Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

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 would enact more safeguards to cut down on wrongful convictions, increase daycare safety through smoke detector inspections and expand access to solar energy.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Thirty-one people died after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last weekend, prompting Pennsylvania Democrats to call for stronger gun laws before the Keystone State suffers another mass shooting of its own. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday stopped short of calling for a special session to address gun violence, but the York County Democrat made clear that he wants to see movement on major gun-related bills this session. 
Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 dead and dozens more injured in Ohio and Texas, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon state lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation that would strengthen background checks and temporarily remove guns from the hands of those who are deemed dangerous by a court. 

Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in remembrance of the victims, but urged the General Assembly to find legislative solutions to gun access, poverty and mental health care.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Attorney General issues grant to curb illegal gun purchases

Attorney General issues grant to curb illegal gun purchases

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on July 18 a grant to two anti-gun violence organizations to tackle a significant problem: straw purchases.

The funding will spur outreach initiatives to educate women in Philadelphia about the dangers of gun purchases for those who aren’t legally eligible to buy a firearm. National data says over 30,000 straw purchases are attempted annually, with 80 percent of those initiated by women.

Friday, July 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wheatley looks to the Attorney General to protect the gun rights of marijuana users

Wheatley looks to the Attorney General to protect the gun rights of marijuana users

Right now, Pennsylvanians must choose between participating in the state’s medical marijuana program and gun ownership, due to marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. 

One leading marijuana legalization advocate is looking to use the clout of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office to give medical cannabis users a bit of protection from the federal restriction.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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