Capitol Quick Hits for 9.16.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.16.14

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

  • The PA Prostate Cancer Coalition held its annual rally in the Main Rotunda to support public policy calling for the formation of a Prostate Cancer Task Force to study the impact of prostate cancer in Pennsylvania as well as identifying gaps and needs in men’s health literacy.
  • Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a press conference to discuss the line of credit extended to the General Fund and to sound “alarm bells” that the General Fund balance has dipped below zero so early in the fiscal year.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking advocates from around the Commonwealth gathered in the Main Rotunda to support an anti-human trafficking law, Act 105. The Act increases penalties and clearly defines human trafficking (including sex trafficking, which disproportionately affects girls and women) as well as increases resources and protections for survivors.
  • After a recently released report by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) highlighting the increasing danger of long guns, CeaseFire PA and other advocates gathered in the Capitol to urge the expansion of background checks to cover the private sale of long guns. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Keeping up with the neighbors: New Jersey, Maryland, and New York

New Jersey legalizes sports betting, Maryland deals with medical marijuana implementation, and New York holds a primary election.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Quick approval of Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization bill far from certain

The House Rules Committee Tuesday voted to send House Bill 1177, which would authorize a $2 per pack cigarette tax for Philadelphia to fund its schools, to the House floor.

The committee did so after removing provisions in the legislation added by the Senate that created additional CRIZ zones and made changes to the hotel tax.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Mayor Nutter discusses update on Philly cigarette tax authorization

VIDEO: Mayor Nutter discusses update on Philly cigarette tax authorization

Following Tuesday's House Rules Committee meeting, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gives an update on the pending cigarette tax authorization for the use of the Philadelphia school district. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday took what sponsors are calling a historic step in voting to approve the Property Tax Independence Act by a 6-5 bipartisan vote.

“It’s one for the history books, it’s never before been approved by the Senate Finance Committee,” said Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), one of the prime sponsors of Senate Bill 76. “It’s a major step forward.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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