Capitol Quick Hits for 10.7.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.7.14

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

  • Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to bring awareness to further screen and provide health care to those who may be infected with hepatitis C, and to call on the Senate to join the House in unanimously passing HB 2003. HB 2003 would require medical providers and hospitals to offer hepatitis C screenings to those born between 1945 and 1965. 
  • Credit unions and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation sponsored a Financial Education Reality Fair in the Capitol East Wing Rotunda. The Reality Fair allows Harrisburg High School students to experience making financial decisions as if they were independent adults. 

  • The Pennsylvania Business Council Foundation announced the launch of Pennsylvania Scorecard, an online tool for measuring Pennsylvania’s business and economic performance, and submitted a report to the Senate Economy, Business and Jobs (EBJ) Caucus.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and State System Chancellor Frank Brogan held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to announce an ongoing performance audit of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and how the agency is complying with state and federal laws related to campus safety and sexual violence prevention.
  • Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga) held a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to urge the passage of HB 2471, legislation that would make oral anticancer drugs more affordable for patients. The bill has passed the House and now awaits approval in the Senate.
  • Music therapists from all over the Commonwealth gathered and in the East Wing Rotunda to celebrate October as Music Therapy Month.
  • The ride-sharing company Uber held a rally in the Main Rotunda to support uberX ridesharing and to urge lawmakers to pass regulations that would permit Uber to operate permanently in Pittsburgh, as well as in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, the Lehigh Valley, the Wyoming Valley, Reading, Erie, and Lancaster. 



Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Folmer discusses medical marijuana

VIDEO: Folmer discusses medical marijuana

With SB 1182 now out of the Senate, Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) provides some insight on the discussion in the House on his medical marijuana legislation. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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General Assembly to retain oversight of federal carbon emissions standards compliance proposals

A bill allowing for the General Assembly’s review of Pennsylvania’s response to new federal carbon emissions standards moved one step closer to final passage Monday.

House Bill 2354 would allow the General Assembly to review the Department of Environmental Protection’s implementation plan of new federal Environmental Protection Agency carbon emissions standards before the plan is submitted for approval.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.6.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.6.14

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

  • Gov. Tom Corbett joined members of the General Assembly and other advocates in the Main Capitol Rotunda to show support for HB 2533 and victims of crime. HB 2533 would provide for revictimization relief by adding that victim of a personal injury crime may bring a civil action against an offender in any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive and other appropriate relief. 

  • The Save a Life Now Pennsylvania Coalition held a rally in the Capitol Rotunda to urge the House to pass SB 850, legislation allowing for the greater availability of organ donations. John Green, Director of Community Relations for the Gift of Life Donor Program, explained that 8,500 people across Pennsylvania are waiting for an organ transplant and every 18 hours a person waiting for an organ dies.
  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) today was joined by advocates to announce the launch of the PBA’s 2014 public information campaign, which this year is titled “Have a Voice in Your Exceptional Child’s Education.” The campaign is directed to help parents better understand the rights of their disabled and gifted children.
  • The Campaign for Fair Education Funding kicked-off its efforts to develop a sustainable, predictable, and long-term funding method to ensure that every Pennsylvania child has access to quality education no matter where they live.
  • In light of National Fire Preparedness Week (October 6-13), the American Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania today launched a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aimed at heightening awareness for preventative and response measures to house fires.
  • Environmental groups and legislators including Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) gathered in the East Wing Rotunda today to urge the Senate to reject HB 1565, a bill that would revoke the existing stream buffer requirement.
  • The Philadelphia Chapter of NORML held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda to ask House leadership to bring SB 1182 up for a vote. SB 1182 would provide for the medical use of marijuana across the Commonwealth and was recently passed by the Senate. 

 

 

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pension reform’s last gasp?

Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), the main author of the oft-discussed hybrid pension reform plan, told The PLS Reporter Monday that he hopes ongoing discussions this week will lead to a vote on his pension reform plan by the end of session.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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