Capitol Quick Hits for 6.16.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.16.15

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

  • The Arc Pennsylvania gathered in the Main Capitol Rotunda with people of disabilities, family members, friends, disability organizations and advocates to rally for support and funding for services that allow people with disabilities to live in their homes and communities.  
  • The Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Provider’s Network held their 6th annual PA Supports Sickle Cell Disease Advocacy Day in the Main Capitol Rotunda. PASCP highlighted their project, the Hydroxyurea Health Education, Access and Awareness Initiative, which has decreased the number of children and adults with sickle cell disease in PA by nearly 20% over the past two years.
  • Residents from across Pennsylvania and environmental organizations gathered in the Main Capitol Rotunda to urge the legislature to adopt the increased funding for clean energy and environmental programs in Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.15.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.15.15

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

  • A diverse group of organizations comprising the Disability Budget Coalition held a rally in the Main Capitol this morning to tell their individual stories about how home and community based services have helped them while saving the Commonwealth money. Disability advocate Linda Anthony explained more than eighty organizations have joined forces to champion the fact that community support for the disabled saves money and makes sense.
  • Members of the Government Reform Caucus joined together in the Media Center today to call for enactment of a gift ban and to discuss the caucus’s legislative endorsement process. Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), co-chair of the Government Reform Caucus pointed out that last year the caucus was pushing gift ban legislation, and with the governor’s enactment of a ban, remains hopeful to get it done this year.
  • Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin Wiessmann today urged Pennsylvanians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and reminded them of the opportunity to confidentially report any suspicions of elder abuse using a statewide hotline. 

Monday, June 15, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.3.15

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

  • A coalition of 40 organizations representing education, labor, environmental, human services and community development groups from across the Commonwealth held news conference this afternoon calling on the members of the General Assembly to enact Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on the extraction of natural gas.
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) members, legislators, and stakeholders gathered in the Capitol today to announce the release of ACLU’s latest report- Guilty Property: How Law Enforcement Takes $1 Million in Cash from Innocent Philadelphians Every Year, and Gets Away with It – and speak to their audience about reforming the current laws regulating civil asset forfeiture.  
  • The Keystone Research Center hosted a conference call this morning to release a pension primer that analyzes the economic and legal ramifications of SB 1 and to discuss the experience of state that shifted from existing defined-benefit pensions to individual 401 (k)-style defined contribution accounts.
  • The Pennsylvania Cancer Fairness Coalition was joined by patient advocates, and healthcare professionals in the Main Capitol Rotunda to support SB 536, legislation that would provide for oral chemotherapy. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.15

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

  • Sen. Art Haywood was joined by statewide activists, family members of victims and community leaders to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Sen. Haywood also announced a resolution that would make June 2015 Gun Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The senator and activists wore orange to honor the life of Hadiya Pendelton, a young woman who was shot to death in Chicago. Hadiya’s classmates came together to organize the first national Gun Violence Awareness Day this year on what would have been her 18th birthday.
  • A group of Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate announced the formation of a workgroup aimed at dealing with redistricting reform legislation. Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) stated she is pleased to announce this unique, bipartisan and bicameral approach to redistricting reform and said any serious discussion about government reform must begin and end with redistricting.
  • In the Capitol East Wing, The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) presented state Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) with the “Kay Thompson Outstanding Legislator Award” for their efforts in helping to improve access to quality oral health care for the underserved.
  • The PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilition, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania hosted the 2015 Blindness Awareness Expo in the Main Rotunda. The expo included simulations of varying visual impairments, while other vendors and organizations offered hands-on demonstrations with guide dogs, tools, and services that facilitate living with a visual impairment.
  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) released its 2014-15 Annual Report in the Main Capitol Rotunda containing information on how PATF’s financing made it possible for 176 people with disabilities to acquire assistive technology they need.
  • Sen. Randy  Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) hosted a press conference to discuss their legislation, SB 282 and HB 457, intended to promote economic development along Pennsylvania’s waterfront areas. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.1.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.1.15

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

  • The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) were joined legislators and hundreds of motorcyclists to support HB 853, which would enhance penalties for distracted driving that results in severe injury or death. The family of Daniel Gallatin, the proposed law’s namesake, spoke about Gallatin, a father, grandfather, military veteran and fireman of nearly 40 years who was killed in May 2013 when his motorcycle was hit from behind in Lawrence County by a texting driver.
  • Rep. Mike Regan (R-York) joined the Keystone Alliance to Stop Utility Imposters this morning to call for increased public awareness of criminals who post as utility workers in order to commit against people in their homes. Rep. Regan said imposter utility worker crimes are on the rise and explained he has introduced HR 341 to designate the week of June 8 through 12, 2015 as Utility Imposter Awareness Week and increase awareness about the crime.
  • Supporters and members of Patients for Safe Access to Marijuana today rallied on the Capitol steps to call for enactment of SB 3, which provides for the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) held a press conference in the Capitol Newsroom introducing HB 13, his legislation to allow Pennsylvanians to register to vote at their polling place on Election Day, provided they supply specified proof of identification and their current address.
  • The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of Pennsylvania (BPAP) held their third annual legislative bowling for charity event in the East Wing Rotunda. With this year’s theme “Strikes and Spares for Hope and Healing,” BPAP will be making a generous donation to all five Ronald McDonald House programs in Pennsylvania. Legislators were invited and encouraged to roll one bowling ball down the lane to help raise money. 

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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