Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, June 26, 2023

June 26, 2023


State Senate Considers Legislation to Give State Regulators More Control Over Construction of Carbon Capture Wells

The State Senate is considering legislation that would allow state regulators to decide where to place large carbon capture and storage wells, potentially giving the commonwealth more control in its quest to build federally funded “hydrogen hubs.” Spotlight PA has more.

In Post-Dobbs Decision World, Pennsylvania Clinicians Demand Changes to State Law

Last week marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its controversial Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which created in its wake a patchwork system wherein the legal status of reproductive rights varies from state to state. In light of this anniversary, many Pennsylvania clinicians are now calling for a revision to state law, which currently only allows physicians to perform abortions. WHYY has more.

Pennsylvania ACLU Sues Berks County Court System Over Alleged Medical Marijuana Discrimination Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania is suing the Berks County court system, alleging that its policies that keep individuals who use medical marijuana out of court-run treatment programs violate state law. WITF has more.

Cabrini University to Close in 2024

On Friday, Cabrini University, a small Catholic college located in Radnor, announced that it would be closing its doors at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. Nearby Villanova University will be acquiring the campus. PennLive has more.



Comcast to Bring Employees Back to Center City Four Days Per Week

According to a Comcast spokesperson, the company is planning on bringing its workforce back to the office four days per week in the fall, up from the current required three days per week. Comcast’s two Center City office buildings are the primary work location for about 8,000 of the company’s employees. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Local Business Owners Express Concern Over Proposed Marijuana Zoning Overlay Districts

Philadelphia marijuana dispensaries are pushing back against a proposed recreational zoning ban introduced by District 10 Councilmember Brian O’Neill. While recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Pennsylvania, critics of the legislation worry that the proposed zoning overlay districts would cut Northeast Philadelphia business owners out of a potential adult-use recreational marijuana market. WHYY has more.

Northeast Section of I-95 Reopens Mere 12 Days After Fiery Collapse

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll joined Governor Josh Shapiro — as well as a few friendly faces representing the city’s professional sports teams — to reopen six lanes of traffic on I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday, less than two weeks since its shocking collapse. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.



Jury to Consider Whether Tree of Life Synagogue Shooter Eligible for the Death Penalty

While the jury in the high-profile Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial concluded during its June 16 conviction that the defendant demonstrated intent to commit the crimes of which he stood accused, it is now up to them to determine whether said intent rose to a level that warrants consideration of the death penalty. WESA has more.



Beltway Briefing: “It’s Called Government Relations For a Reason”

Public Strategies’ team of strategic advisors and partners share lobbying tips to be successful on Capitol Hill. Being an expert in your field is only part of the formula, understanding the importance of etiquette, finding common ground, and the interacting spheres of influence, will make or break you inside the beltway. Listen to the latest episode here.


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