O'Brien passes away following heart attack

O'Brien passes away following heart attack

After numerous health battles, Rep. Michael O'Brien (D-Philadelphia) passed away of a heart attack early this morning. He was 64 years old.

Lawmakers remembered O'Brien as a passionate and conscientious lawmaker who stood up for his Old City district by winning education and development dollars as well as fighting for equality well before identity became a Democratic plank.
Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

After years of advocate energy and two bipartisan votes brought it to his desk, Friday evening Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill restructuring domestic abusers' access to firearms.

Previously, final PFA recipients had 60 days to hand over their firearms when required by a judge, and could hand them off to friends and family.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

A twisty, turvy House floor debate finally ended this week when the chamber approved a bill to let magisterial judges run for reelection without filing signatures.

The debate also made for some odd ideological bedfellows over the course of two votes to suspend the rules, a constitutional question and ultimately its final passage which moved 128-65. 61 Democrats joined with 67 Republicans in support, while 17 Democrats joined with 48 Republicans opposed.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

After reaching an agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, seven state insurers will now cover medication-assisted addiction treatment, using substances such as methadone, without prior authorization.

State cabinet members, including Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, said that the agreement will save people with substance abuse time normally spent checking with insurance companies to see if they’d cover a plan.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Gas industry leaders call for regulatory regime fixes

Gas industry leaders call for regulatory regime fixes

A new cabinet position and a commonwealth agency focused on energy production and coordination are on the agenda for state business leaders who want to expand Pennsylvania’s gas economy.

In a report released Thursday entitled “Forge the Future: Ideas for Actions,” industry leaders said that the state’s potential in gas economic growth – totaling $60 billion between production, energy generation and manufacturing - is threatened by poor business conditions in the state, from the nation high 9.99 corporate net income tax to slow permitting.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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