Capitol Quick Hits for 6.16.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.16.15

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

  • The Arc Pennsylvania gathered in the Main Capitol Rotunda with people of disabilities, family members, friends, disability organizations and advocates to rally for support and funding for services that allow people with disabilities to live in their homes and communities.  
  • The Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Provider’s Network held their 6th annual PA Supports Sickle Cell Disease Advocacy Day in the Main Capitol Rotunda. PASCP highlighted their project, the Hydroxyurea Health Education, Access and Awareness Initiative, which has decreased the number of children and adults with sickle cell disease in PA by nearly 20% over the past two years.
  • Residents from across Pennsylvania and environmental organizations gathered in the Main Capitol Rotunda to urge the legislature to adopt the increased funding for clean energy and environmental programs in Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Liquor privatization precursor bill advanced by Senate committee

Liquor privatization precursor bill advanced by Senate committee

A bill some are saying is necessary to pass before a broader liquor privatization discussion moved through the Senate Law and Justice Committee Tuesday and now awaits action by the full chamber.

House Bill 189, introduced by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) would allow for the direct shipment of wine from wineries to Pennsylvania consumers. The bill passed the committee by a six to four party-line vote after being amended.

Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks), chairman of the committee, said the bill is a necessary precursor to liquor privatization discussions.

“This issue is kind of sticking out as an issue that needs to be addressed before we can get to it,” he said in response to questions about broader liquor privatization discussions. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Farina pushes for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Farina pushes for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

During a news conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda, Rep. Frank Farina (D-Lackawanna) and Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) introduced legislation they authored that would permit the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission to allow Sunday hunting in the Commonwealth. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Scarnati discusses latest in budget negotiations

VIDEO: Scarnati discusses latest in budget negotiations

President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joseph Scarnati talks with The PLS Reporter about the latest in budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Following Tuesday’s weekly budget meeting between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republican leadership, negotiators remained silent as to possible areas of potential agreement, but offered mixed reaction as to the progress of the ongoing negotiations surrounding the budget and related major pieces of legislation.

Tuesday’s discussions lasted about 30 minutes.

First out of the meeting to catch up with reporters was House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that talks are still progressing on the big issues.

“Certainly, sometimes these meetings are more going through an update on what staff has been meeting on in the working groups,” he said. “We’re still plowing ahead.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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