MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION URGED AT MONDAY RALLY

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION URGED AT MONDAY RALLY

Some call it cannabis, some call it marijuana, some call it a gateway drug, while others call it a natural resource that has numerous health benefits. No matter what you call it, organizers of a rally that packed the Capitol’s Main Rotunda Monday morning called for it to be legalized.

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Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

FOLLOW UP: DRUG COURTS AND THE HEROIN CRISIS

As advertised, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections held its hearing on how drug courts relate to Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis.

During the hearing, subcommittee members heard from a panel of judges, drug court graduates, and legal professionals on how drug courts have lowered recidivism, provided treatment options, and turned around the lives of those who enter drug court programs.

The committee also heard different perspectives about how the heroin crisis got so bad and the need to combat the problem on the front end through education and prevention, and not just through back end rehabilitation.

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Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

OF PENSIONS AND PLANS

It’s a rule as old as budgets themselves: Tough fiscal situations mean tough spending decisions. This year is no different. With the Commonwealth and school districts entering another tough budget year, debate over public pensions and how they relate to General Fund obligations has once again garnered center stage.

As announced in his 2014-2015 budget address, Gov. Tom Corbett has assumed coming fiscal year pension savings of $170 million for the state and $131 million for school districts in balancing his proposed budget.

To date, no pension reform legislation has been introduced following the governor’s budget address. Here’s a look at the most talked about pension reform concepts and where the debate might take any possible legislation as the June 30 budget deadline approaches.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features

ISSUE PREVIEW: DRUG COURTS AND THE HEROIN CRISIS

Over the course of the past year, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings across Pennsylvania learning about how the heroin epidemic facing Pennsylvania communities can and should be addressed.

On Monday, the fourth such hearing will be held by the committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections and will give the members the opportunity learn about drug courts, see the impact the courts have made, and to determine their effectiveness.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

ISSUE PREVIEW: HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON OLMSTEAD DECISION

The Olmstead decision rendered by the US Supreme Court in 1999, which found holding an individual with disabilities in an institution without justification to be violative of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), presented a variety of implications for patients and care providers in Pennsylvania. On Monday, the House Human Services committee will hold a public hearing on the Olmstead ruling and its impact on care for the intellectually disabled in the commonwealth.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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