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SB 936 Fight Ends in Gubernatorial Veto

May 09, 2018 3:30 PM | Vaughn Lawrence (Administrator)
By Curt Schroder, Executive Director, PCCJR

After months of intense debate and a significant victory in the state Senate and state House, Governor Wolf vetoed SB 936, legislation that would have improved health outcomes for injured workers, curtail the dangerous practice of profiting off medically unproven compound creams, and help prevent opioid addiction.

The legislation’s trip to the governor’s desk had many twists and turns including an initial tie vote in the House on February 6, 2018. After that vote, the PCCJR activated a campaign aimed at switching “no” votes to “yes” and making sure those who voted “yes” heard the support and appreciation of their constituents. The trial bar spent several hundred thousand dollars on targeted mailings, flyers, and paid advertising into legislative districts attempting to intimidate legislators who voted “yes” into switching their vote. Even though we were vastly outspent, we achieved a stunning victory on April 16 when the common-sense legislation was reconsidered by the House and passed by a vote of 101 to 92.

Before the veto, the Governor said he would take “executive action” to address some of the bills concerns. Those actions and details remain to be seen.

Editorial note:  Sen Don White (R), Indiana, PA  issued a Senate Co-sponsorship memo on May 2, 2018 to place the Governor’s Executive Action into law.  

This article was previously published in the PAMIC 360.

Written by Curt Schroder, Executive Director of PCCJR, a coalition dedicated to bringing fairness to Pennsylvania’s courts by elevating awareness of civil justice issues and advocating for legal reform. More information at www.paforciviljusticereform.com.

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