Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, October 24, 2022

October 24, 2022


State’s New Medical Marijuana Bill Adds Regulations for Growers, Distributors

A new medical marijuana law was approved last Thursday, leaving the state’s nearly 414,000 patients looking forward to improvements in product safety and service, while growers and processors fret about production delays and potentially higher prices. The legislation would, among other regulations, require dispensaries to have an on-site or remote pharmacist available during business hours. PennLive has more.

State Seeks Penalties for Fulton County Commissioners Over Third-Party Voting Machine Access

Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman is seeking sanctions for two Republican Fulton County Commissioners Stuart Ulsh and Randy Bunch who allegedly provided Wake TSI, an outside group, access to voting machines in order to prove voter fraud during the 2020 general election. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.



Autism Services Remain Difficult to Find in the Wake of the Pandemic

Autism services were severely cut back during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But while other service industries have recovered somewhat, many Philadelphians struggle to find adequate day programs for their family members with autism and other intellectual disabilities. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Philadelphia Students Rank Among Lowest in Math, Reading Test Scores Nationally

A recent analysis of test scores in urban school districts conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that Philadelphia schools consistently ranked among the lowest scores across subjects. Students from fourth through eighth grades were considered in the study. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Pennsylvania House Committee Releases Report That Does Not Recommend Impeachment of Philadelphia DA Krasner — Yet

On Monday, the Republican-led Pennsylvania House Committee investigating Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner regarding his alleged inaction on gun violence released an interim report that chastises his record, but stops short of recommending impeachment. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.



Pittsburgh Crossing Guards Will No Longer be Required to Hold Valid Driver’s Licenses

Pittsburgh officials have announced that its crossing guards will no longer be required to hold valid driver’s licenses. The move is in response to a declining number of guards, and is expected to increase diversity within the recruitment pool. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.

Pittsburgh City Council Requests $10 Million in ARPA Funds for “Food Justice Fund;” Mayor Gainey Says These Funds Are Not Available 

Pittsburgh City Council and Mayor Ed Gainey have arrived at a crossroads concerning the creation of a “food justice fund.” While City Council is requesting $10 million from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the initiative, the Mayor’s Office holds that such funding would not be available for this program. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.



Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Fetterman’s Health May Not Be a Big Factor for Voters

Much has been made of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s health in the wake of his May stroke and in the lead up to the midterm elections in November. However, experts believe his health may not have as much of an impact on voters’ decisions as some may have expected. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Oz Loans Own Campaign $1 Million 

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Mehmet Oz is injecting an additional $1 million of his own money into his campaign in the final days of the race, according to a recent FEC filing. Much of Dr. Oz’s funding throughout the campaign has come from his own bank account rather than fundraising. CNN has more.


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