Daylin’s Op-Eds

January 20, 2016

Here’s what Pa. is doing to fight human trafficking

By Daylin Leach, Shea Rhodes and Sarah Robinson This Monday, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We would like to take this opportunity to update the public on Pennsylvania's fight to eliminate this horrific crime. The enslavement of…
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December 9, 2015

Stand up to the NRA, pass commonsense gun-control

It seems that now, in the immediate wake of the latest domestic mass shooting, which occurred in the immediate wake of the one before that, is a propitious time to offer a few thoughts on the ever-recurring gun control debate.…
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December 2, 2015

Here’s why Gov. Wolf made the right call on Syrian refugees

Recently Governor Wolf courageously and admirably said that refugees from Syria would be welcome in Pennsylvania. At the same time, the governors of 26 other states announced that they wanted to block Syrian refuges from settling in their respective states.…
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June 19, 2015

Rich or poor – everyone should have fair access to bail

The amount of money we have has a big effect on the kind of life we can lead. Obviously, rich people have greater access than poor people to luxury cars, penthouse condos, and last-minute helicopter trips. I’m fine with that…
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February 10, 2015

Campaign-Finance System is Broken

With the resignation and pending guilty plea of former state Treasurer Rob McCord on charges of extortion, the public must understand the problem caused by our current campaign-finance system.
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January 15, 2015

Here’s Why We Need to Kill the Death Penalty

In a piece that appeared on PennLive on Jan. 6, Maureen Faulkner criticized both Governor-Elect Tom Wolf and me for our opposition to the death penalty. Ms. Faulkner is the widow of the police officer who was murdered by Mumia…
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July 30, 2014

What I Learned about Legal Marijuana in Denver

This past week, I, and three members of my legislative staff flew to Denver, Colorado to see for ourselves what the complete legalization of cannabis looks like. Given the polls, what other states are doing, and the arc of history,…
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April 9, 2014

Stack, Leach Rebut Industry’s Criticism of Minimum Wage Bill: PennLive letters

By Daylin Leach & Mike Stack We are writing in response to John Doulgeris' letter, on behalf of the PA Restaurant Association, in which he says our proposed bill to raise the minimum wage and eliminate the tipped minimum wage…
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March 27, 2014

A Minimum Wage Hike is Long Past Eue

Recently on PennLive, National Federation of Independent Businesses ("NFIB") Executive State Director Kevin Shivers wrote an op-Ed opposing an increase in the minimum wage. He claimed that such an increase will "cost jobs," and thus "it isn't time" to raise…
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November 18, 2013

Fear of a Word

Garrett Brann is about to turn 3 years old. He has a form of epilepsy, known as "Dravet Syndrome," which is robbing him of his childhood, a normal life, and so much more. The disease manifests itself primarily in almost…
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July 31, 2013

Montco official is legally right to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Last week, Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes began issuing  marriage licenses to same-sex couples. These licenses would seem to be issued in  contradiction to the Pennsylvania statute that limits marriage to one man and  one woman. Mr. Hanes…
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March 15, 2013

GMO Labeling Legislation Would Allow Consumers to Choose

Recently, I introduced legislation that would require food manufacturers to disclose on the labels of their products if those products contained organisms that had been genetically modified. I did so because the American people have repeatedly demonstrated that they are…
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January 9, 2013

Time to Legalize Marijuana

This past November, the people of Washington State and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana. Other places, including California, have had de facto legalization for some time. This week, I will introduce legislation which would have Pennsylvania join these other…
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April 19, 2012


April 19, 2012 By: Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17 When you go to a doctor, there are times your malady is obvious. Elephantitis, or a goiter shaped like guitar come to mind. However, other times the cause of your symptoms is…
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January 31, 2012

Leach Op-Ed: Speaker Smith’s Lawsuit on 2001 District Lines is Frivolous

KING OF PRUSSIA, Jan. 31, 2012 - Speaker of the House Sam Smith and his Republican colleagues have frequently spoken about the need to end “frivolous lawsuits.” However, this disdain for meritless litigation apparently does not extend to Smith’s attempt…
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January 26, 2012

Leach Op-Ed: An Important Update on Redistricting Changes

As many already know, we as a state are required to redraw the lines of our legislative districts every 10 years to ensure that all of the districts have about the same population.
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December 12, 2011

Subject: Voter ID Op-Ed by State Sen. Daylin Leach

Recently, Governor Corbett has endorsed legislation which would require every Pennsylvanian to present photo ID each time they voted, regardless of how long they had been voting at their poll. They could not vote without ID even if the poll…
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April 3, 2011

On Voting by Referendum in Maine

When you follow politics closely, every election night comes with its exhilarating wins and heartbreaking losses. Some years there are more of one than the other, but every year is, to some extent, a mixed bag. This year, the toughest…
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March 25, 2011

