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Week of March 2, 2015
Senate State Government Committee Meeting
Senate State Government Committee reported the following bills to the full
Senate Bill 266 – (11-0) Franklin County land conveyance;
Senate Bill 500 – (6-5) proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit
government entities and school districts from making payroll collections of
dues, fees and political contributions and
Senate Bill 501 – (6-5) “Mary’s Law” to protect public employees and
taxpayers (both forms of “paycheck protection”).
Taxpayer Protection Act
On Monday, February 23, I officially reintroduced my “Taxpayer Protection
Senate Bill 7. This legislation would limit – not reduce – the growth of
Senator Camera Bartolotta introduced companion legislation,
Senate Bill 70, the Taxpayer Protection Constitutional Amendment.
The press conference in support of this much needed legislation and long
overdue reforms can be viewed
Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 3
Senate State Government Committee held a public hearing on my and
Senate Bill 3 to allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in
Pennsylvania. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss possible amendments to
the bill, including Real-Time Registry; research supporting expansion of the
list of diseases; and best methods of delivery for patients using medical
cannabis. A video of the full hearing can be viewed
here, and list of
testifiers and submitted written testimony
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph.D., CEO and CVO, The
Werc Shop, Inc.; Dr. Colleen Barry, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health; Dr. Thomas Trite, P.D., CEO, Continuing Care Rx, Inc.;
Dr. Jack D’Angelo; and Josh Stanley, Medical Cannabis Educator.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 316, to provide openness, transparency, and more accountability
in the award of state sole-source/no-bid and emergency contracts;
Senate Bill 9 – (40-8) Proof of Citizenship for Receipt of Public Benefits
Senate Bill 166 – expands expungement of criminal history records;
Senate Bill 179 – Hotel Law consolidation;
Senate Bill 293 – (30-19) requires Health Exchange “Navigators”
certifications from the Insurance Department and criminal background checks.
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