VIDEO: Chair of Senate Law and Justice Committee wants to push on medical marijuana bill

VIDEO: Chair of Senate Law and Justice Committee wants to push on medical marijuana bill

During today's Senate Law and Justice Committee meeting, Chairman Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks) said it is his intent to have the committee take up the issue of medical cannabis within the next couple of weeks, potentially making it the first ever vote on this issue in the Senate. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Folmer discusses potential amendment to medical marijuana bill

VIDEO: Sen. Folmer discusses potential amendment to medical marijuana bill

During today's Senate Law and Justice Committee meeting, Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) discusses a proposed amendment to SB 1182- The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Budget vehicle to be reported from House committee Wednesday, floor debate set for late June

In the spirit of moving things along, the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday will consider and likely move out House Bill 2328, the current vehicle bill for the FY 2014-2015 general appropriations budget bill.

“We are just moving the House bill that is being used as a vehicle,” said committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). “We are just moving the process.”

He said, at this point, he does not expect any amendments to the bill—from either Republicans or Democrats—that will be considered at Wednesday’s committee meeting.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Support for liquor reform measure wanes as measure is pulled from Senate committee agenda

The Capitol was a flutter Monday with the prospect of legislation to provide for reform and modernization of Pennsylvania’s alcohol sales after the legislation was sunshined for a committee vote late last week.

During the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Monday afternoon, however, the bill and amendments offered to the legislation were pulled from the agenda to possibly be considered at a Tuesday committee meeting.

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Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.9.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.9.14

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

  • Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents filled the Main Capitol Rotunda to rally against SB 1316 and HB 2138, identical legislation that proposes an overhaul of special education funding that charter school operators say would make it difficult for them to operate. Students and charter school administrators gave testimony of how their charter schools have positively affected their lives and urged legislators to reject the legislation.
  • Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) held a conference call to announce the formation of the Progressive America PAC. The PAC will be dedicated to “recruiting, vetting, training, funding, exposing, and electing progressive candidates,” said Sen. Leach. He indicated that the PAC will focus on Pennsylvania candidates initially and then expand nationwide.
  • Health care and disability rights advocates held a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to call on lawmakers to “close the budget gap by closing the coverage gap,” lifting up Medicaid Expansion as the solution to Pennsylvania’s budget problem.  
  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) held a teleconference to discuss a new report on the amount of taxes oil and gas extraction companies actually pay. PBPC Executive Director Sharon Ward said lawmakers are considering a possible severance tax on natural gas as a possible solution to filling a potential $1.5 billion budget shortfall. 

Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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