Finance - August 1, 2014

Summer Session Dates Nixed

Yesterday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives cancelled the session days it had scheduled for next week.  Those dates had been added to the calendar for the House to consider a bill that would allow Philadelphia to charge a cigarette tax to fund schools.  House Speaker Sam Smith issued a statement following the cancellation notice stating that the House plans to take up the Philadelphia cigarette tax bill and pension reform when it returns to Harrisburg in September. 

The session dates scheduled for this fall are as follows: September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24; October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15; and November 12. 

Pennsylvania Senator Goes on Fact Finding Mission

Self-appointed progressive voice of the PA Senate, Senator Daylin Leach, submitted an OpEd to newspapers around the state yesterday titled What I learned about legal pot in Denver.  In the column Leach details a recent trip he and members of his staff took to Colorado to better understand implementation of the legalization of marijuana in that state.  Leach says in his column: We wanted to make sure we understood how it works and what Colorado did right, and wrong, in an effort to ensure we do this the right way when the time comes.

If you’d like to read the column, if can be found here.