Mary Wilson http://wesa.fm en Governor Corbett Gives New Support for Medical Marijuana http://wesa.fm/post/governor-corbett-gives-new-support-medical-marijuana <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania hoped a meeting with Governor Corbett might change his stance on the issue.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These advocates </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/supporters-medical-marijuana-threaten-sit-outside-corbetts-office" style="line-height: 1.5;">threatened a sit-in</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> if the governor refused to see them.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It looks like their threats paid off.&nbsp;</p><p>Despite a recent <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/pennsylvania/release-detail?ReleaseID=2014">Quinnipiac University poll</a> which showed 85% of Pennsylvania voters support the legalization of medical marijuana,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">90.5&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WESA</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Capitol Correspondent Mary Wilson said Corbett</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remained steadfastly opposed, until this afternoon.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>"Corbett is quoted in a press release this afternoon saying that he will support a bill to allow research based hospitals to prescribe this oil extract which is from the marijuana plant." said Wilson</p><p>"Of course it's going to need the approval of the legislature but the leader of the senate Republicans has said that he will support this. And that he looks forward to sending the bill to the governor's desk."</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:22:02 +0000 Katherine Blackley 28529 at http://wesa.fm Governor Corbett Gives New Support for Medical Marijuana An Update on Recent Firearm Legislation from Harrisburg http://wesa.fm/post/update-recent-firearm-legislation-harrisburg <p>The state House Judiciary Committee released an agenda on five firearms related bills this week, including an approved measure that would make municipalities that pass gun restrictions susceptible to law suits.</p><p>90.5 WESA State Capitol correspondent <a href="http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/66008-bill-curbing-local-gun-restrictions-goes-to-pa-house">Mary Wilson</a> says under the municipality bill, challengers of local gun restrictions would have the legal standing necessary to ask for court review of an ordinance. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:38:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26124 at http://wesa.fm An Update on Recent Firearm Legislation from Harrisburg Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Drags On http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-voter-id-case-drags <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">In the ongoing battle between the state of Pennsylvania and the opponents of the state’s controversial voter ID laws, it appears that the trial will drag on slower than expected. The root of this slow down in the Commonwealth Court case is, according to WESA capital correspondent and WITF reporter Mary Wilson, a spat between the court’s two sides over a list of roughly 500 people whose attempts to attain identification proved fruitless.</span> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:23:37 +0000 John Lavanga 13740 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Drags On The Right To Know and Pennsylvania's Open Records Law http://wesa.fm/post/right-know-and-pennsylvanias-open-records-law <p></p><p>Pennsylvania's <a href="http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/open_records/4434/citizens%E2%80%99_guide/487947">open records law</a> went into effect in 2009, ideally making it possible for citizens to easily search government records. But some say it hasn't made good on its promise of accessibility. WESA Capitol Correspondent <a href="http://wesa.fm/people/mary-wilson"><strong>Mary Wilson</strong></a> has written about <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/open-records-debate-case-being-less-business-friendly">tweaks to the law</a> being proposed in the legislature, and <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/open-records-chief-calls-charter-schools-scofflaws">those who have violated it</a>.</p><p><strong>Leah Samuel</strong> recently took <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/right-know-or-right-no">an in depth look</a> at the status of PA's open records law for PublicSource, including anecdotes from citizens who have been thwarted in their search for information.</p><p><a href="http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/open_records/4434">Pennsylvania Office of Open Records</a> Executive Director, <strong>Terry Mutchler</strong> says citizen requests should not be denied. Fri, 24 May 2013 22:07:40 +0000 Heather McClain 10181 at http://wesa.fm The Right To Know and Pennsylvania's Open Records Law