Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address where inmates are counted in the drawing of legislative maps, regulations for the use of sewage sludge, and animal restrictions in Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

A new statewide public health poll released Wednesday by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion found that a majority of Pennsylvanians believe climate change is a major public health threat, a finding which comes as lawmakers in the General Assembly are juggling multiple renewable energy proposals while also hosting climate change skeptics at informational hearings in the Capitol.

The survey, released in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Public Health Program, sheds light on statewide positions on climate change, marijuana legalization and vaccines. Respondents expressed support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, and relayed skepticism over claims that vaccines present dangers.
Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Fetterman: '65 to 70 percent' of listening tour attendees support marijuana legalization

Fetterman: '65 to 70 percent' of listening tour attendees support marijuana legalization

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman told lawmakers Monday that his recreational marijuana listening tour has uncovered broad support for the practice across the state but stressed the administration has not formally taken a position on the matter.

At a joint House and Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the topic, Fetterman pegged support for legalizing marijuana at “65 to 70 percent” based off the 50 counties he has visited thus far. 
Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

State lawmakers have found common ground in the past year, tackling issues such as ethics reform, drug addiction and workforce development. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in even more collaborative efforts, including those that continue to address the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as occupational licensure reform. 

In the past week, a variety of proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly, touching on everything from occupational licensure to criminal justice reform. In this week’s feature, we look at some of the newest proposals introduced in Harrisburg and what they could mean for Pennsylvania citizens.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Vaccinations, mandatory minimums and vehicle registration stickers

Did You Get The Memo? Vaccinations, mandatory minimums and vehicle registration stickers

It was a busy week in the state Capitol — Gov. Tom Wolf signed the first bill of the session into law, strengthening penalties for public officials convicted of felonies. In the House, legislators argued over a bill that would end cash assistance payments to needy Pennsylvanians, while students from Pennsylvania colleges and universities visited the Capitol to rally for free college. 
 
With all of the action in and around the rotunda, there were a number of co-sponsorship memos that were filed by legislators to address everything from vaccination exemptions to criminal sentencing for drug dealers. In our latest edition of “Did You Get The Memo?” we take a look at some of the proposals you may have missed that were introduced in the legislature this week.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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