Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

The Committee of Public Safety recommended an ordinance and a resolution to Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday. The former alters language on marijuana penalties in the city and individual conduct, while the latter seeks to further study the effects of “banning the box” on job applications and expand it to college applications.

The marijuana ordinance affirms the city’s position since the decriminalization of the substance was signed into law in 2014. The city also banned employers from asking about criminal backgrounds in job applications in 2016.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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Legislators push for health insurers to be required to cover pre-existing conditions

Legislators push for health insurers to be required to cover pre-existing conditions

Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) and Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) today discussed their legislation that would prevent health insurers from denying coverage to people based on pre-existing conditions.

Schweyer has introduced House Bill 2552 while Hughes has introduced Senate Bill 958 in their respective chambers.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Members speak on the passing of Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich

Members speak on the passing of Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich

Members of the House of Representatives spoke to The PLS Reporter following the death this morning of their colleague, Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna).
Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Scarnati: “The only oath that we take around here is to uphold the constitution"

Scarnati: “The only oath that we take around here is to uphold the constitution"

After Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) came forward on Friday with a proposal from the Senate that didn’t include the civil window, questions arose about whether or not Senate Bill 261 would pass this session.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) on Tuesday afternoon stated that, “It’s been my goal all along to get a product out of here and over to the House before we leave on Wednesday.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Kavulich dies following surgery complications, age 62

Kavulich dies following surgery complications, age 62

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) passed away Tuesday from complications from heart surgery. He had been hospitalized earlier this month.

Lawmakers remembered him as someone who never let Harrisburg change a welcoming personality much, and for pristine health before the surgery.

His passing is also the second in as many days, third in the last three months, and fourth of the session to afflict the Democratic caucus.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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