Prescription drug monitoring bill draws additional concerns as it heads to governor’s desk

The Senate Thursday finally passed Senate Bill 1180, which would provide a prescription drug monitoring database which has been argued to help curb the increase in opiate addiction.

As previously reported by The PLS Reporter, the legislation has been dogged by privacy concerns as it made its way through the General Assembly in a process that has gone on for more than a decade.

However, as the bill moved through the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Thursday, the lone negative vote came from Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), who voiced concerns other than those related to privacy. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Folmer explains his negative vote on prescription drug monitoring bill

VIDEO: Folmer explains his negative vote on prescription drug monitoring bill

Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) explains why he voted in the negative on the monitoring of prescription drugs legislation today in a Senate Rules Committee meeting. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Last dance for medical marijuana?

According to House Republican leadership, the last dance for the issue of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is likely destined to be joint committee hearings on Senate Bill 1182, which passed the Senate just two weeks ago, and not consideration of a legalization measure on the House floor.

Steve Miskin, spokesperson for the Speaker and House Majority Leader, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that joint hearings will be held between the House Judiciary and House Health committees, but no specific timeframe for the hearings has been established.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Sen. Folmer provides updates on his medical marijuana legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Folmer provides updates on his medical marijuana legislation

The PLS Reporter caught up with the prime sponsor of SB 1182, Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), to discuss the latest updates on the legislation that would provide for the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania. 

Monday, September 22, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Folmer advocates for his medical marijuana legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Folmer advocates for his medical marijuana legislation

The PLS Reporter caught up with Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) about the progress of his SB 1182, the medical use of cannabis. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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