Star power added to Pennsylvania medical marijuana saga

Star power added to Pennsylvania medical marijuana saga

At first it was the Mama Bears—Thursday it was Montel—as the one-time daytime talk show host came to the Capitol Rotunda to call on lawmakers to enact medical marijuana legalization legislation this session.

Montel Williams addressed by name Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga), who chairs the House Health Committee where a Senate-passed legalization bill sits, and urged him to move the bill from committee.

Rep. Baker has said he will not bring the bill up for a vote in his committee due to his opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana without further study.

“Politics is the only reason this bill has been held up,” Williams said, calling upon Rep. Baker to do “real research” on the subject of the medical benefits of marijuana.

Thursday, June 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democrats report more inclusion in budget discussions

House Democrats report more inclusion in budget discussions

In an exclusive interview with The PLS Reporter, House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) said his caucus is more involved with budget discussions and negotiations on other major pieces of legislation than at any other time in his caucus leadership.

“We are in the room and that’s very, very important,” he said. “I think the governor has made it clear that he’s not going to move forward without us.”

He stated he believes the budget and related legislation will not be passed without Democratic votes.

“Everybody recognizes that,” he said. “That being the case, we need to be in the room, in the negotiating process.”

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf waives background check fees for volunteers

As the House continues to advance legislation that would significantly alter the background check provisions of a 2014 child protection law, Gov. Tom Wolf took care of one of the issues some took with the legislation and waived background check and child abuse clearance fees for volunteers working with children.

The $10 fee for those employed to work with children has been reduced to $8 under the governor’s order.

The changes will become effective July 25, 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Court orders Arneson reinstated as Open Records office head

The much anticipated and long-awaited Commonwealth Court decision in Arneson v. Wolf was issued Wednesday morning with the court ordering by a four to three decision that Erik Arneson be reinstated as the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records and be compensated for back pay.

In so ordering, the court further held that Gov. Tom Wolf exceeded executive authority in firing Arneson, who was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett just days before his term expired.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Penn National Gaming encourages iGaming in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Penn National Gaming encourages iGaming in Pennsylvania

During today's Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee meeting on the casino gaming industry in Pennsylvania, Eric Schippers, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations representing Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course speaks to the merits of allowing iGaming to take place in casinos across the Commonwealth. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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