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Rep. Matt Baker Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

Jun. 17, 2016  Download

The Legislative Report Program with Rep. Matt Baker (R- Tioga, Bradford & Potter) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.

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Rep. Culver Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

Jun. 17, 2016  Download

A new Legislative Report Program/Podcast with Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland & Snyder) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.

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Dunbar Measure to Protect Consumers of Daily Fantasy Sports Gaming in PA

Jun. 16, 2016  Download

Legislation that would protect the consumers of online daily fantasy sports gaming and require fantasy sports contest providers to be licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has been unanimously approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee in Harrisburg. According to bill sponsor Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), the Commonwealth currently has no law on the books regarding fantasy sports gaming and this legislation would provide for regulations and consumer protections similar to those extended to casino patrons.

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Rep. Topper Comments on Legislation to Expand Access to Telemedicine

Jun. 16, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to increase access to quality healthcare providers by employing telemedicine was the topic of a press conference held recently in Harrisburg. House Bill 1619 would allow Pennsylvania to join the Federation of State Medical Boards, allowing licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine. Rep. Jesse Topper (R- Bedford, Fulton & Franklin), prime sponsor of the bill, said people in rural and underserved areas should be able to get the best care available.

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Rep. Quinn Comments on Legislation to Expand Access to Telemedicine

Jun. 16, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to increase access to quality healthcare providers by employing telemedicine was the topic of a press conference held recently in Harrisburg. Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) plans to introduce legislation to regulate the practice of telemedicine, and keep Pennsylvania law up-to-date with current technology. Quinn said she wants to ensure that people can access healthcare via telemedicine in a safe and lawful way.

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James Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 15, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. The hybrid formula would provide prospective employees with a baseline pension, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000. The change will also help to address the unfunded pension liability currently plaguing the Commonwealth’s Public School Employees (PSERS) and State Employees (SERS) retirement systems. Rep. R. Lee James (R-Venango, Butler) said the House has worked in a bipartisan fashion to address pension liability without robbing those already in the system of their benefits. Senate Bill 1071 now awaits concurrence in the Senate.

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Heffley Comments on House Passage of Historic Pension Reform

Jun. 15, 2016  Download

The Pennsylvania House approved landmark public pension reform legislation on Tuesday that would place new state workers and public school employees into a hybrid retirement system which includes a mandatory 401(k)-type plan. Pennsylvania’s existing defined benefit pension systems, the State Employees’ Retirement System and the larger Public School Employees’ Retirement System presently face billions in unfunded liability and require an increasingly large share of state and school district budget dollars to maintain funding requirements. Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) said this historic pension reform bill would take an important step toward addressing the state’s pension crisis without impacting current employees or retirees. Senate Bill 1071 now returns to the Senate for concurrence.

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Rep. Kampf Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 15, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. The hybrid formula would provide prospective employees with a baseline pension, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000. The change will also help to address the unfunded pension liability currently plaguing the Commonwealth’s Public School Employees (PSERS) and State Employees (SERS) retirement systems. Senate Bill 1071 now awaits concurrence in the Senate.

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House Majority Leader Reed Comments on Passage of Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 14, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1071 would establish a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit retirement plan for future state and school employees. Under the new formula, prospective employees would receive a baseline pension based on the traditional formula, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000, or after 25 years of service.

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Speaker Turzai Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 14, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1071 would establish a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit retirement plan for future state and school employees. Under the new formula, prospective employees would receive a baseline pension based on the traditional formula, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000, or after 25 years of service.