House, Senate GOP leaders react to budget planning meeting with governor

House, Senate GOP leaders react to budget planning meeting with governor

Tuesday marked the first time House and Senate GOP leaders met with the governor to begin initial talks about how to move forward this spring with the budget for the coming fiscal year.

Following the meeting, The PLS Reporter caught up with some of those leaders to find out what they have to say and where they feel the budget talks are heading.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Potential prescribers of medical marijuana narrower than some have argued

According to a recent legal opinion drafted by the Legislative Reference Bureau and obtained by The PLS Reporter on a possible bone of contention in Senate Bill 3—the Senate’s version of medical marijuana legalization legislation—the list of potential prescribers of medical marijuana is narrower than some have argued.

In past discussions and news reports, some have argued the definition of prescriber in the bill—which is based on a “health care practitioner” as defined in the 1985 Medical Practices Act who has the ability to prescribe schedule three narcotics—could possibly include veterinarians and physical therapists.

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Corman previews meeting with Gov. Wolf, Senate GOP spring agenda

Corman previews meeting with Gov. Wolf, Senate GOP spring agenda

Following a nearly two hour Senate GOP caucus, The PLS Reporter caught up with Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and he provided a preview of the Senate GOP’s spring agenda and what he hopes to see during a scheduled meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday.

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 4.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.13.15

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

  • Pharmacists and student pharmacists met in the Main Capitol Rotunda for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Day. They focused on the important role pharmacists play as medication experts and key legislative issues which include: the registration and transparency of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), fair pharmacy audits and expansion of pharmacist-provided immunization opportunities.
  • Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates convened on the steps of the Main Rotunda to promote Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a package of bills that cover issues such as pregnancy accommodations for working women, breastfeeding accommodations for nursing mothers, restoring patient trust in health care providers, and ending sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Human rights advocates and former PA state representative Jeff Coleman held a discussion in the Main Rotunda for Life Action Day on the impact of abortion on Pennsylvania’s communities, and to launch the website “AbortionisPersonal.org." The site is a resource for Pennsylvanians committed to understanding the true impact of abortion on women, their families and their communities.
  • Pennsylvania Women Work volunteers held an event to raise awareness about the New Choices program, an online resource helping women statewide to look for job training to further their careers.
  • The Historical Preservation Society of Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda following a resolution vote on the House Floor to designate 2015 The Year of the Pennsylvania Barn. 

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Senate Democratic leaders discuss budget strategy, property tax relief with governor

Senate Democratic leaders discuss budget strategy, property tax relief with governor

Upon their leaving a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf, The PLS Reporter caught up with two members of Senate Democratic leadership who discussed its contents and their views of the conversation.

“It was just a general meeting, that’s all,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “We’re back after a long legislative break, through the budget hearings and now we’re sort of getting coordinated in learning what we learned over the last several weeks and how we move forward.”

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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