Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

By a wide bipartisan margin, the House Judiciary Committee advanced today legislation cutting back on punishments for marijuana possession.

The bill, Rep. Barry Jozwiak’s (R-Berks) HB 928, limits the first two penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to summary offenses with no jail time and a maximum $300 fine.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Saccone expresses disappointment after bill to reduce legislature size fails to be brought up for vote

Saccone expresses disappointment after bill to reduce legislature size fails to be brought up for vote

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) spoke with The PLS Reporter after House Bill 153 failed to be brought up. 

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill), reduces the size of the PA House of Representatives from 203 members to 151 members.

Saccone stated that the bill was amended in the Rules Committee to include the Senate which he believes will now kill the bill. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Legislative leaders have, after months of stalled efforts and with fifty days to the election, started pushing big changes to state government.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Baer, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that during the run-up to sine die, he wants to prioritize congressional redistricting reform and shrinking the size of the state legislature before the November general election, perhaps even adding session days.

This follows up on Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) officially releasing his bill to open primaries last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

From reversing the city’s soda tax, to overriding Philadelphia’s sick leave policy and overturning a bulletproof glass ban for the city’s “stop and gos”, the city’s laws have been in the House’s sights.

Now, Philadelphia may get another pre-emption, as Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) wants to ban all safe injection sites in the commonwealth.

“Being in favor of this treatment is completely crazy,” Knowles said. “You’re going to have someone oversee someone use illegal drugs? It’s against the law. What about the liability of people administering the drugs?”

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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