Medical marijuana’s future depends on whether changes are made by the Senate

Medical marijuana’s future depends on whether changes are made by the Senate

While medical marijuana legalization legislation cleared a significant hurdle last week when the legislation passed the House with wide bipartisan support, that chamber is now saying the future of the legislation depends on whether the Senate decides to make changes to the bill that was amended with House preferences on legalization.

Senate Bill 3 passed the House last week by a 149-43 margin after two days of that chamber considering amendments to the legislation and lengthy debate on the legislation’s final passage.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House poised to vote on resolution condemning Gov. Wolf

House poised to vote on resolution condemning Gov. Wolf

The House Judiciary Committee moved to the full House a resolution calling Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty unconstitutional and condemning his actions in instituting the moratorium and issuing continued death penalty reprieves.

Three Democrats joined all Republicans on the committee in supporting the resolution.

“Pennsylvania law currently provides the use of the death penalty as punishment for some of the Commonwealth’s most ruthless, heinous criminals,” said Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of the resolution. “Shortly after taking office, the governor announced he was unilaterally implementing a moratorium on death penalty executions.”

In February, Gov. Wolf said he was issuing the moratorium until he receives and reviews the report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Capital Punishment and any recommendations in the report are addressed. The report was due in December 2013.

Monday, June 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension Reform Bill Could be Introduced Friday, See Vote Next Week

The hybrid pension reform plan that has been worked on by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) for months could see the light of day as early as tomorrow. 

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Thursday, May 1, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Lottery Profit Margin Relief Bill Clears Committee

Tuesday morning the House Finance Committee unanimously voted out House Bill 2110 with amendment to be considered by the full House.

The legislation, which provides for so-called “margin relief,” lowers the required rate of return on profits from the Pennsylvania Lottery from 27 percent to 25 percent. The bill would also make the profit margin permanent.

An amendment adopted in committee makes the legislation apply to the coming fiscal year and makes permanent Lottery reporting requirements.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Gift Ban Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate, House Will Wait on Legislative Push

Legislation banning public officers from taking cash gifts or their equivalents made its way through the Senate State Government Committee Monday afternoon with the legislation anticipated to be passed by the full Senate by the end of the week.

Senate Bill 1327 by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) amends the law regulating public officers to prohibit the acceptance of cash gifts or their equivalents from a lobbyist or someone with business before the Commonwealth.

Sen. Baker noted she has been interested in introducing the legislation for months, particularly since she represents the area affected by the “Kids-for-Cash” scandal where judges took cash in exchange for sentencing juveniles to facilities owned by those offering the bribes when the sentences were not warranted.

“I believe this bill is a straightforward, commonsense approach,” Sen. Baker stated.

She further noted the bill addresses situations where public officers receive things like “Kohl’s Cash” or other store rewards. “We wanted to ensure that some of those common sense things were also considered as part of the legislation,” she said.

Sen. Baker called this a first step in putting a fundamental principle into law.

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Monday, April 7, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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