House medical marijuana gambit may be up in smoke

Friday, Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) announced his intention to offer an amendment to a bill during Tuesday’s voting session that would provide for the legalization for medical marijuana. His proposal is identical to a proposal that recently passed the Senate.

As the situation developed Monday, it appears the attempt to offer the amendment might be up in smoke.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Leach gives response to medical marijuana amendment offered by Rep. Gainey

VIDEO: Leach gives response to medical marijuana amendment offered by Rep. Gainey

Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) offers his support  for Rep. Ed Gainey's (D-Allegheny) plan to offer an amendment to SB 405 to provide for the medical use of marijuana. It is scheduled to be considered by the House on Tuesday. 

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Erickson discusses his opposition to HB 2354

VIDEO: Erickson discusses his opposition to HB 2354

During Monday's Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meeting, Sen. Ted Erickson (R-Delaware) discussed his opposition to a bill that would require the DEP to receive approval from the  General Assembly for a State plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions for existing sources prior to submitting the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.   

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Property taxes are disliked, but are not high, report says

A report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Centers concludes that while property taxes are disliked, they are not high.

The report entitled Reform Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools, examined property taxes  in all 500 Pennsylvania school districts and concluded the number of districts where property taxes are high—defined as more than four percent of taxable income—is relatively low, requiring a targeted, not sweeping approach.

Thursday, October 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Prescription drug monitoring legislation leaves long road behind it

Bills allowing for the monitoring of prescription drugs by pharmacists and physicians have been floating around the General Assembly for more than a year, but the effort to bring them to what will be a likely conclusion this session has lasted well over a decade.

The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 1180 introduced by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), was moved out of the House Health Committee last week after months of legislative wrangling over competing versions of the legislation in either chamber.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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