Amendment in proposed state budget bill could be because of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Amendment in proposed state budget bill could be because of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Harrisburg — An amendment to a bill tucked into Pennsylvania’s temporary budget includes a provision which seems to be aimed at Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

The amendment, filed Friday by state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, has language prohibiting the flying of any flag except the American flag, the Pennsylvania state flag or a flag honoring missing U.S. soldiers over the state Capitol building or on Capitol grounds.

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Fetterman often flies an LGBTQ pride flag and a flag advocating for the legalization of marijuana from the balcony of his office in the Capitol building.

Fetterman quickly Tweeted about the amendment, saying, “It’s kinda flattering that they changed Pennsylvania law just for me. Speaking of changing laws... I’ll take them down when we get: LEGAL WEED FOR PA + EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW for LGBTQIA+ community in PA.”

The draft language in the amendment also bans posters, banners or temporary signage from hanging in the Capitol’s windows, balconies and alcoves.

Fetterman’s office said he had no comment beyond the Tweet.

Sen. Corman’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Kocher, said “the senator was the default senator to file the omnibus amendment. Every provision in the bill was agreed to by the House and the Senate as well as the Wolf administration including that language that will bring uniformity to the historic Capitol.”

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