Recreational marijuana and legislative priorities in the new year

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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, January 3, 2019:

Governor Tom Wolf set off fireworks before the holidays with his response to a constituent’s question during a twitter Q&A. The question was “when will Pennsylvania catch up and make recreational marijuana legal?”

Wolf responded in part that because more states are successfully implementing legalization that it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at legalizing, too.

It did not take long for proponents and opponents to legalization to step into the discussion. Democratic state Senator Daylin Leach of Delaware County weighed in with his intent to introduce legislation in the new year.

Senator Leach appears on Smart Talk Thursday, along with Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman representing the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, who oppose legalization.

Also, Katie Meyer is WITF’s Capitol bureau chief and she joins us on Smart Talk to discuss the new legislative session and the priorities ahead for state lawmakers.

Cybersecurity; protecting yourself online


What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, January 2, 2019:

The 2018 holiday season set many sales records. According to industry analysts, it stacks up as the best holiday shopping season in six years with retail e-commerce exceeding 123 billion dollars.

Consumers are making more purchases online and every time they complete a transaction, they are trusting sellers to safeguard their financial information.

When in comes to online banking the stakes are high. Many Americans conduct all their banking without ever stepping foot in an actual bank.

There are plenty of bad guys out there trying to steal your money and banks spend billions of dollars annually on cybersecurity to counter the scammers, phishers and thieves.

How safe is your money and what can you do to protect your data and investments?

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss cybersecurity is Dr. Terrill L. Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Andrew Linn, PA Bankers Association and Chief Information Security Officer, Orrstown Bank.

Also joining the discussion is Andrew Goode, regional VP, Better Business Bureau, Metro Washington D.C. and Eastern Pennsylvania, to talk about reporting scams and safe business practices.

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Andrew Linn and Terrill Frantz