Op-Ed: Repealing Joint and Several Liability is Irresponsible

Recently, Governor Corbett called for the repeal of a 100 year old common law doctrine known as "Joint and Several Liability". Under this doctrine, if a person is injured because of the negligence of 2 or more parties, an injured…
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February 3, 2011

Voucher Proposal Raises Many Questions

Recently, there has been a lot of attention paid to Senate Bill 1, which would for the first time create a system of taxpayer-funded vouchers which parents could allegedly use to "choose" what school their child can go to if…
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May 28, 2010

Response to the “Bonsugate” Grand Jury’s Proposed Legislative Reforms

Recently, the Bonusgate Grand Jury issued a report which has received a great deal of media attention. This report had nothing to do with the criminal charges against specific individuals they investigated. This report was an extremely rare supplemental grand…
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March 3, 2010

Are WAMs Really Bad?

Recently, as the Pennsylvania budget crisis has droned on, there has been a good deal of attention paid to how we, as a state, spend money. One of the programs which is most frequently attacked and ridiculed in the media…
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March 3, 2010

Conservative Case for Abolishing the Death Penalty

Soon, I will be introducing legislation to abolish the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania. New Jersey and New Mexico have recently abolished their Death Penalty laws and other states are contemplating doing the same. Polls show a 15-20% drop in support…
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February 3, 2010

Final Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

I have recently introduced SB 935, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. I do so now for several reasons. First, because many other states are moving to consider this issue, including Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa…
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February 1, 2010

“Political Reform”

The concept of “political reform” received a good deal of attention in the recent campaign. Certain reforms are clearly necessary and long-overdue. Campaign finance reform and legislative redistricting reform are two examples. However, some things being touted as reforms could…
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January 15, 2010

Pennsylvanians Oppose new Taxes?? Not so fast.

In my 7 years in the Pennsylvania legislature, I think I've learned a few basic truisms, one of which is: If you want to make a constituent mad, raise their taxes, but if you want to make a constituent furious,…
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November 3, 2009

To the Editor: “Sodom in the Nation’s Capital”: Editorial by Star Parker

On November 24th I saw in the Times Herald an editorial by a Star Parker entitled "Sodom in the Nation's Capital". Intrigued by the unabashed offensiveness of the title, I read on. The article castigated the Washington DC City Council…
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December 2, 2007

This is not how the Second Amendment works

As a member of the state House Judiciary Committee, I received a lot of e-mails urging me to vote against the gun control bills we considered last month. Many of these e-mails argued, in some form, that the governor's proposals…
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January 3, 2007

Editorial – Response to See No Dissent, Call It Science By Debra Saunders

Ms. Saunders: I read your editorial this morning entitled “See no Dissent, Call it Science”. I don’t wish to debate the issue of global warming. But I do take some issue with your larger point. As I understand it, you…
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October 3, 2006

Letter to the Editor Times-Herald – Mr. Robert Clifton

In the October 12 edition of the Times-Herald, there was a letter to the editor from a Mr. Robert Clifton attacking me. Obviously, Mr. Clifton has every right to do that, but I thought I’d share my perspective on his…
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March 3, 2006

Property Tax – Main Line Life

After months of debate and deliberation, property tax reform comes to a head in the next few weeks. I and other legislators have to evaluate the various proposals, weigh the good versus bad in each and decide how we plan…
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December 22, 2005

Editorial – Philadelphia Gay News

Since being elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2002, I have learned that persistent rumor tends, over time, to become reality. One of the persistent rumors I hear these days is that various anti-gay amendments which have previously been…
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December 22, 2005

Editorial Pay Raise

People can be for or against the recent legislative pay raise but the debate should be a fair one. Thus far, the press’s obsession with this issue has seemingly blinded them to their obligation to report the facts fairly and…
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December 6, 2005

TABOR is Not What Taxpayers in Pennsylvania Need or Deserve

As the winds turn bitter off of the Susquehanna and we prepare to conclude perhaps the most desultory legislative session in modern history, there is one piece of proposed legislation that deserves more attention than it has received. I am…
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August 3, 2005

Letter to the Editor: “We Need to Keep these Legislators”

Columnist John Grogan has written many columns on the recently passed governmental pay raise. Much in those columns has been inaccurate, misleading and downright demagogic. However, if Mr. Grogan wants to dedicate the rest of his journalistic career to complaining…
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March 3, 2005

Redistricting Reform

As a Pennsylvania legislator, I am keenly aware of how desperately we need political reform. Pennsylvania has no campaign finance limits, no lobbyist disclosure law, no automatic calendar to assure that all legislators with good ideas can get a vote…
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