VIDEO: Folmer explains his negative vote on prescription drug monitoring bill

VIDEO: Folmer explains his negative vote on prescription drug monitoring bill

Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) explains why he voted in the negative on the monitoring of prescription drugs legislation today in a Senate Rules Committee meeting. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Costa discusses disappointment with Act 47 reform legislation

VIDEO: Costa discusses disappointment with Act 47 reform legislation

During a Senate Rules Committee meeting, Minority Senate Leader Jay Costa expressed his disappointment that the city of Pittsburgh is not included in HB 1773, legislation that would impose a five-year time limit for municipalities to exit Act 47, with a three-year extension possible.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Municipal gun ordinances can be challenged by pro-Second Amendment groups under adopted Senate amendment

After more than an hour of debate, an amendment by Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) to House Bill 80 that would allow municipal gun ordinances to be challenged in court by pro-Second Amendment gun rights groups ultimately passed by a vote of 32-16.

According to Sen. Alloway, the amendment would prohibit municipalities from adopting ordinances antithetical to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and similar provisions in the Pennsylvania Constitution and give standing to membership organizations to challenge the ordinances on behalf of aggrieved members if their rights are violated by the municipality.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.15.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.15.14

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

  • Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee (VAEP) and Vietnam War veteran, hosted an event at the State Capitol in honor of the 91,000 U.S. servicemen and women still unaccounted for since World War I. 
  • The Department of Aging held a press conference this morning to inform older Pennsylvanians of Medicare Annual Enrollment. Brian Duke, Secretary of Aging, informed older Pennsylvanians that the Medicare Annual Enrollment period begins on Wednesday, October 15 and ends Friday, December 7. 

  • Gov. Tom Corbett signed HB 1654 into law today, expanding newborn screening requirements to assist in early detection measures that will help to improve care for children diagnosed with certain rare disorders. The governor was joined by prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia); other members of the General Assembly; Secretary of Health Michael Wolf; and Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone.
  • The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development hosted a rally to support PA Career Development Day in the Main Rotunda. The rally spotlighted the critical need for schools, employers, post secondary, community and government agencies to collaborate on workforce development to ensure career success for the young people of Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia) held a news conference H.R. 1061 in the Capitol Media Center. H.R. 1061 would urge the Pennsylvania attorney general, with the assistance of the city controller of Philadelphia, to conduct a forensic audit of the Philadelphia School District and require a report disseminating the findings of that audit.
  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center held a press conference where speakers identified some of the concerns about SB 76 and offered a range of recommendations for better targeting property tax relief. SB 76 would eliminate property taxes by increasing income and sales tax to fund Pennsylvania’s schools.
  • An event was held in the Capitol Media Center to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Bills drawing concern from environmental advocates headed for governor’s signature

Two bills that have drawn criticism from various environmental advocates and organizations over the last several months were sent to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature late afternoon Wednesday.

House Bill 2354—introduced by Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene)—would provide legislative oversight of the Commonwealth’s compliance plan related to the US EPA’s new carbon emissions standards.

House Bill 1565, introduced by Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) would change the current law requiring mandatory riparian buffers that prohibit earth disturbances within 150 feet of a certain rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, ponds or reservoirs when the project site is located in an exceptional value or high quality watershed attaining its designated use.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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