Capitol Quick Hits for 9.24.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.24.14

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

Rep. Thomas Killion (R- Delaware), along with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center today to support Rep. Killion’s legislation to provide more funding to the statewide Housing Trust Fund to address a shortage of rental homes and reduce homelessness. HB 2434 would provide the funding necessary to clean up blighted and abandoned properties and put these homes within a reach of low-wage workers and individuals on fixed incomes. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Gov. Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax authorization bill

VIDEO: Gov. Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax authorization bill

During the bill signing of HB 1177, Gov. Tom Corbett offered some remarks about how this legislation will impact the students of the Philadelphia school district. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Philly cigarette tax authorization, medical marijuana bills poised for final Senate vote

Bills authorizing an increased Philadelphia cigarette tax and the legalization of certain forms of medical marijuana were reported from Senate committees Tuesday, putting the bills in a position to be finally voted upon by the Senate.

The bill authorizing the cigarette tax was eventually passed by the Senate, the medical marijuana legislation is expected to be considered on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Organ donation law changes could draw “lively discussion” when bill reaches House

A bill allowing for greater availability of organ donations was passed by the Senate Tuesday and could potentially see a “lively discussion” when presented to the House, a Republican spokesperson said.

The bill, Senate Bill 850 sponsored by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), would make the organ donation process easier and ensure that a donor’s wishes are understood and carried out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.23.14

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

  • The Center for Rural Pennsylvania released a report on Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic in the Capitol Media Center this afternoon. Over the months of July and August, the bipartisan agency of the General Assembly convened a series of statewide public hearings to examine the increasing use of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction rates in rural Pennsylvania. The report provides recommendations and a foundation for addressing the growing epidemic.
  • Members of the Pennsylvania legislature’s Equality Caucus, Equality PA, and advocates gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda today to urge the immediate adoption of legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. SB 42, by Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny), and it’s companion legislation, HB 177, by Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), would extend Title 18 language under the ethnic intimidation clause to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.
  • Senate President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) welcomed the reopen of The State Capitol Welcome Center today following a renovation process. The Capitol Welcome Center is located on Concourse Level of the East Wing of the Capitol Complex. 

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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