Child sex abuse statute of limitations extension bill clears Senate committee without retroactivity component

Child sex abuse statute of limitations extension bill clears Senate committee without retroactivity component

The Senate Judiciary committee met Tuesday morning to vote on House Bill 1947 which would amend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases.

The committee was chaired by Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) because of a recusal from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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PA working to swiftly implement temporary medical marijuana regulations

PA working to swiftly implement temporary medical marijuana regulations

Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy Wednesday announced her department has begun the implementation phase of setting up the legal use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Act 16 of 2016, the legislation legalizing medical marijuana, was signed into law just ten weeks ago and became effective just two weeks ago.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law

Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law

With the final vote in the House Wednesday coming in at 149 in favor and 46 opposed, legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is set to become law.

Before the final vote, legislative leaders commented on the journey that got the bill to where it is.

“It has been a long process, a lot of folks have worked very hard on it,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Sen. Folmer started the process a number of years ago and deserves a lot of credit for moving Pennsylvania forward on this issue. We’ve had a lot of members in the House—Rep. Cox, Rep. Gainey, Rep. Regan—who have worked very hard as well as Chairman Marsico and Chairman Petrarca.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Proposals to reduce the size of the legislature will get “serious consideration”

Proposals to reduce the size of the legislature will get “serious consideration”

The Senate began steps Wednesday to advance proposals that would reduce the size of the General Assembly.

According to a Senate Republican spokesperson, the proposals are under serious consideration in the chamber.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Education funding debate highlighted budget’s first Senate step

Education funding debate highlighted budget’s first Senate step

The first step for the Senate in the continued movement of a Republican crafted FY 2015-2016 spending plan saw the legislation move out of the Senate Appropriations Committee along a straight party-line vote Sunday evening.

However, the committee action was permeated with debate over education funding after committee Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) offered an amendment to fund education at the level proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

It was the second of three amendments Sen. Hughes offered to the budget bill.

“To say that the education investment proposal in House Bill 1192 is reflective of the needs and concerns of the people of the Commonwealth really does not make sense,” he said. “It shows folks are out of touch with what’s going on in the community.”

Sunday, June 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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