Medical marijuana vote coming in final week of June

According to the committee chairman and the prime sponsor of the bill, a Senate proposal to allow for a medicinal marijuana extract will likely be brought up for a vote in the final week of June.

“I’m going to try to schedule a vote on that next week,” Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks) told The PLS Reporter. He chairs the Senate Law and Justice Committee, where the bill currently sits awaiting action.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.18.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.18.14

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

  • The Better Choices Coalition held a rally this morning in the Main Capitol Rotunda to urge lawmakers not to fill the budget shortfall with cuts. Jeff Garis, Outreach Director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, emphasized the need to increase revenue to compensate for the projected revenue shortfall. "Deep cuts to critical human services, health care, and education loom in the 2014 budget as lawmakers attempt to bridge a $1.5 billion and growing funding gap." 

  • Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) held a press conference in the Capitol to introduce a package of bills detailing their effort to catalyze and incentivize high performance development and energy efficient manufacturing in Pennsylvania. The “Sustainable Development and Manufacturing Tax Credit Package” would establish a series of tax credits to encourage the business sector to invest in “green” development and manufacturing to lower energy consumption and stimulate job growth.
  • The 3D Printing Alliance held its 2014 expo in the Main Capitol Rotunda where manufacturers and educational institutions from around the state were on hand to display their work in the developing field of 3D printing.
  • State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center saying that the future of Pennsylvania’s billion dollar horse racing industry is in trouble and risks a catastrophic shutdown if measures are not taken to increase revenue and stop a diversion of racing funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.  


Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Still no movement on pension, liquor reform

Despite a second week of talks on pension reform, neither the House nor the Senate took action this week.

In the House, the hybrid plan being offered by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) still lacked the necessary votes after Wednesday’s caucus session.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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House to consider budget amendments Monday

House leadership said Wednesday amendments to the budget bill will be considered Monday, but whether or not that would include a comprehensive budget amendment remained unclear. 

Both the House and the Senate have adjourned for the week. As the June budget deadline looms, the General Assembly is scheduled to be session from Monday June 23 until the budget is passed.

“We are moving to move the bill to the floor on Monday for second [consideration] and then back into the committee. I have full intention of amending that vehicle for a floor vote,” said Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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