Rep. Frankel leads the charge on legislative action against hate-crimes in Pennsylvania

Rep. Frankel leads the charge on legislative action against hate-crimes in Pennsylvania

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill), along with House colleagues and faith leaders held a news conference Monday morning in Pittsburgh to discuss the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and to call for legislative action on House Bill 505 and/or Senate Bill 96, also known as the Fairness Act.  


“No group was left untouched in Charlottesville, said Frankel. “It was racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim, it was anti-LGBT, anti- anything you can think of was found in that demonstration. While we saw a comprehensive expression of hate, we want a comprehensive reaction to it. And one of the ways to do that is to finally address hate crimes in Pennsylvania in a comprehensive way.”  

Monday, August 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators discuss bills to increase voter registration

Legislators discuss bills to increase voter registration

A bicameral group of legislators gathered together Tuesday to discuss legislation they hope helps to promote the ongoing dialogue for easier access to voting and voter registration in Pennsylvania.

The Democratic group of Senators and Representatives noted their concerns, for the last four years, with the lack of movement in addressing voting problems in the commonwealth, but continued that discussion today by speaking of key legislation that tackles the issue at hand.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

In an effort to tackle the issue of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opiate addicted mothers, Gov. Tom Wolf, along with local government and hospital officials, toured and hosted a roundtable discussion at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh on Friday to learn best practices on how the administration can continue to fight the opioid epidemic. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Gov. Wolf: “It’s time, it seems to me, to reduce the severity of the crime of holding a small amount of marijuana”

Gov. Wolf: “It’s time, it seems to me, to reduce the severity of the crime of holding a small amount of marijuana”

Coming on the heels of State College recently joining Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, Gov. Tom Wolf in two different radio appearances Monday said small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized statewide.

 

“I ran on that back in 2014, calling for the decriminalization of recreational marijuana [and] the legalization of medical marijuana,” he said on an appearance on 1020 AM KDKA radio’s afternoon news program. “I have been consistent in calling for the decriminalization.”

Monday, August 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Star power added to Pennsylvania medical marijuana saga

Star power added to Pennsylvania medical marijuana saga

At first it was the Mama Bears—Thursday it was Montel—as the one-time daytime talk show host came to the Capitol Rotunda to call on lawmakers to enact medical marijuana legalization legislation this session.

Montel Williams addressed by name Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga), who chairs the House Health Committee where a Senate-passed legalization bill sits, and urged him to move the bill from committee.

Rep. Baker has said he will not bring the bill up for a vote in his committee due to his opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana without further study.

“Politics is the only reason this bill has been held up,” Williams said, calling upon Rep. Baker to do “real research” on the subject of the medical benefits of marijuana.

Thursday, June 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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