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:
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, February 28, 2012
A recap of Monday night's board meeting.
At Monday night's board of education meeting, the Spring-Ford Area School District heard committee reports from finance and property. Board President Tom DiBello gave his report on the finance committee meeting, which was held on Feb. 23. At the meeting, a bulk of the time was spent discussing the 2012-13 budget. The board originally approved a preliminary budget of about $130 million back in December. DiBello reported on Monday that the finance committee was able to shave off between $1.5 and $2.3 million, which puts the budget somewhere between $127 and $128 million. DiBello said that number will probably go down more as the committee proceeds. "That’s just the first meeting," DiBello said. "We still have several more review sessions …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Investigations on the budget work for education in Harrisburg.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The following excepts come from Evan Brandt of The Pottstown Mercury: Corbett budget leaves poor schools with less, rich with more Looking at the total funding received from the state, the analysis shows that, like last year’s budget, poorer districts in the Pottstown tri-county area would receive less money than they did the year before under Corbett’s plan, while wealthier districts would see an increase. The analysis, which was provided to The Mercury by state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., shows that five area districts — Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Boyertown, Daniel Boone and Upper Perkiomen — will receive less than the year before under Corbett’s budget. Receiving an increase under the funding proposal are Spring-Ford, Owen J. Roberts, …