Earlier this year, the media’s focus on COVID-19 centered on fears that the virus would overwhelm America’s health care services. In response, state governors—including Gov. Tom Wolf—began suspending regulations to improve capacity and care. These suspensions contained the implicit understanding that some regulations in health care do more harm than good. Why else suspend them during a crisis?
HARRISBURG – Members of the York County Republican delegation are questioning the timing and business acumen of Gov. Tom Wolf, who on Thursday announced an effort to address the financial struggles of Pennsylvania’s restaurants, bars and taverns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor, who this week vetoed legislation that would have removed certain operating restrictions on the hospitality industry, is pushing to have standard liquor licensing fees waived for the 2021 calendar year.
HARRISBURG – With only a short time before the 2019-20 legislative session comes to a close, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is proud to announce that her school board email legislation (House Bill 703) will advance to the governor’s desk for approval and her pediatric vision screening bill (House Bill 1342) passed the full House.
HARRISBURG—The Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to require insurance companies to show the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance they are offering mental health coverage at the same level as coverage for physical illness.
HARRISBURG – After achieving unanimous passage in both the House and Senate, Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s (R-Luzerne) mental health parity legislation (House Bill 1439) now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.
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HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), author of the groundbreaking Clean Slate Act of 2018, has successfully passed another piece of criminal justice reform legislation which now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature into law following bipartisan General Assembly approval Wednesday on her House Bill 440.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Clint Owlett’s (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) bill to help remove barriers to the expansion of broadband internet service in rural areas is on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature to become law.
HARRISBURG-- Legislation sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) designed to support emergency responders and improve the delivery of state resources to the fire and EMS systems in Pennsylvania heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the General Assembly has passed House Bill 1673, which would aid volunteer first responder organizations by addressing several recommendations made in the Senate Resolution 6 (SR6) Report.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today announced that the General Assembly has passed House Bill 1673, which would aid volunteer first responder organizations by addressing several recommendations made in the Senate Resolution 6 (SR6) Report.
HARRISBURG – The House on Tuesday voted on concurrence legislation by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) to reform and secure Pennsylvania’s pension systems. House Bill 1961 now goes to the governor for his signature.
HARRISBURG – When state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) asked - and was appointed - to serve on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, one of his focal points was making a difference for our emergency responders. Today, he’s one step closer to achieving that goal.
HARRISBURG – Legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Tim Bonner (R-Mercer/Butler) that will freeze Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) for state government officials beginning Dec. 1, 2020 through Nov. 30, 2021, has been signed into law by the governor.
HARRISBURG – The House today approved legislation, which includes a measure to create a statewide commerce court. Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), who authored the bill to create the business court, issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – The state Senate today approved House Bill 86, bringing Pennsylvania one step closer to a new law that would display the POW/MIA flag on Commonwealth property statewide along with the U.S. flag and flag of Pennsylvania, Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) announced today.
HARRISBURG – In their ongoing efforts to eliminate obstacles and create higher education opportunities for those who need them most, Reps. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) and Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) today introduced legislation to “ban the box” on applications for public colleges and universities.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) issued the following statement after a House vote to override the governor’s veto of House Bill 2513 failed to garner enough votes. The bill would have allowed the state’s restaurants, bars and clubs to expand their operations safely.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) issued the following statement regarding tonight’s failed veto override of House Bill 2513, which would have allowed Pennsylvania restaurants and the hospitality industry to operate safely and have a better chance of survival: “The cooler weather is on its way to the Commonwealth, which means that outdoor dining will not be an attractive option for many people. Our restaurants are going to be even more challenged.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to improve the affordability and accessibility of emergency medical services training in rural areas has been approved by both the House and Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.