JENNERSVILLE – State Sen. Andy Dinniman (R-West Whiteland), state Rep. John Lawrence (R-West Grove), and officials from Penn Township, PennDOT, McMahon Associates, and others came together this week to recognize an award-winning intersection project in southern Chester County.
WHAT: Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) will host a press conference in conjunction with local event venues, caterers and other businesses negatively impacted by Gov. Tom Wolf’s targeted mitigation measures to announce legislation that would benefit the events industry by allowing them to safely operate at 50% capacity.
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Education asking them to issue guidance that will ensure school transportation for students returning to in-person education.
HARRISBURG – Once again, answering the people’s demands that Gov. Tom Wolf’s tyrannical abuse of emergency powers must be terminated and never imposed again, Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) is circulating a memorandum asking colleagues in the state House to co-sponsor an emergency constitutional amendment requiring legislative approval of any emergency disaster proclamations that extend beyond 30 days.
HARRISBURG – Thousands of honest, hard-working and eligible Pennsylvania workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic still have not received the unemployment compensation (UC) benefits they deserve.
WHAT: With so many Pennsylvanians applying for Unemployment Compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic and some of them still waiting to receive answers, the House Labor and Industry Committee will host a virtual informational meeting to identify reasons behind the system’s failure at the time applicants and their families needed it to work.
HARRISBURG – Today, Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) joined together to unveil two pieces of legislation that will impact sports, extracurricular activities and educational opportunities for students during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Department of Health Secretary Rachael Levine told reporters no “granular data” was used in making the decision to recommend extracurricular and recreational sports be halted until 2021. In response, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – With Pennsylvania restaurant owners banding together and standing up to the governor last week after his latest restaurant restrictions continued to cripple these businesses, Rep. Gary W. Day (R-Berks/Lehigh) has introduced restaurant pandemic assistance legislation as an option to help businesses stay afloat.
WHAT: Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) will host a press conference to unveil two pieces of legislation that will impact sports, extracurricular activities and educational opportunities for students during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
HARRISBURG – With most state agency’s office still closed in response to COVID-19, Reps. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Seth Grove (R- York) sent to the Office of Administration a letter requesting information in regard to residents having trouble contacting employees about core government services.
HARRISBURG – A report from the Joint State Government Commission identified more than 40 vacant sites that could be considered as potential drug treatment centers, according to Rep. Jim Gregory, who authored legislation that precipitated the report.
HARRISBURG - Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that school and recreational youth sports be canceled until Jan. 1, 2021:
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) urging the body to make an independent stand from Gov. Tom Wolf’s “strong recommendation” that interscholastic sports do not resume until January 2021 and stay the course with allowing fall sports to safely continue as previously planned.
HARRISBURG – Today, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has yet to spend almost two-thirds of the $104 million Pennsylvania received from the federal CARES Act dedicated to improve internet connectivity, including rural broadband access, for K-12 and college students across Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – On the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden recommendation for schools to suspend sports until Jan. 1, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) filed a series of Right-to-Know (RTK) requests with the Department of Health and Department of Education. The requests seek the data Wolf used to make his decision.
HARRISBURG – Responding to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (PIAA) and the governor’s decision to prohibit spectators from attending any fall sports games for the upcoming school year, State Representative Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is speaking out and has joined over 60 House Republicans in sending a letter requesting them to reverse or modify their rulings. Brown provided the following statement on this matter.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) announced today that they have introduced legislation to permit Small Games of Chance (SGOC) licensees to conduct games online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Events to raffle popular items such as golf equipment and other items have become important community fundraisers throughout Pennsylvania. COVID-19 restrictions have greatly inhibited the fire departments, veterans associations and other nonprofit organizations that rely on revenue from these events.
HARRISBURG – A recent ruling in federal district court highlights the need for Pennsylvania to enact its own False Claims Act, said Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), who spearheaded an initiative to ensure taxpayer dollars are not being used fraudulently or misspent.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has asked the PA Department of Health to reduce the wait times for COVID test results.