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
State Police defend interactions with federal immigration authorities at House hearing

State Police defend interactions with federal immigration authorities at House hearing

Pennsylvania State Police leadership defended a new policy limiting how they can interact with federal immigration authorities before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday in response to concerns from both conservative lawmakers and civil liberties groups.

Starting in January, PSP policy bars troopers from stopping residents for the sole purpose of determining their immigration status. It also prohibits detaining people based on non-binding administrative warrants issued by federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Republicans recoil from tepid Wolf stance on marijuana legalization

Republicans recoil from tepid Wolf stance on marijuana legalization

While taking questions from the public online this week, Gov. Tom Wolf added some daylight to his views on recreational marijuana.

The Democratic governor, who just won his reelection campaign, had historically been hesitant to back legalizing cannabis for non-medical use.

Thursday, December 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

By a wide bipartisan margin, the House Judiciary Committee advanced today legislation cutting back on punishments for marijuana possession.

The bill, Rep. Barry Jozwiak’s (R-Berks) HB 928, limits the first two penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to summary offenses with no jail time and a maximum $300 fine.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House remains torn on what to do to combat gun violence

House remains torn on what to do to combat gun violence

House members discussed potential legislation that limits access to guns and there was no consensus during the fifth gun policy public hearing Tuesday. 

House Bill 1400, the background check bill and House Bill 194, legislation that would ban assault weapons, got the most criticism from Rep. Rick Saccone (R- Allegheny) and Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks). 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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