Prescription drug monitoring legislation leaves long road behind it

Bills allowing for the monitoring of prescription drugs by pharmacists and physicians have been floating around the General Assembly for more than a year, but the effort to bring them to what will be a likely conclusion this session has lasted well over a decade.

The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 1180 introduced by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), was moved out of the House Health Committee last week after months of legislative wrangling over competing versions of the legislation in either chamber.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.1.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.1.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition kicked off breast cancer awareness month by coloring the Capitol East Wing Fountain pink today. The PBCC was joined by the Secretary of Human Services Bev Mackereth and Secretary of General Services Sheri Phillips, along with Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin), to remind all women of the importance of good breast health and the need for annual mammograms.
  • The government watchdog organization Rock the Capital held an event in the Main Capitol Rotunda today to set up an anonymous post office box in Harrisburg to collect complaints concerning the misuse of government computer systems for sexually explicit communications and other non-governmental uses. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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A LOOK BACK with Rep. Nick Micozzie (R-Delaware)

A LOOK BACK with Rep. Nick Micozzie (R-Delaware)

Rep. Nicholas Micozzie (R-Delaware) reflects back on his time in the General Assembly and discusses his plans for his retirement at the end of session. 

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.30.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.30.14

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

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank held their Can Hunger event on the Capitol steps today as part of September's Hunger Action Month activities. The goal of the event was to collect more than a ton of canned goods, and lining Harrisburg's State Street and up the step's of the Capitol, with the donations. Local businesses, organizations, and individual's were encouraged to make the donations between noon and 4pm.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Municipal police regionalization is supported, but not without incentives

Following the release of a report last week by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on municipal police regionalization, those involved in the legislature and municipal government say there is support for increased regionalization, but not without significant incentives.

Currently, all Pennsylvania municipalities are allowed to have local police departments, but only Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton are required to provide police services.

The number of municipalities providing their own full-time police services has decreased in recent years.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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