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April 16, 2018: The state Secretary of Health has approved revisions to Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law that includes allowing the use of the whole plant, including dried leaves. Senator Leach calls it “a great day for Pennsylvania.”
April 4, 2018: April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Senator Leach has information about Pennsylvania’s Child Abuse Hotline that could save a child’s life.
March 20, 2018: A group of citizens living in the path of the under-construction Mariner 2 gas pipeline traveled to the state Capitol in Harrisburg with a message for Governor Wolf. Senator Leach was there to help them, but they found their path to the Governor blocked.
February 12, 2018: If you’re looking for a job, Senator Leach says that help is available.
January 30, 2018: Democrats in the state Senate laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018. Senator Leach talked about the fight against gerrymandering.
January 4, 2018: Winter weather is here, and Senator Leach is advising travelers to check with PA 511 and get road conditions before venturing out.
October 17, 2017: Residents of Pennsylvania counties affected by new pipelines carrying natural gas across the state say safety and property rights are being overlooked. Senator Leach is one of a number of legislators that are introducing a package of bills to deal with those issues.
October 17, 2017: Senator Leach is urging passage of legislation that would protect sexually exploited children who are the victims of human trafficking.
September 19, 2017: A company that lost its bid to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania has sued to shut the program down. Senator Leach, whose legislation started the program, says that would be bad news for patients.
August 9, 2017: Senator Leach held a Telephone Town Hall tonight, taking questions from constituents on the phone about topics including the state budget, education, medical marijuana and much more. You can listen to the entire Telephone Town Hall here:
June 30, 2017: The state Senate has approved a $32 billion spending plan for 2017-18 that provides for increased spending on education and intellectually disabled people. It increases spending by less than 1 percent above what was available to spend this year.
June 29, 2017: The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill that will allow teachers to have guns on school grounds by a 28-22 vote. Senator Leach read a letter on the Senate floor that was written by teachers who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which occurred in Connecticut in 2012 and resulted in the deaths of 20 children.
June 26, 2017: Senator Leach joined fellow Democratic members of the state House and Senate gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to express their opposition to the legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) currently making its way through the U.S. Senate.
June 20, 2017: Pennsylvania on Tuesday awarded permits to 12 applicants to grow and process medical marijuana. The state aims to make the drug available to patients sometime next year. Senator Leach says it’s the first real step forward after his Medical Marijuana Bill became law.
June 5, 2017: Senate Bill 709 is legislation to prevent the practice of “food shaming” children at school meals. The bill would require school districts to serve meals to children, if one is requested, regardless of whether the child’s family owes money to the school. It will prohibit schools from marking children in any way if their family owes money for meals. And it will require districts to implement policies to determine if children are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Senator Leach has a story to tell about why he supports the bill.
May 9, 2017: Nurses who feel overworked have some friends in the Pennsylvania legislature who are introducing bills to keep the hours they work to a reasonable level. Senator Leach’s legislation would fix the minimum ratio of patients to nurses in Pennsylvania Hospitals.
March 24, 2017: Senator Leach was a guest speaker at the Governor’s 33rd annual 2017 Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust.
February 8, 2017: By a vote of 32-18, the State Senate passed Senate Bill 3, which decreases the gestational age at which an abortion can be performed from 24 weeks to 20 weeks and prohibits dilation and evacuation abortion procedures. Here’s what Senator Leach said on the floor of the Senate just before the vote was taken:
February 6, 2017: A bill that would make Pennsylvania one of the toughest states in the nation in which to have an abortion passed the Senate Judiciary Committee along a party-line vote. Senator Leach, who voted no and opposes the bill, says the committee failed to follow normal procedures before passing the bill.
Here are the remarks the Senator made during the Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill
January 27, 2017: Saying the decision should be driven by economics as much as by morals, Senator Leach is introducing legislation that would repeal the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania.
