Capitol Quick Hits for 4.29.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) held a press conference to release its 2013-2014 report. PATF staff members thanked the legislators and board members in attendance for their continued support in helping people to live independent lives every day with assistive technology.
  • Arts and culture advocates from across the state gathered in the Main Rotunda to call for an increase to the Grants to the Arts line item for the 2014-2015 state budget. Organizations in attendance were the Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts along with Sen. Costa (D-Allegheny), Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), and Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery).
  • The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) held a rally in the Main Rotunda in support of legislative changes to empower nurse practitioners across the commonwealth. PCNP called upon the General Assembly to pass SB 1063, which would provide nurse practitioners full practice authority.
  • The Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania held a rally on the Capitol steps to support HB 1762. The legislation would stipulate that any physician performing an abortion who does not have clinical privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles will be guilty of a third degree misdemeanor.
  • Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) was joined by gun owners and other pro-Second Amendment lawmakers for the annual PA Second Amendment Action Day on the Capitol steps.
  • Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) honored musicians Roger Humphries of Pittsburgh and Anthony “Tony” Williams of Philadelphia for National Jazz Month. Both musicians performed in the Media Center before being presented with legislative citations.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Bill Consolidating County Row Officers into Court System Gets Senate Hearing

Bill Consolidating County Row Officers into Court System Gets Senate Hearing

Senate Bill 1215, which would consolidate county clerks of court and prothonotaries into the Unified Judicial System (UJS) of the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), was the subject of a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

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VIDEO: Aument Opposes Clerk of Courts/Prothonotary Transfer Act

VIDEO: Aument Opposes Clerk of Courts/Prothonotary Transfer Act

Former Clerk of Courts, Rep. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) gives his take on SB 1215 - Clerk of Courts/Prothonotary Transfer Act. 

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VIDEO: AOPC Favors SB 1215 - Clerk of Courts/Prothonotary Transfer Act

VIDEO: AOPC Favors SB 1215 - Clerk of Courts/Prothonotary Transfer Act

Joseph Mittleman, Director of Judicial Programs for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts discussed his thoughts about SB 1215, the Clerk of Court/Prothonotary Transfer Act. The bill was discussed Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing. 

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Hunger Caucus Breaks Ground on Capitol Hunger Garden

Hunger Caucus Breaks Ground on Capitol Hunger Garden

The Legislative Hunger Caucus held a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Capitol Hunger Garden Tuesday.

 

“This is one of the activities that has occurred in my tenure, my eight years in the General Assembly, that I am most proud,” said caucus co-chair Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster). According to Sen. Brubaker, the Hunger Garden is a project that grows vegetables and exposes young people to various types of food. “There is education that takes place there,” he said. “It’s really an incredibly type of project.”

 

Sen. Brubaker noted it is the work of the Hunger Caucus to encourage the 49 other states to start a similar project and to donate the food from the Hunger Garden to a local food relief organization.

 

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