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
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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
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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
5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From abortion to rural broadband, here are five bills to watch for the week of May 6.
Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators weigh how best to tackle vaping's continued popularity with Pennsylvania teens

Legislators weigh how best to tackle vaping's continued popularity with Pennsylvania teens

With the use of e-cigarette products on the rise in Pennsylvania schools, lawmakers are exploring a variety of options to cut down on teens vaping in the boys room.

Mirroring a national trend, more Pennsylvania teenagers are using e-cigarettes, vapes and JUULs than traditional tobacco products. According to the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, carried out by the Commission of Crime and Delinquency, 16.3 percent of Pennsylvania high school students surveyed reported using e-cigarettes in the prior month, compared with only 5.6 percent who reported using tobacco cigarettes. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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