In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

Following the completion of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on recreational marijuana, lawmakers cautioned Monday in a joint House hearing that they would take their time in considering the impact legalization of the drug could have on Pennsylvania.

The House Health and Judiciary Committees heard from law enforcement, gun control advocates and gun owners about the effect of marijuana use, both medical and recreational, has on gun ownership. The matter is complicated, those testifying said, because of how federal and state laws conflict.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority

House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority

The House voted to Tuesday to approve a bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, though the measure earned far less bipartisan support than a similar proposal did last year.

HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion. Proponents point to several European countries, most notably Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

In the first step of what will likely continue to be a contentious debate, a House committee voted along party lines to approve a controversial bill that would prohibit abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion.  Proponents point to several European countries, most notable Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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