Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022
Governor Tom Wolf surpassed former Governor Robert P. Casey for most veto uses in two terms, with nearly a third of those vetoes coming during 2020 on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first years of the Wolf Administration, most vetoes were related to education and labor bills. City & State PA has more .
The recent flood of companies promising to connect Pennsylvanians with doctors who could grant them a medical marijuana use card comes from a unique provision in the state ’s cannabis laws — while doctors alone have the power to grant these card, they are barred from advertising these privileges. Advocates worry that these companies and the doctors they work with are rushing through the application process, improperly screening patients or leaving questions unanswered. Read more from Spotlight PA.
The Department of Environmental Protection is revamping its operating policies by requiring environmental justice to be considered when adopting programs or policies. For some, elements of this may mean additional hearings focused on environmental justice before approval. However, the draft policy is being criticized by some who say that it amounts to lip service while others say it oversteps the DEP ’s mandate. The Post-Gazette has more .
State Democrats took the unusual step of forcing a floor vote on an assault weapon ban introduced by former Rep. Ed Gainey. The vote failed nearly along party lines (with one Democrat voting against and one Republican voting in favor). Read more from the Post-Gazette.
Yesterday, City officials announced that they signed an update agreement to buy solar-generated power. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Votes to unionize were successful in four Philadelphia Starbucks, two in West Philadelphia and two in Center City. One store by the Barnes Foundation voted against unionization. The moves come as a number of Starbucks nationwide take unionization votes. Read more from the Inquirer.
Philadelphia Futures and Steppingstone Scholars will merge to create a new organization that helps 3,000 Philadelphia students by issuing $10 million annually in scholarships. The Inquirer has more .
The Pittsburgh 2030 District is shifting its push for a greener city by shifting focus on overall lower carbon emissions, spurred by scientists calls for the world to become carbon neutral by 2040 to avoid the worst of climate change. WESA has more .
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) joined a group of nine other bipartisan Senators to work on a “modest ” piece of gun reform legislation, with Toomey working specifically on expanding background checks. ABC27 has more .
Mehmet Oz maintains a 902-vote lead over David McCormick after Pennsylvania election officials ordered a recount in the tight Senate race. Thousands of GOP mail-in ballots still remain uncounted. Read more from PennLive.
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