WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will hold a public hearing to learn more about efforts to attract large businesses to southeastern Pennsylvania. Among the issues to be discussed will include challenges to attract business and industry to this region of the state, along with suggestions for improvement.
EAST STROUDSBURG – Continuing to shed light on the current health crisis caused by Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in the Commonwealth, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) along with Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren), chairwoman of the House Health Committee, and other committee members held a public hearing to talk with local and state officials and their recommendations about how the state can combat this crisis.
WHAT: Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation to repeal the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) flexible pricing ability (House Bill 1512).
WHAT: Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will be hosting Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren), chairwoman of the House Health Committee, and other committee members for a public hearing to discuss Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses as well as obstacles, suggestions, current endeavors and future concerns to be considered.
ERIE - In June, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) declaring Sept. 7, 2019, as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: The House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York County), will host a public hearing on Sunday hunting, which is illegal in Pennsylvania. The Senate passed legislation in June that would allow three days of Sunday hunting each calendar year, including one during rifled deer season and one during statewide deer archery season.
HARRISBURG – Tasked with the imperative job of seeing Pennsylvanian’s dairy industry grow and thrive into the next decade, the recently established Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission added two additional members who both bring multi-generational, on-the-farm experience to the commission.
WHAT: Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) will be sworn in as the new state representative of the 85th Legislative District. Rowe won the Aug. 20 special election to fill the seat vacated by now-United States Congressman Fred Keller.
EFFORT – Area veterans joined Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) and other state and local officials Wednesday to officially dedicate a portion of Route 115 in Monroe County as the Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today filed two pieces of legislation which would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Hearing regarding House Bill 1773 and House Bill 1786.
WHAT: The House Manufacturing Caucus, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), and the House Cement Caucus, chaired by Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), will host a factory tour as a way to educate their colleagues about the cement and concrete industry.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), and House Appropriations Committee will travel to the Lehigh Valley to tour and hold a roundtable discussion at Ben Franklin TechVentures, a business-technology incubator owned and operated by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP). BFTP/NEP invests in and supports early-stage, technology-based companies and established manufacturers to create and retain jobs, and advance technologies that improve the human condition. BFTP/NEP provides technical and business expertise, referrals and resources, and networking opportunities in addition to funding.
MEDIA – Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) commended the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for fining Sunoco Pipeline, LP more than $300,000 for unauthorized discharges of drilling fluids throughout the state including into Chester Creek and other wetlands in Middletown Township.
HARRISBURG – The Special Education Funding Commission, which was originally established in Act 3 of 2012 to review and make recommendations regarding special education funding, is being reconstituted to review the current formula that determines special education payments to school districts in Pennsylvania, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.
HARRISBURG – In light of the recent assault of a local young man with intellectual disabilities on the Hoodlebug Trail in Homer City, Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) has come out in strong support for the victim and his family, as well as all persons with disabilities who are the victims of these heinous crimes.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) circulated a co-sponsor memo today for legislation to allow students in Harrisburg City schools to attend a school of their choice through tuition scholarships.
FAYETTE COUNTY – Seeking to make beer and wine more accessible and convenient for residents to purchase, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), majority chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee held a public hearing to discuss Rep. Matt Dowling’s (R-Fayette/Somerset) Customer Convenience Permit legislation, House Bill 1644.
EAST STROUDSBURG – Looking to continue to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), Rich and Anna Levitan, and many others spoke at a reception in Buck Hill, co-hosted by Weiler Corporation and TextLess Live More, on Friday, Aug. 23.
HARRISBURG – Leaders of the House Republican Caucus issued the following statement regarding recommendations issued after a grand jury investigation into a former member.