Capitol Quick Hits for 3.2.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.2.15

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

  • Environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment released a report this morning which found that nearly four million Pennsylvanians live within the potential evacuation zone for an oil train accident. The report cites predictions that over the next two decades trains carrying crude oil or ethanol may derail ten times each year.
  • Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) held a press conference today to announce that they will introduce legislation to end philosophical immunizations exemptions in Pennsylvania. Rep. Corbin emphasized the effectiveness of vaccines to eradicate polio and explained that vaccines must be widely distributed in order to work effectively.
  • Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Dr. Suess’s “The Cat in the Hat” teamed up today in the Capitol Main Rotunda to celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. Rep. Adolph read Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to a group of local preschoolers from Hansel & Gretel Early Learning Center.
  • The York County Convention and Visitors Bureau was joined by the York County Delegation for a press conference in the East Wing Main Rotunda this morning to highlight York County tourist attractions and to support legislation that would allow counties to increase the hotel tax.
  • The Pocono Raceway held a press conference this afternoon to announce that it will be offering a ten percent discount for first responders through its existing partnership with ID.me. 

Monday, March 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators seek to change laws protecting pedophiles

Legislators seek to change laws protecting pedophiles

Seeking to end what they call state-sanctioned protection for perpetrators of child sexual abuse, a group of lawmakers has introduced legislation to reform Pennsylvania’s civil and criminal statute of limitations on when victims can bring such claims forward.

“[Statute of limitations] reform is what will level the playing field for victims of sexual abuse,” said Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), who has introduced House Bill 661, which extends the civil statute of limitations from 30 to 50 years for adult victims of child sexual abuse to bring a claim against their perpetrator.

Monday, March 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House-passed liquor bill likely to change

House-passed liquor bill likely to change

After over five hours of debate, the House—as expected—passed its version of a liquor privatization proposal by a 114 to 87 vote Thursday afternoon.

The proposal is largely the same measure that passed that chamber last session, but languished in the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee without reaching then-Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.

Despite the passage of House Bill 466, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) seemed resigned to calling the legislation just a starting point.

Thursday, February 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15

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

Hundreds of people representing labor unions and advocacy groups from across the Commonwealth conducted a rally in the Main Capitol Rotunda today demanding “a fair state budget that creates jobs and healthy communities.”  The speakers of the group focused on the governor and the General Assembly to expand Medicaid, properly fund community services, increase funding for public education, raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour, Marcellus Shale severance tax, and oppose privatization of the state’s wine and spirits stores. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Supporters of Senate Bill 3—the current Senate proposal to legalize medical marijuana—gathered in the East Wing Wednesday to rally support behind the proposal.

Legislation co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) called for legislators to put politics aside in passing the legislation.

“Put the petty politics aside and move this forward,” he said to House members who opposed similar legislation last session. “We want to get a bill on the governor’s desk by May so we can get sick people the medicine they need this year, because if we don’t do that we are shirking our responsibility.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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