Capitol Quick Hits for 4.14.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.14.15

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

  • Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) was joined by the American Institute of Architects to announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Restoration Act. The Act will provide student debt relief to architecture students by offering student loan assistance to recent graduates who will help improve underserved areas of the state.
  • Students and supporters of The Commission for Community Colleges held a press conference to discuss their ongoing needs for funding, and to express their specific ask for an additional $15 million in the 2015-16 budget.
  • That National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter held its annual Legislative Advocacy Day. Hundreds of social work students and professionals visited with members of the General Assembly to discuss legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery.
  • The Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association hosted a Capitol Day to advocate for a budget that offers the support required by Pennsylvanians in need of adult and children’s mental health, brain injury, medical/vocational rehabilitation, intellectual and developmental disabilities , substance use, and autism services. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.13.15

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

  • Pharmacists and student pharmacists met in the Main Capitol Rotunda for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Day. They focused on the important role pharmacists play as medication experts and key legislative issues which include: the registration and transparency of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), fair pharmacy audits and expansion of pharmacist-provided immunization opportunities.
  • Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates convened on the steps of the Main Rotunda to promote Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a package of bills that cover issues such as pregnancy accommodations for working women, breastfeeding accommodations for nursing mothers, restoring patient trust in health care providers, and ending sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Human rights advocates and former PA state representative Jeff Coleman held a discussion in the Main Rotunda for Life Action Day on the impact of abortion on Pennsylvania’s communities, and to launch the website “AbortionisPersonal.org." The site is a resource for Pennsylvanians committed to understanding the true impact of abortion on women, their families and their communities.
  • Pennsylvania Women Work volunteers held an event to raise awareness about the New Choices program, an online resource helping women statewide to look for job training to further their careers.
  • The Historical Preservation Society of Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda following a resolution vote on the House Floor to designate 2015 The Year of the Pennsylvania Barn. 

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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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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Capitol Quick Hits for 3.23.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.23.15

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

  • A group of church leaders met in the Capitol Main Rotunda this morning to “Fast for Families,” a call to action of the legislature to fairly fund Pennsylvania’s public schools.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a conference call today to discuss an announcement he made in York regarding the findings of his latest municipal pension audit. He stated the community is heading in the wrong direction despite a booming stock market.
  • The Coalition for Sustainable Communities (CSC) held a conference call this afternoon to discuss Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s York Pension Audit and municipal pension reform. York City Mayor Kim Bracey said she was not surprised by the audit’s findings which showed that the funding ratios for the distressed fire and police pension plans have continued to decline. 

Monday, March 23, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pashinski declares March "Music in Our Schools Month"

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), along with Rep. Eddie Pashinski  (D-Luzerne) hosted a press conference in the Main Rotunda this morning to highlight “Music in Our schools Month.”  Music in Our Schools Month is a nationwide event sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and each day during the month there are performances by high school, middle school and elementary schools in both the East Wing and Capitol Rotundas. During the event, Rep. Pashinski read HR 44 designating the month of March 2015 as Music in Our Schools Month. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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