Thursday, January 3, 2013
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to legalize marijuana in the Keystone State. What do you think about that idea?
Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County plans to sponsor two bills to legalize marijuana in 2013, according to a WFMZ report. Voters in two states – Colorado and Washington – approved new measures legalizing pot in the November general election. Is it time for the Keystone State to move in that direction? Vote in our poll and add your comments below. For the two sessions in a row, Leach introduced medical marijuana bills in the Pennsylvania Senate, but neither of these bills received a vote, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Sen. Leach was joined this past session by three other senators as co-sponsors – Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheney/Westmoreland/Armstrong) and Wayne Fontana (D-…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Laws impact fines for underage drinking, reporting child abuse, animal euthanasia, simplifying voting rules for servicemen and women, and more.
According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, new Pennsylvania laws taking effect in 2013 include:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
'Trips by Train' designed to increase interest in train service.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Information from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is partnering with Amtrak on "PA Trips By Train," an initiative designed to increase interest in the Keystone train service between Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and to promote an alternate travel option for visiting popular events and destinations. As part of the excursions packages, customers can purchase discounted train tickets from Amtrak and receive a pass for transportation from the train station to the excursion destination. The initiative begins this month with an overnight excursion to Christmas in Hershey, with Hershey providing ground transportation to and from the Elizabethtown train station. Planned future …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The state legislature passed a bill to allow red light cameras in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties.
According to a release issued by AAA MId-Atlantic, the Pennsylvania legislature is wrapping up its session with a bill to allow red light cameras in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Pittsburgh. House Bill 254 passed handily in the state Senate on Friday, June 29, with 34 yeas and only 15 nays and if signed into law by Gov. Corbett, would reauthorize the red light camera program in Philadelphia through July 2017, but would also allow for the cameras to be used in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties as well as Pittsburgh. Municipalities eligible for the red light cameras would have to exceed 20,000 residents and have full-time police forces accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. That makes Upper Dublin …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Lansdale Borough Council will lobby Harrisburg to prevent a proposed name change by Towamencin Township of the Lansdale Pennsylvania Turnpike exit from Lansdale to Kulpsville
Towamencin Township Supervisors plan to ask the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to change the name of the Lansdale interchange of Interstate 476 to Kulpsville. Lansdale Borough says not so fast. According to The Reporter Online, Towamencin Township Supervisors Chairman Dan Littley said supervisors expect the PTC to agree with the request and revert the name back to Kulpsville as it was up until the late 1970s. Littley was quoted in The Reporter as such: “Too many officials come to this community and welcome everyone to Lansdale. We are not Lansdale.” At the June 20 Lansdale Borough Council meeting, councilman Jack Hansen proposed a vote for the borough to lobby Harrisburg to prevent the name change. Council then voted unanimously to do …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
"Not only is it a tax, but it may turn out to be one of the largest tax increases in the history of our nation," said Corbett.
Pennsylvania Independent, a public interest journalism project dedicated to open, transparent, and accountable state government, posted to their YouTube channel, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's remarks today in response to the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Corbett noted his record opposing the act and assured citizens that his administration would continue to "analyze the decision." "It is a tax on our citizens that they cannot afford," said Corbett. "It is not good law. It is not good policy." Corbett conceded that the country was in need of healthcare reform, but asserted that such reforms should come from the individual states. "I think we can all agree there are Pennsylvanians who …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Berks County state Rep. Jim Cox's bill would fund school districts with earned income and sales tax increases and new taxes on food, clothing, TV and air transportation.
Several media outlets are reporting on state Rep. Jim Cox (R-129th District – Berks County) and his HB 1776 – the "Property Tax Independence Act." Hundreds of supporters of the proposed bill descended on Harrisburg last Monday to rally "for change to keep the American dream alive across the commonwealth," attendees told WFMZ TV in Allentown. Cox recently visited The Times Herald to talk about the bill which he says will raise $5 billion by increasing the earned income tax from 3.07% to 4% and the state sales tax to 7%. He said the state would bring in an additional $4.6 billion by adding new taxes on food, clothing, TV and air transportation. Pennsylvania allocated over $10 billion for education in the 2010-2011 budget. "We’re well on our…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Three dozen students sang out with holiday cheer.
Politicians and residents milling about Harrisburg in late December had an extra dose of holiday cheer this year, after the Jarrettown Elementary School Show Choir performed on the steps of the state capitol building. 37 fourth and fifth-grade students made the trip on December 21, after the choir's instructor, teacher Brian Stoudt, organized the trip with the office of state representative Tom Murt (R-152). "We worked in conjunction with [Rep. Murt], and he and his office were able to get this up and running," said Stoudt. "Representative Murt was able to meet us at the bus and accompany us through the morning." Stoudt says that before the students' big performance, they were treated to a tour of the building and some instruction from …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
"No need to stock up," said Accuweather.com meteorologist
The rain-snow mix headed our way overnight won't be much of anything for residents in the Philadelphia region. "It's not going to be too much," said Accuweather.com meteorologist Mike Pigott. "I do think eventually that the rain, which will be heavy at times this evening, will mix with a little bit of snow late tonight." He said the rain-to-snow crossover will occur in the North Penn area around midnight to 1 a.m. "In terms of actual accumulation, a coating to maybe an inch on grassy surfaces. On paved surfaces, you will not see much at all - very little to no accumulation," Pigott said. Almost the entire state will see a rain-to-snow event. "Right now, it's more the backside of rain ending as snow," Pigott said. "Some areas out toward …