Wheatley sworn in for ninth term in state House

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today was sworn into office for his ninth two-year term representing the 19th Legislative District.

Wheatley plans to continue his outreach and advocacy initiatives, including his fight to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the commonwealth.

During the 2017-18 legislative session, Wheatley introduced legislation calling for the legalization of marijuana, which would generate an estimated half-billion dollars in tax revenue; the expungement of criminal records associated with marijuana; the return of driver’s and professional licenses that were revoked or suspended due to marijuana-related crimes; and the continued growth of the infrastructure related to medical marijuana.

This legislative session, he plans to introduce a measure that will build upon last year’s bill and include dedicating the revenue generated by the tax to be invested in affordable housing, school-loan debt forgiveness and afterschool programs.

Wheatley is encouraging constituents to contact his “Peoples Office” at 2015 Centre Ave. in Pittsburgh at 412-471-7760 with any state-related matter or concern.

He also is urging people to visit his website – www.pahouse.com/Wheatley – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables constituents to email him. He also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepWheatley and the Twitter feed @RepWheatley.

The 19th Legislative District includes historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downtown, the Bluff, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights, and West, South and North Oakland.

Known as First Tuesday, today’s festivities at the state Capitol kicked off the 203rd legislative session of the state House.