Pa. high court fast tracks gerrymandering case

Maddie Hanna and Jonathan Lai | Thursday, November 9, 2017, The Philadelphia Inquirer

In a case that could force the redrawing of congressional maps before the 2018 elections, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Commonwealth Court to decide a gerrymandering lawsuit by the end of the year.

“We will have our day in court, and we will get a decision and a resolution of this matter in time for the 2018 election,” said Mimi McKenzie, legal director of the Philadelphia-based Public Interest Law Center, which represents the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania in the case.

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Can your doctor prescribe medical marijuana?

Wallace McKelvey | Thursday, November 2, 2017, The Patriot News

Pennsylvania has approved about 100 physicians statewide to participate in the new medical marijuana program, with another 200 in the pipeline.

In order to be approved, physicians must complete four hours of training on medical cannabis and how it’s administered. Once the program is up and running next year, they can recommend patients to use the medicine, which will be grown and dispensed from permitted facilities.

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Gov. Tom Wolf criticizes GOP tax package targeting state, local tax deductions

Marc Levy | Tuesday, October 31, 2017, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf criticized a Republican tax-cutting package in Congress, saying Tuesday that it would amount to a tax increase on middle-class Pennsylvanians by ending a state and local tax deduction.

Getting rid of the deduction used by nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvania filers in 2015 — or almost one-third of all filers that year — amounts to the federal government rolling its problems downhill onto state taxpayers, Wolf said.

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Wolf OKs online gambling, more casinos in Pennsylvania

Marc Levy | Monday, October 30, 2017, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania, the nation’s second-largest commercial casino state, is taking an even deeper plunge into gambling and will allow people to bet online, in airports and at truck stops.

With government leaders searching for money to plug holes in the state’s tattered finances, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed legislation authorizing a major expansion of gambling.

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