Bernstine, Kail Urge Governor to Explore Use of Ellwood City Hospital

Mar. 27, 2020 /

WHAT: Reps. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) and Joshua Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) will hold a Facebook press conference after drafting a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and asking him to issue an executive order to use potential assets of the former Ellwood City Hospital due to the coronavirus crisis. The facility closed its emergency department in December 2019 for numerous safety violations. Months later, the parent company shut down the entire hospital and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Toohil ‘Extremely Disappointed’ in Wolf’s Veto of Job Creation Bill

Mar. 27, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 1100 on Friday. The legislation would create an Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit as an incentive for natural gas companies to build manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and employ hundreds of workers.

With More Than 700,000 PA Unemployment Claims, Turzai Crafts Legislation to Allow Construction Projects Proceed

Mar. 27, 2020 /

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Allegheny County -- Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) has prepared legislation to allow all construction projects in Pennsylvania to move forward as long as mitigation efforts are undertaken to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in accordance with regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

House Acts to Help Pennsylvania Through COVID-19 Crisis

Mar. 25, 2020 /

Education, employment, election and funding bills to help Pennsylvanians pass in historic House session HARRISBURG – At a time when every Pennsylvanian is facing unprecedented challenges, the House of Representatives acted to ensure important aspects of our lives will continue to operate, those on the front lines of the crisis are protected and empowered, and schools will educate all of our children.

House Responds to COVID-19 Crisis in Historic Remote Session, Turzai Says

Mar. 25, 2020 /

First time since 1682 that all members could vote remotely HARRISBURG – Concluding a historic week of session, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the first time since its establishment in 1682 allowed members to remain in their districts as they voted on legislation – whether in committee or on the floor of the House, Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced today.

Rowe, Ryan Bill Would Aid Working Families During Emergency

Mar. 19, 2020 /

HARRISBURG —Reps. David Rowe (R-Union/Snyder) and Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) are sponsoring legislation to suspend the personal income tax and state sales tax to protect working families adversely impacted by mitigation efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

Kaufer Introducing Vital Unemployment Compensation Legislation for Small Business Owners

Mar. 19, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – With the current statewide mitigation causing extreme distress for Pennsylvania small businesses, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) will soon be introducing legislation aimed at requesting a waiver from the federal government for self-employed individuals to be able to collect unemployment compensation during emergency situations like the current one involving COVID-19.

Continuity of Educational Efforts Are Necessary for All PA Students, Speaker Turzai Says

Mar. 17, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – While recognizing the rationale behind the governor’s decision to temporarily close all of Pennsylvania’s schools and universities to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement reminding the education community of the responsibility to teach Pennsylvania’s students, and that learning should not stop during the two-week, possibly more, school closure ordered by the governor.

House Plans Return to Session to Assist in Covid-19 Fight

Mar. 13, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – The House is preparing to return for a historic session week on Monday, March 16. As a result of the Capitol complex being closed to visitors, several committee meetings, hearings and informational sessions have been postponed. Floor proceedings will go on as scheduled with an effort to work as expeditiously as possible to address key issues related to COVID-19. The session schedule could be shortened if legislation to address the virus is agreed upon. There will be no guests in the House chamber or in the gallery.

Ryan Urges Calm; Aims to Chart a Clear Path to Prosperity

Mar. 12, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), a retired Marine reserve colonel with expertise in economic warfare, urged calm today following the World Health Organization’s declaration that COVID-19 is now a worldwide pandemic that is threatening public health and the world economy.