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2019 Smart Talk Top Stories — legalizing marijuana

The 2019 top stories on Smart Talk series begins with a look back at the push to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

By Scott LaMar

His life sentence commuted, prisoner now faces theft charges dating back to 1992

After 25 years in prison, David Sheppard received clemency for a second-degree murder charge. But he may have to go back to prison for allegedly stealing jeans in 1992.
By Katie Meyer

The lieutenant governor wants Pennsylvania to commute more lifers

John Fetterman said in recent administrations, few pardons and commutations have been made. He wants to change that.

By Katie Meyer

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Senate votes to devote lieutenant governor’s residence to veterans, Guard families

Pennsylvania state senators have voted unanimously to transfer control of what had been the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

By The Associated Press

Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania – what happens next?

Governor Wolf recently came out in favor of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Wolf arrived at this position following Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s 67-county listening tour. As part of the tour, Fetterman participated in town-hall style meetings to gauge the support for legalizing marijuana and found that of those who “voiced their opinions, the majority supported legalization.”  

By Merideth Bucher

Governor Wolf: The people want weed

For the first time, the governor is throwing his support behind fully legalizing marijuana. Republicans say they’re skeptical.

By Katie Meyer

Senate bill could portend the end of the Lieutenant Governor’s mansion at Fort Indiantown Gap

A measure that moved from committee Tuesday would give the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs jurisdiction over the building and close it off to future lieutenant governors.
By Katie Meyer

As political tides shift, chances at commutation rise for Pennsylvania lifers

The lieutenant governor said he’d like to return to pre-1980s levels, when an average of 20 to 30 sentences a year were commuted.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Republicans: If Fetterman breaks rules again, we can remove him from presiding over the Senate

After a blowout on the Senate floor, GOP members say the lieutenant governor has 'scarred' the chamber
By Katie Meyer