Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Just days after lawmakers unveiled legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, House Democrats are eyeing a workaround that could push the bill onto the House floor without a committee vote.

 

Following an informational hearing Monday on the Restore Pennsylvania legislation, House Democrats suggested they may file a discharge resolution on the floor that would allow the legislation to bypass the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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
Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

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 for proposals that address where inmates are counted in the drawing of legislative maps, regulations for the use of sewage sludge, and animal restrictions in Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force

Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force

A cadre of Democratic lawmakers announced Tuesday a push to re-examine the state’s use-of-force guidelines for law enforcement, weeks after a jury in Allegheny County acquitted an officer in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Antwon Rose. 

The effort is led by Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny), who represents the district where Rose was shot and killed by former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld during a traffic stop in 2018. 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wheatley proposes legalizing adult use cannabis

Wheatley proposes legalizing adult use cannabis

Legislators joined Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) Monday as he announced the introduction of House Bill 50, which would legalize adult use cannabis for those who are over the age of 21. 

The bill would allow for someone who is 21 or older to purchase cannabis and to possess up to six plants, only three of which could be mature at the same time.

Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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