Turzai: “I’m open to a lame duck session”; Pileggi: “Our caucus is not interested”

Furthering ongoing speculation that the General Assembly might come back in to session following the November election to vote on substantive legislation, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) Wednesday afternoon said he is open to the idea.

“I’m open to a lame duck session,” he told The PLS Reporter

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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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Lame duck session days may be used for pension reform

After Tuesday’s House Republican closed-door caucus, which reportedly included a strategizing session related to the passage of pension reform, the prime author of the leading pension reform proposal in the House remained optimistic about the proposal’s passage.

However, according to Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), it is not “unwarranted” to use the tool of adding extra session days—possibly even after the November election—to move his pension reform proposal over the finish line.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Last dance for medical marijuana?

According to House Republican leadership, the last dance for the issue of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is likely destined to be joint committee hearings on Senate Bill 1182, which passed the Senate just two weeks ago, and not consideration of a legalization measure on the House floor.

Steve Miskin, spokesperson for the Speaker and House Majority Leader, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that joint hearings will be held between the House Judiciary and House Health committees, but no specific timeframe for the hearings has been established.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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