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May 12, 2015: By a vote of 40-7, a bipartisan majority of the Senate has approved Senator Leach’s medical cannabis bill, which will provide thousands of Pennsylvanians with the medicine they desperately need. Here are the Senator’s remarks on the floor at the time of the vote.
May 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Warmer weather can get homeowners thinking about home improvements. Senator Leach advises them to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s list of registered contractors before the work has started.
April 22, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution designating Friday, April 24, 2015, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.” Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of the resolution.
April 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: April is Donate Life Month. Senator Leach says organ donor enrollment is simple at driver’s license centers or when licenses are obtained or renewed. Larger volumes of potential donors would reduce the numbers on transplant waiting lists and improve the wellbeing of transplant recipients.
March 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvanians who served in the military can have that fact recognized on their driver’s license.
February 25, 2015: At today’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on legislation that would allow the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, Senator Leach said there’s an inherent tension between wanting to get the perfect bill and wanting to take the time to get it right so people can get the medicine they need. Here’s more with Senator Leach who also spoke at a State Capitol rally held by supporters of Senate Bill 3, members known as Campaign4Compassion, where he challenged testimony from the Pennsylvania Medical Society which opposes the legislation.
February 19, 2015: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Pennsylvania has the second lowest vaccination rate in the nation. Senator Leach says he’d like to improve those numbers by eliminating one reason parents use to keep their children from being vaccinated.
February 13, 2015: Calling it long overdue, Senator Leach is commending Gov. Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is introducing legislation to abolish the death penalty in the Commonwealth.
February 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says most Pennsylvania families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage for kids.
January 27, 2015: A bipartisan bill has again been introduced in the state Senate that would allow the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania to help people suffering from seizures and other health problems. Here’s more from today’s State Capitol news conference with Senator Leach, sponsor of the legislation, who urged its approval.
January 11, 2015: Senator Leach’s Resolution declares January 11th “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.
January 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvania state government has an online resource that can get people the help they need for everything from child care to mortgage problems to paying less in taxes.
December 2 , 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says a good way to get in the spirit of holiday giving is to help out your local food bank.
November 19, 2014: Senator Leach held a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting tonight in which participants were able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to Montgomery and Delaware counties and the Commonwealth. You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting:
November 12, 2014: Senator Leach is lending his support to three Pennsylvania cities that have filed suit in Commonwealth Court, trying to stop a new law that allows the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over what the NRA considers restrictive gun laws.
November 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking applications to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter.
October 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says the state Department of Aging has a toll-free hotline anyone can call to get answers to questions about how to care for an aging loved one.
October 6, 2014: Senator Leach, speaking today at a State Capitol news conference held by Clean Water Action, a Pennsylvania environmental protection group, said he will oppose legislation now before the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, that would threaten clean water quality by eliminating a 150-foot buffer from construction and development along high quality and exceptional value streams that’s been in place for four years to protect trees, vegetation, fish and wildlife, and communities from intense flooding. Here’s more with Senator Leach:
September 24, 2014: By a 43-7 vote the state Senate has passed Senator Leach’s legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
September 23, 2014: Senator Leach held a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting tonight in which participants were able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to Montgomery and Delaware counties and the Commonwealth. You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting:
September 16, 2014: A new state law takes effect this month that’s designed to fight human trafficking in Pennsylvania. Senator Leach, a co-sponsor of the legislation, says this puts Pennsylvania in the forefront of the fight against human trafficking, but more needs to be done.
September 15, 2014: Hundreds of supporters of legislation that would authorize the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania rallied at the State Capitol today. Here’s more with Senator Leach, a sponsor of the bill, who says for many parents and their sick children, legalizing medical marijuana is a matter of compassion.
September 8, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers the health needs of all Pennsylvania’s children. Senator Leach says all parents should check to see if their children are eligible.
August 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment- As students head back to college, Senator Leach reminds them — and their parents — to explore all the possibilities when it comes to paying for higher education.
August 5, 2014: Critics who claim that raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania will result in the loss of jobs are going to have to come up with another argument in their fight to keep wages down in the state. Here’s more with Senator Leach, a strong supporter of raising the minimum wage, who says that argument is silly.
July 30, 2014: Senator Leach says he expects the Pennsylvania Senate to approve legislation in the fall session that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. Here’s more with the Montgomery County lawmaker, a driving force behind a bill that would authorize doctor-prescribed medical cannabis for children and adults who suffer seizures caused by epilepsy.
July 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Leach tells senior citizens how they can get help paying for their prescriptions.
June 16, 2014: Legislation that would require newborn babies to undergo a screening for congenital heart defects has passed the Pennsylvania Senate and is now before the House for final approval. Here’s more with Senator Leach, a supporter of the measure.
June 11, 2014: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Day” and encouraging all Pennsylvanians to contribute to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and other pediatric cancer research programs. Here’s more with Senator Leach, whose resolution pays tribute to Alexandra Scott who passed away at the age of eight in 2004.
June 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Leach advises Pennsylvania’s veterans to call the Veteran’s Hotline and check on the benefits they’ve earned.
June 2, 2014: Since 1996, there’s been an explosion of genetically engineered foods on the shelves of our grocery stores, but due to the lack of labeling requirements, most consumers aren’t aware of what they’re actually eating. Here’s more from today’s State Capitol news conference with Senator Leach, who wants to change that.
May 22, 2014: Senator Leach who, five years ago, introduced legislation to allow same sex marriage in Pennsylvania gives his reaction to the federal court ruling and to the governor’s decision not to appeal the decision to a higher court.
May 9, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Leach talks about PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program, designed to help both people with special medical conditions and first responders at an accident scene.
May 8, 2014: Senator Leach reviews the Senate Democratic Policy Committee’s roundtable discussion on increasing the mimimum wage in Pennsylvania.