternoon to announce that it will be offering a ten percent discount for first responders through its existing partnership with ID.me. 

Monday, March 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15

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

Hundreds of people representing labor unions and advocacy groups from across the Commonwealth conducted a rally in the Main Capitol Rotunda today demanding “a fair state budget that creates jobs and healthy communities.”  The speakers of the group focused on the governor and the General Assembly to expand Medicaid, properly fund community services, increase funding for public education, raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour, Marcellus Shale severance tax, and oppose privatization of the state’s wine and spirits stores. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.23.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.23.15

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

  • Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to formally introduce legislation that will limit insurers’ ability to retroactively deny reimbursements. He was joined by representatives the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicans, and Fresenius Medical Care.
  • Erik Arneson was this month’s featured speaker at the PA Press Club Luncheon. He spoke on the need to keep the Office of Open Records independent. 

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.11.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.11.15

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

Members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda to unveil a list of ten key county government legislative priorities for 2015, including calling state officials to enact reforms to the 911 call-taking system operated by counties. Other significant issues range from maintenance of the shale gas impact fee, human services funding and further system reform to addressing the commonwealth’s responsibility for court funding and diversifying the county tax base. 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.10.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.10.15

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

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Colleen Sheehay-Church was joined by families of DUI victims and Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Keith Greiner (R-Lancaster) to support SB 290 and HB 278, which would require convicted drunk drivers with illegal blood alcohol concentration of .10 or greater to use ignition interlock for at least six months.
  • Leaders from the behavioral health, legal, and health care advocacy communities, collectively a part of Cover the Commonwealth’s effort to bring Medicaid expansion to Pennsylvania, hosted a conference call this morning to praise Gov. Wolf’s decision yesterday to transition from Healthy PA to full Medicaid expansion in the commonwealth. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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