Amid harm reduction conversations, lawmaker pushes for needle exchanges to be legal statewide

Amid harm reduction conversations, lawmaker pushes for needle exchanges to be legal statewide

Legislators are once again pushing for needle and syringe exchanges to be made legal statewide, pointing to evidence that they could be beneficial in combating the state’s opioid crisis, amid a broader conversation taking place across the city of Philadelphia, the state and the nation over how best to address drug addiction.

The proposal, introduced last week by Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), is part of a harm reduction paradigm increasingly embraced by activists and health professionals. That model is designed to accept the reality of drug use in society and, instead of criminalizing it, instead aims to mitigate its negative consequences while putting users on a path to treatment. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

 In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would legalize syringe exchange programs in Pennsylvania, provide paid and unpaid leave for military spouses and tighten restrictions for smoking in public across the state.  
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) wants to give municipalities the option to implement ranked-choice voting in their local elections in this latest effort in election reform.

Earlier this month, Williams introduced a memorandum seeking co-sponsorship for legislation giving the option for ranked-choice local elections in order to “improve civic engagement and voter turnout in Pennsylvania’s municipal elections.”

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views

Legislators join activists in probation reform rally

Tuesday morning started with a big crowd of citizens and lawmakers filling the main rotunda’s staircase to draw attention to what they believe are onerous and harmful probation laws in Pennsylvania.
 
Members from both chambers and both parties showed support with FAMM, a national organization against mandatory minimums and the challenges created by punitive probationary rules. Joining the event was CNN commentator Van Jones, who has been involved with criminal justice reform efforts on his weekly program.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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