Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana by a 88 to 10 margin.

Not surprisingly, legislators sponsoring proposals to legalize medical marijuana responded positively to the poll’s results.

“You can’t get much higher in a poll than 88 percent,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3, that chamber’s legalization proposal also sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). “These numbers are as close to unanimous as you get in politics.

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

A group of legislators are on a quest to end what they see as onerous prevailing wage requirements placed on public school construction projects.

Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has introduced House Bill 707, which would eliminate the requirement that union workers on public school construction projects exceeding $25,000 be paid the prevailing wage.

Rep. Topper led legislators and other supportive parties in a news conference Wednesday to support his bill.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 3.31.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.31.15

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

  • Penn State University held a “Rally in the Rotunda” event at the Capitol today to visit state lawmakers and ask to keep state funding for education affordable and accessible.
  • Stakeholders gathered at the Capitol today for the first “Speak Out for Healthy Kids Day” – an initiative promoting the importance physical activity and healthy habits in schools play in positive child development.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a public meeting to discuss the Constitutional Amendment on Tax-Exempt Properties and Purely Public Charities. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators agree to review casino owners’ proposals

Senators agree to review casino owners’ proposals

Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie), chairmen of the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee, responded Tuesday to a letter sent by ten Pennsylvania casino owners requesting the General Assembly consider certain proposals to help the industry remain competitive.

In a March 17, 2015, letter, the owners of Pennsylvania’s six Category 1 casino license holders and four Category 2 casino license holders called on the legislature to enact proposals that would, among other things, eliminate minimum staffing requirements, allow for 24-hour alcohol service, expedite slot machine placement, and provide for reinvestment tax credits.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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