January 23, 2017: Senator Leach held a Telephone Town Hall tonight, taking questions from constituents on the phone about topics including the electoral college, gerrymandering, medical marijuana and privatizing state liquor stores. You can listen to the entire Telephone Town Hall here:
January 19, 2017: More than 800 people filled an auditorium at a middle school outside Philadelphia Wednesday night for a “Resistance Forum” sponsored by Senator Leach, designed to tell people how to fight any changes the Trump administration may want to make in the areas of healthcare, the environment and civil rights.
January 18, 2017: Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Leach advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.
January 3, 2017: The 201st session of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is underway, and Senator Leach has taken his oath of office to begin another four-year term. Here the Senator talks about what he’d like to see accomplished in this new session.
December 1, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Leach says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
October 17, 2016: Senator Leach would like to see movement on his “Safe Harbor” legislation that would divert children who are forced into prostitution away from jail cells and into treatment centers. He addressed supporters in the Capitol today about the issue and his legislation.
September 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this November’s Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Leach reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
August 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach reminds drivers to watch out for highway workers, police and emergency personnel who may be on the shoulder of the road.
July 8, 2016: Senator Leach is holding an informational conference today at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia on regulating medical marijuana in Pennsylvania as part of a plan to make recommendations to the Wolf Administration regarding implementation of Act 16, Senator Leach’s medical marijuana protocol enacted in April of this year. Here’s more with the Montgomery County state lawmaker who says as the new law’s rulemaking process begins, he hopes to gain valuable input from the stakeholders who will have to live and work under the regulations.
June 30, 2016: A group of state lawmakers say this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas abortion law should prompt the Pennsylvania State Legislature to repeal a law passed five years ago that imposes stricter regulations on abortion clinics. Here’s more with Senator Leach who spoke at today’s Womens’ Health Caucus State Capitol news conference.
June 13, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: With summer coming, more bicycles will be on Pennsylvania roadways. Senator Leach has safety tips for motorists and bicyclists on how to share the road.
June 7, 2016: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER) held a State Capitol rally today calling on the state legislature and governor to provide increased education funding in next year’s state budget. The faith-based organization with members in 60 congregations throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties heard from Senator Leach who agreed that Pennsylvania must do a much better job of funding public school education.
May 12, 2016: A resolution designating April 24, 2016, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923” has been adopted by the state Senate. Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of the resolution.
May 6, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: May 30th is Memorial Day, and May 21st is Armed Forces Day. Senator Leach says veterans, their families and survivors should check and make sure they are receiving all of the benefits to which they’re entitled.
May 6, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: May is national Pet Month. Senator Leach says one of the best things you can do for your dog is get a license.
April 17, 2016: An historic day for Pennsylvania, as Senator Leach’s medical marijuana bill is signed into law by Gov. Wolf.
April 12, 2016: Senator Leach, the driving force behind legislation that would authorize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, talks about Senate Bill 3 at a State Capitol news conference after it was approved today on a vote of 42-7. The Senate-amended legislation returns to the House of Representatives for final approval before going to Gov. Wolf for his signature.
March 17, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says one of the best ways for people to help their communities is to volunteer as a firefighter or emergency responder.
March 15, 2016: Senator Leach joined with a coaltion of groups looking to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania at a rally at the Capitol in Harrisburg. They were calling for the elimination of the “tip minimum wage” so there can be a single minimum wage for all workers of at least $10 an hour.
March 7, 2016: Senator Leach today commended Gov. Wolf for signing an Executive Order that increases the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.15 an hour for state workers and employees of businesses that are awarded future state contracts.
February 10, 2016: Time for parents and students to begin the process of applying for college loans and grants. Senator Leach says Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency can help.
January 20, 2016: Senate and House bills that would downsize the Pennsylvania State Legislature today cleared the Senate State Government Committee and now go to the full Senate for consideration. In remarks at the committee meeting, Senator Leach explains why he opposes the legislation which would reduce the size of the Senate by five members and the House by as many as 52 representatives.
January 8, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvanians who need health insurance have a new affordable option: the Health Choices program.