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A message from Daylin about the 2013-2014 Senate Session
The 2013-2014 session of the Pennsylvania Senate is coming to a close, so I thought this would be a good time to update you on my recent work in the Capitol.
Most notably, the Senate overwhelmingly passed my medical cannabis bill on September 24 by a vote of 43 to 7. Senate Bill 1182 would create a system through which Pennsylvanians with cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizure disorders, and other medical conditions can get medical cannabis treatment. Patients who have tried to treat their condition with addictive, ineffective prescription drugs would have another option that could drastically improve their health and quality of life. Unfortunately, Governor Corbett and Rep. Mike Turzai opposed my bill, so it did not become law. With help from Senator Mike Folmer and the network of advocates from across Pennsylvania, I’m optimistic that the bill will become law next year.
I also worked this session to pass Senate Bill 75, which helps protect victims of human trafficking and gives prosecutors the tools they need to fight human trafficking in our communities. The bill became law on July 2 as Act 105. It was hailed by law enforcement and the activist community as another step in the fight against the scourge of forced prostitution and forced labor.
Pulse Oximetry Screenings for Newborn Babies
Finally, my bill to require pulse oximetry screenings of newborn babies became law this year as Act 94. The effects of congenital heart defects are devastating and can wrench a child from an unsuspecting family before there are any signs of medical trouble. By requiring our hospitals and birthing centers to provide this simple screening, we will save lives.
I also spent a lot of time this session opposing bad ideas to keep them from becoming law. For now, we’ve stymied Governor Corbett’s attempt to reduce the pension benefits for public workers and his effort to privatize the state liquor store system, which would destroy thousands of middle-class jobs across the Commonwealth.
The next Senate session begins on January 6, 2015. Until then, you can find me at my King of Prussia office, meeting with constituents and planning bills for next session. Stop by if you’d like to chat.
See you around,
DaylinPublished October 27, 2014
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