Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

In an increasingly uncertain world many Pennsylvanians worry over their futures. To examine options in Pittsburgh and around the state, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) called a hearing Friday where educators, public servants, and legislators discussed ways to help residents plan better financial futures.

Although the backgrounds of those who gave testimony varied, the consensus among the panelists was that few people are taught meaningful ways to handle their finances. To remedy this a program called Fund My Future has opted to start the education process with young children.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Veteran employment, government spending and state countermand power

Did You Get The Memo? Veteran employment, government spending and state countermand 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 provide tax deductions for businesses that hire veterans, place limits on a governor’s ability to spend over budgeted amounts and inquire about a constitutional convention to give state legislatures more power.
Friday, July 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation

Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation

Pennsylvania Democrats have proposed myriad ways to legalize marijuana in the Keystone State. The most common avenue suggested is a market-based approach that empowers growers and dispensaries; others have advocated for its sale through the state-store system alongside liquor.

 

Regardless of how to best administer it, the criminal justice side of the marijuana discussion has not been lost as lawmakers grapple with what to do with criminal records plagued by past marijuana convictions.

Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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
Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Just days after lawmakers unveiled legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, House Democrats are eyeing a workaround that could push the bill onto the House floor without a committee vote.

 

Following an informational hearing Monday on the Restore Pennsylvania legislation, House Democrats suggested they may file a discharge resolution on the floor that would allow the legislation to bypass the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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