Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today. 

  • ABATE (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Pennsylvania sponsored a Motorcyclist Rights Rally in the Main Rotunda . Over 100 riders flocked to the Capitol to voice their support of “Freedom of Choice” in the use of helmets for trained and experienced riders. 
  • Farmers, restaurateurs, and food advocates joined lawmakers supporting Pennsylvania’s legislation to label genetically engineered food, or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) is the prime sponsor of SB 653 and said, “To be clear, my bill does not ban GMOs. It just gives consumers more information to make better choices.” 

 

Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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CAPITOL CROWD: Clancy Myer, House Parliamentarian

CAPITOL CROWD: Clancy Myer, House Parliamentarian

The PLS Reporter joined House Parliamentarian Clancy Myer at the Speaker's Rostrum to discuss his career path to the Capitol, his favorite moments in the House Chamber, and what he likes to do in his spare time. 

Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.29.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.29.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • A group of Government reformers gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda to call for a gift ban for public officials. Former DEP Secretary John Hanger, Gene Stilp, and Tim Potts released a report that documents the influence of gifts over Gov. Tom Corbett. Stilp also noted that he has filed a formal complaint against the governor with the States Ethics Commission. 

  • Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) was joined by a group of environmental advocates in the Capitol Media Center to condemn Gov. Corbett’s Executive Order lifting the moratorium on natural gas drilling leases in state parks and forests. Joanne Kilgour, Director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, said that the administration’s assertion that these action will help to protect state lands is incorrect and the actions will “sacrifice” areas intended for natural preservation and recreation. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.28.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.28.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The advocacy group “Lucha Pro Licencias” held a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to fight for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. A group of undocumented Pennsylvanians lined the Rotunda steps to give their testimony about how a driver’s license would provide greater opportunity for work and support for their families. They were joined by Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) to support HB 1648, which would allow those individuals to apply for a driver’s license with their taxpayer identification number instead of a Social Security Number.  

  • Education, labor, and human services groups gathered together in the Main Capitol Rotunda to call upon Gov. Corbett and the General Assembly to take a more balanced approach to the state’s budget. The groups urged lawmakers to adopt a severance tax on natural gas drilling to generate new revenue instead of making funding cuts to education, health care, and other critical services. 

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.27.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.27.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Rock the Capital and the Pennsylvania Accountability Project, along with other groups, held a press conference in the Capitol Main Rotunda calling on the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett to enact legislation banning all gifts and gratuities for all branches of state government. 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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