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What should Pennsylvania be doing to address Climate Change?

From: Rep. Greg Vitali Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:30 PM Subject: What should Pennsylvania be doing to address Climate Change? What should Pennsylvania be doing to address Climate Change? House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing Monday, Dec. 16 On Monday, Dec. 16, the House Democratic Policy Committee will conduct a hearing in Harrisburg (Minority Caucus […]

Bill won’t limit religious liberty

by Dan Frankel,, 8/27/13 As the prime sponsor of House Bill 300, which will extend protection from discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians, I feel compelled to explain why protecting people’s rights doesn’t infringe on religious liberty. My bill does not limit freedom of religion any more than allowing people of […]

Pennsylvania Legislature Breaks Silence on Gun Laws

CeaseFirePA, 7/17/13 HARRISBURG, PA- Today the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the firearm background check system. The committee heard testimony from state police, mayors, CeaseFirePA and the mother of a little boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. While this hearing was not about specific legislation, CeaseFirePA focused […]

Gay-marriage ruling sparks a bitter fight in Pa. House

by Amy Worden, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage have sparked a bitter dispute on the Pennsylvania House floor over the last two days. On Wednesday, State Rep. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), who last fall became the first openly gay candidate to win a seat in the House, […]

10 wacky state House boundaries in Pennsylvania

Lancaster Online, 5/12/13 Hey, is that an Elvis wig? Earlier this week, the state Supreme Court upheld a revised plan to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s legislative districts, ruling that a panel’s new plan is constitutional. The court’s unanimous ruling Wednesday came after it initially rejected a map drawn by a five-member commission of top […]

Pa. legislators propose budget with more for themselves

editorial, Pottstown Mercury, 6/5/13 The calendar has turned a page into the last 30 days of the Pennsylvania fiscal year, and budget negotiations in the state Legislature are beginning in earnest. The process of ironing out the 2013-14 state budget started in February with a $28.4 billion proposal introduced by Gov. Tom Corbett. Now, four […]

Where’d he get the gun?

CeaseFirePA, 4/23/13 Last Thursday, in Bucks County, PA, a man with an active protective from abuse order against him killed his wife and shot a police officer with a rifle. How did this man get a gun? Currently, in Pennsylvania, you can buy rifles and other long guns in a private sale — that is […]

Gov. Corbett must show leadership on climate change

letter, Daily Local News, 12/29/12 The World Meteorological Organization recently reported that an area of arctic ice bigger than the United States melted this year. This prompted WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud to state: “Climate change is taking place before our eyes …” This is just the latest in a stream of increasingly dire climate change […]

It’s time to add mental-health data to gun database

Editorial, Daily News, December 19, 2012 IF YOU HAVE BEEN convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania and travel to another state to buy a gun, odds are your application will be denied. There’s a federal computer database called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. State and local police, the ones who most […]

My take on the area legislative races

by Mike McGann, Unionville Times, November 3, 2012 Is competency more important that ideology? I think so. …here’s who I’d vote for this Tuesday if they appeared on my ballot. State Representative… read his own choices at Unionville Times