Stories tagged: "Dan Laughlin"

FILE - A "Now Hiring" sign hangs in the windows of Ruby's Cleaners in Mount Lebanon, Pa., on Jan. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Pennsylvania House Democrats Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage for the First Time Since 2007

House Democrats passed a bill raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2007. House Bill 1500 raises the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour in three stages by Jan. 1, 2026 and then adjusts it to inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2027.

A poll worker holds a ballot at the Trinity Christian Fellowship Hall polling place in Biglerville, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Proposed Constitutional Amendments on Voter ID, Election Audits, and Governor’s Veto Power Could Make it to Ballots in May

Three proposed amendments to the state constitution are headed to the Senate for a vote after passing through the State Government Committee. If passed by both the Senate and House this month, they could go to voters as early as May.

GARDINER, ME - AUGUST 21: Chocolate containing 10 mg of THC extract, made by the Wellness Connection of Maine in Gardiner, photographed on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. (Staff photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Bill Proposed to Make Edibles Legal for Medical Marijuana Patients

Sen. Dan Laughlin wants to see Pennsylvania join the 25 other states with medical marijuana laws that allow the sale and consumption of edibles by medical marijuana patients.

Berks Country Pharmacann makes medical marijuana products. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images)
PA Blunt About Legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Three Bills Introduced in 2021 Haven’t Been Passed

The majority-GOP state Legislature has not advanced any of the bills that would legalize recreational marijuana, even though studies show most Pennsylvanians support it.

Activists with Our Revolution hold $15 minimum wage signs outside the US Capitol complex in February 2021, to call on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. (CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images/Bill Clark)
Pennsylvania Republicans Refused to Advance Bills to Raise the Minimum Wage in 2021

The minimum wage in Pennsylvania has remained the same since 2009, despite state legislators introducing seven bills in an attempt to raise it.