Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana by a 88 to 10 margin.

Not surprisingly, legislators sponsoring proposals to legalize medical marijuana responded positively to the poll’s results.

“You can’t get much higher in a poll than 88 percent,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3, that chamber’s legalization proposal also sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). “These numbers are as close to unanimous as you get in politics.

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor

Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor

Democrats on the House State Government Committee cried foul Monday afternoon as the committee unexpectedly was called to meet to vote on House Bill 472.

The legislation—a constitutional amendment introduced in the House by Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland)—would limit the growth in state spending to a formula based on the sum of the increase in the rate of inflation and the increase in Pennsylvania’s population.

There are exceptions for emergency spending, the funding of pension obligations, and the need for additional funding, all of which require three-quarters approval from the legislature.

The PLS Reporter reported on the legislation in a story last week.

Monday, March 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Compromise on “paycheck protection?”

It appears as though Senators are coalescing around a more moderate proposal to advance so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

While an unamended proposal in the form of Senate Bill 501 moved out of the Senate State Government Committee Wednesday that would prohibit the Commonwealth and public school from collecting union dues from employee paychecks, members spoke of an amendment that would limit the scope of the proposal.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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“Paycheck protection” constitutional amendment moves one step closer to passage

The Senate State Government Committee advanced a proposal by Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) that would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to prohibit state government and public schools from collecting union membership dues, fees, and political contributions from employees

Supporters refer to the proposal as “paycheck protection.”

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republican leaders want constitutional safeguard against Wolf’s future spending

Republican leaders want constitutional safeguard against Wolf’s future spending

Republican leaders from both the House and Senate gathered Monday to support a legislation that would mandate checks on state spending.

Senate Bill 70, introduced by freshman Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit state spending at the average change in personal income for the three preceding calendar years or the average inflation rate plus the average percentage change in state population over the three preceding years (with exceptions for certain extraordinary circumstances).

It would also direct that revenues collected above that needed to fund the state budget to be put to use to pay down pension obligations, boost budgetary reserves, and lower the personal income tax.

Senate Bill 7 introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), called the Taxpayer Protection Act, is a legislative implementation of the constitutional amendment.

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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