Daylin Leach http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvania Makes Efforts to Protect Animals http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-makes-efforts-protect-animals-0 <p>Pennsylvania is not known for its large population of sharks or elephants, but two state senators are taking steps to protect these, and some more common animals.</p><p>Sens. Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) and Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) say that bullhooks, and shark fin trade need to be banned in our State. Bullhooks are wooden boards with sharp hooks on the end intended to cause pain.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 28219 at http://wesa.fm Proposed Property Tax Break for Disabled Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/proposed-property-tax-break-disabled-veterans <p>A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would allow disabled veterans to receive a real estate tax exemption regardless of the severity of their disability.</p><p>Currently, Pennsylvania offers an “all-or-nothing” program, where veterans who are 100 percent disabled receive a complete property tax exemption and those who are 80 or 90 percent disabled get nothing.</p><p>State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) said the tax exemption should be proportional to the percentage of disability.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 27341 at http://wesa.fm Softened Changes For Union Exemption On 'Fast Track' http://wesa.fm/post/softened-changes-union-exemption-fast-track <p>A state proposal to change rules for unions involved in a labor dispute is on the fast track to becoming law.<br /><br />Under state law, unions in Pennsylvania are allowed to harass, stalk, and threaten to use weapons of mass destruction if they’re involved in a labor dispute.<br /><br />Legislation that started as an effort to end that exemption now just kind of massages it.<br /><br />A Senate committee on Tuesday approved changes to allow stalking and harassment if it is used in the pursuit of constitutionally-protected or legally-protected activity.<br /> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:41:44 +0000 Mary Wilson 26884 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Spokesman: Governor Has Not Changed Position on Medical Marijuana http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-spokesman-governor-has-not-changed-position-medical-marijuana <p>Gov. Tom Corbett isn’t budging from his stance against legalizing medical marijuana.<br /><br />The Harrisburg Patriot-News recently reported the governor had “softened” his position after a spokesman said Corbett would consider changing his mind if the Food and Drug Administration deemed the drug a valid medicine.<br /><br />But the spokesman later said Corbett’s stance is unchanged.<br /><br />Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, who is running for Congress, said Corbett should know the ball isn’t in the FDA’s court on this issue.<br /> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:11:08 +0000 Mary Wilson 22663 at http://wesa.fm PA Lags in Renewable Energy Standards http://wesa.fm/post/pa-lags-renewable-energy-standards <p>Eight percent is not enough according to State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery).&nbsp;&nbsp; He’s referring to a 2004 state law that requires power-generating utilities in Pennsylvania to have at least eight percent of their output from renewable sources—hydro, solar, wind, and geothermal—by 2021.</p><p>“It (eight percent) was not ambitious but it was reasonable in 2004,” says Leach.&nbsp; “But time, technology and other states have passed us by.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:19:26 +0000 Haldan Kirsch & Kevin Gavin 19684 at http://wesa.fm Proposal Aims to Help College Graduates Hobbled by Student Debt http://wesa.fm/post/proposal-aims-help-college-graduates-hobbled-student-debt <p>Imagine a student loan program in which there's no interest, the payments are deferred for three years, and they arrive as a percentage of the graduate's income.<br><br>The proposal comes from Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, who is hoping to help college graduates hobbled by student debt.<br><br>The elimination of interest is a key piece of the puzzle.<br> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:14:15 +0000 Mary Wilson 16600 at http://wesa.fm