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  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond / Position Unknown / Unclear
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1. Should education funding be available directly to families through a grant, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including religious schools? U
2. Should marijuana be legalized and sold commercially for recreational use? U* i support what these US Senators are calling for U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), John Fetterman (D-Pa.), and eight of their Democratic colleagues, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram, urging the DEA to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The letter follows a recent recommendation from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that marijuana be rescheduled from Schedule I to Schedule III. The Senators are calling for a complete descheduling of marijuana, consistent with state law, public sentiment, and the need to eliminate draconian criminal and civil penalties for marijuana use. “We write to urge the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to swiftly deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA),” wrote the Senators. “(R)escheduling to Schedule III would mark a significant step forward, (but) it would not resolve the worst harms of the current system. Thus, the DEA should deschedule marijuana altogether. Marijuana’s placement in the CSA has had a devastating impact on our communities and is increasingly out of step with state law and public opinion.” “Rescheduling would do little to rectify the most severe harms of the current system. … (The) criminal penalties for recreational marijuana use, and for medical use of marijuana products that lack federal approval, would still exist, disproportionately penalizing Black and Brown communities. Similarly, non-citizens could still be denied naturalization and green cards, and even (be) deported, based on recreational marijuana use and most marijuana offenses,” continued the Senators. “The Biden Administration has a window of opportunity to deschedule marijuana that has not existed in decades and should reach the right conclusion — consistent with the clear scientific and public health rationale for removing marijuana from Schedule I, and with the imperative to relieve the burden of current federal marijuana policy on ordinary people and small businesses.” In August 2023, HHS recommended moving marijuana to a less restrictive DEA schedule. This followed an October 2022 directive from President Biden requiring HHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review the current scheduling of the drug. Prior to this review, the last review of marijuana scheduling occurred in 2016, when HHS ultimately recommended keeping marijuana under Schedule I. Now, HHS has identified credible scientific support for marijuana’s medical uses and has changed its position. The medical science, as well as developments in state law and international law, support removing marijuana from Schedule I. The Senators have requested that the DEA and DOJ provide more information on steps taken to act on HHS’s rescheduling recommendation no later than February 12, 2024. This letter is also signed by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Senator Padilla previously joined Senators Merkley, Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and 21 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan effort to urge passage of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2021, to allow state-legal cannabis businesses to access banking services.
3. Should the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act be amended to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," which would require public schools and other public facilities to open up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex? Y* this would eliminate the Gender Warfare the religious right is raging against our students and public residents are being subjected to.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? Y* We are waiting too long to transition to clean renewable energy. It is already less expensive than fossil fuels
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? N* our whole PA tax system benefits the rich and powerful. we need to molre than inflation to make up for the underinvestment PA has done in our working class communities
6. Should state taxpayer funding be allowed for elective abortions? Y* I believe a woman's right to choose is a fundamental right and must be codified into state law. It's a health procedure just like any other.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? N* with the advancement of AI, i don't believe it is necessary
8. Should striking union members have access to unemployment compensation? U
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? U
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? U* only if parents and taxpayers are qualified educational professionals
11. Should funding for public and state-related universities follow the student rather than go directly to the institution? Y