State Senator Daylin Leach

A New Push for Prescription Cannabis in Pennsylvania

Jan 16, 2014
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For the first time in the state Senate’s history a medical marijuana bill has been drafted with bipartisan support.

A poll conducted last year shows state residents support the use of medical marijuana. New Hampshire and Illinois legalized it last year.

Could Pennsylvania be next?

Heather Shuker of Valencia, Butler County, is the mother of a 10-year-old girl with intractable epilepsy who says her daughter is in "desperate need of medical marijuana." 

Because of people like Heather, State Senator Daylin Leach, along with Senator Mike Folmer, introduced the legislation, known as SB 1182, earlier this week.

State Senator Proposes Zero Percent Student Loans

Aug 13, 2013

Much of the attention this summer on student loans focused on whether Congress would prevent a doubling of the 3.4 percent federal loan rate. 

That rate officially did hit 6.8 percent when lawmakers missed the July 1 deadline. But after much debate President Obama last Friday signed compromise legislation.

This fall, students will be borrowing at a rate of 3.9 percent, but the legislation ties the rates to financial markets. So, if the economy improves, the rate for the government to borrow money will go up and that will be passed onto students.

A bill to be introduced in Harrisburg would allow parents of newborn children to receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave.

“This is a policy that’s in effect in almost the entire industrialized world and in a number of states in America as well," said sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach. "It’s a standard benefit of employment.”

The bill would only apply to companies with more than 20 employees and to employees who work more than 20 hours per week. The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act allows for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but that is not an option for many low-income workers.

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Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program is lauded by state and local officials as a success, and one state lawmaker wants to implement a similar tax credit program for another entertainment industry – video games.

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) has introduced the Video Game Tax Production Credit bill aimed at attracting game developers to the state. He said the video gaming industry is huge and growing.