Rotunda roundup: Anti-hazing, welfare work requirements and worker’s comp medication bills move forward this week

Rotunda roundup: Anti-hazing, welfare work requirements and worker’s comp medication bills move forward this week

It was a busy week in Harrisburg with both chambers in session, and so while a flurry of activity is expected, here are three bills that deserve a little extra attention:

Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

In January, the City of Philadelphia announced it will implement safe injection sites, also known as comprehensive user engagement sites (CUES), in an effort to limit the number of people who will likely die from overdosing on opioids. 

Since the announcement, several Democrats have not warmed up to the progressive plan. 
Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
New legislation debuted to change how opioids are prescribed

New legislation debuted to change how opioids are prescribed

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) recently introduced a bill that he hopes could help with the current opioid crisis by changing the way opioids are prescribed.
Thursday, April 5, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration while Costa presents new public health authority

Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration while Costa presents new public health authority

Citing a baker’s dozen of policy initiatives aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic, Governor Tom Wolf signed an extension of the state’s disaster declaration Wednesday. 

The governor was joined by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), who presented a bill to create a new public health emergency declaration separate from the governor’s constitutional right to declare a disaster. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny) introduced two bills last week that would combat the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth. 

The first bill, House Bill 2200, requires state agencies to report all efforts they take to implement laws regarding addiction. This information would be used to create a report submitted to the Department of State.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Opioids
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