Capitol Quick Hits for 10.9.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.9.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today

The Americans United for Change national bus tour stopped at the Capitol today to hold a press conference in support of raising the minimum wage, increasing funding for public education, closing corporate tax loopholes and electing Tom Wolf as the next governor. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Turzai talks lame duck session

VIDEO: Turzai talks lame duck session

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) gives his views on lame duck session. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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A LOOK BACK with Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette)

A LOOK BACK with Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette)

The PLS Reporter sat down with Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette) to discuss his time in the General Assembly, his proudest accomplishments, and his plans for retirement. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: A Look Back
Capitol Quick Hits for 10.8.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.8.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Aging celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Program (PACE) at a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda. The PACE program began providing comprehensive pharmaceutical assistance benefits to income eligible older Pennsylvanians in July 1984. 
  • The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) honored the winners of a new statewide art contest, “Art: The Universal Language,” during a celebration in the Main Capitol Rotunda. The art contest was a partnership between The Arc of Pennsylvania, the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America met on the Capitol Steps to deliver 36,000 signatures to Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) to stop imprisoning women for abortion. The petition was issued in response to the sentencing of a Pennsylvania mother of three to 18 months in jail for ordering abortion pills online for her pregnant teenage daughter. 

  • The Pennsylvania Dyslexia Collation rallied in the Capitol Main Rotunda today to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month.  Dyslexia Awareness Month was declared by HR 1015 and SR 451.
  • The Early Childhood Education Caucus held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to recognize October as Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month is an opportunity to celebrate quality early education and the families, teachers, and leaders that help young children reach their promise every day. 



 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.7.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.7.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to bring awareness to further screen and provide health care to those who may be infected with hepatitis C, and to call on the Senate to join the House in unanimously passing HB 2003. HB 2003 would require medical providers and hospitals to offer hepatitis C screenings to those born between 1945 and 1965. 
  • Credit unions and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation sponsored a Financial Education Reality Fair in the Capitol East Wing Rotunda. The Reality Fair allows Harrisburg High School students to experience making financial decisions as if they were independent adults. 

  • The Pennsylvania Business Council Foundation announced the launch of Pennsylvania Scorecard, an online tool for measuring Pennsylvania’s business and economic performance, and submitted a report to the Senate Economy, Business and Jobs (EBJ) Caucus.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and State System Chancellor Frank Brogan held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to announce an ongoing performance audit of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and how the agency is complying with state and federal laws related to campus safety and sexual violence prevention.
  • Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga) held a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to urge the passage of HB 2471, legislation that would make oral anticancer drugs more affordable for patients. The bill has passed the House and now awaits approval in the Senate.
  • Music therapists from all over the Commonwealth gathered and in the East Wing Rotunda to celebrate October as Music Therapy Month.
  • The ride-sharing company Uber held a rally in the Main Rotunda to support uberX ridesharing and to urge lawmakers to pass regulations that would permit Uber to operate permanently in Pittsburgh, as well as in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, the Lehigh Valley, the Wyoming Valley, Reading, Erie, and Lancaster. 



Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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