The pressure is on Pa. as neighboring states legalize recreational cannabis
Here's what a move to greener pastures might look like.
Pa. Senate bill would authorize sale of medical marijuana edibles | Monday Morning Coffee
Twenty-five other states with medical marijuana laws already allow the sale of edibles, Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, said.
Dems, Republicans team up for bipartisan home improvement bill
The bill would allow homeowners or landlords to apply for up to $50K in state assistance to repair their homes.
Pa. Senate committee takes up legalizing adult-use cannabis in initial legislative hearing
The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold another hearing on adult-use cannabis within the next month.
With a proposed ban in N.Y., Erie lawmaker invites National Fuel Gas to relocate to Pa.
Work to draft a formal invitation from the Erie delegation to National Fuel Gas is ongoing.
At Christmas, Wolf, allies call on Legislature to hike minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee
(A scheduling note: This newsletter will be off until 1/3/2022 for a holiday break. From all of us at the Capital-Star, our best wishes for a happy holiday and peaceful New Year.) Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With more than two-dozen states set to hike their minimum wage in 2022, the Democratic Wolf administration is urging the […]
Pa. lawmakers ready bipartisan home-grow bill for medical marijuana users | Friday Morning Coffee
Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Two Pennsylvania lawmakers who already were leading the push for legalized recreational marijuana are expanding that crusade with a long-sought bill that would allow medical marijuana users to grow their own cannabis at home. In a Thursday memo seeking co-sponsors for their proposal, Sens. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, and Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, will address disparities in […]
Democrats, GOP lawmakers in Pa., elsewhere push back against partisan election reviews
Inspired by former President Donald Trump’s baseless accusation of widespread voter fraud, the inquiries are taking place in two states won by President Joe Biden. They come as the similarly partisan review wraps up in Arizona, where investigators chased conspiracy theories and accepted millions of dollars from Trump allies.
GOP 2022 gubernatorial hopefuls spar over Pa. vote by-mail law
In the lead up to the 2022 governor’s race, some Pennsylvania Republican hopefuls are reaching for a new way to question conservative credentials — did their rival vote to approve no-excuse mail-in ballots?
Amid inflation and staffing shortages, is now the time for Pa.’s minimum wage to increase?
Despite years of lobbying by low-wage workers and their advocates, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has stalled at the federal level, $7.25 an hour, for over a decade. But with a faltering economic recovery caused by the surge of COVID-19 delta variant cases, ongoing labor shortages across Pennsylvania and troubling signs of inflation, is now finally the […]
Pa. Sen. Laughlin: Forensic probe of 2020 election will ‘further paranoid atmospherics’ | Opinion
If two sides want to fight over a year-old election, I advise them to take it outside. We have real work to do in the Capitol.
The pandemic changed a lot. But not the partisan debate over paid leave | Thursday Morning Coffee
Just 14 states and Washington D.C. now mandate paid leave. Democratic bills in the Pa. House and Senate seek to change that.