Organ donation law changes could draw “lively discussion” when bill reaches House

A bill allowing for greater availability of organ donations was passed by the Senate Tuesday and could potentially see a “lively discussion” when presented to the House, a Republican spokesperson said.

The bill, Senate Bill 850 sponsored by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), would make the organ donation process easier and ensure that a donor’s wishes are understood and carried out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.23.14

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

  • The Center for Rural Pennsylvania released a report on Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic in the Capitol Media Center this afternoon. Over the months of July and August, the bipartisan agency of the General Assembly convened a series of statewide public hearings to examine the increasing use of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction rates in rural Pennsylvania. The report provides recommendations and a foundation for addressing the growing epidemic.
  • Members of the Pennsylvania legislature’s Equality Caucus, Equality PA, and advocates gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda today to urge the immediate adoption of legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. SB 42, by Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny), and it’s companion legislation, HB 177, by Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), would extend Title 18 language under the ethnic intimidation clause to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.
  • Senate President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) welcomed the reopen of The State Capitol Welcome Center today following a renovation process. The Capitol Welcome Center is located on Concourse Level of the East Wing of the Capitol Complex. 

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Greenleaf discusses organ donation legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Greenleaf discusses organ donation legislation

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) discusses SB 850, legislation that would update the organ donation law to allow for a faster donation process. The bill is currently set on the Senate calendar. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Medical marijuana bill’s committee vote put off one day

Though sunshined for a Senate Appropriations Committee vote, a bill legalizing certain forms of medical marijuana was put off Monday afternoon.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre) and prime sponsor Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) have indicated the committee is likely to vote on the bill and related amendments in committee Tuesday.

Monday, September 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project to make a dent in number of structurally deficient bridges

P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project to make a dent in number of structurally deficient bridges

Monday, Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Sec. Barry Schoch announced the list of 558 bridges that will be a part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project to replace the direst of structurally deficient bridges in Pennsylvania.

According to Sec. Schoch, the program has been made possible through Act 89 transportation infrastructure funding and legislation allowing for greater use of public-private partnerships (P3s).

Monday, September 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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