WHAT: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Sen. Maria Collett, RN (D-Montgomery/Bucks) will lead a press conference to announce their legislation to set safe nurse-to-patient limits in Pennsylvania hospitals. The bills are an important part of keeping patients in hospitals and acute long-term settings safe, and ensuring they receive the best care possible.
HARRISBURG – In a bipartisan effort to prepare Pennsylvania’s youth for the 21st century workforce, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) has teamed up with Reps. Kate Klunk (R-York) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) to introduce legislation which would allow high school students to obtain real-world work experience while still in school.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would allow for greater tracking of stolen jewelry and other items containing precious metals, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), who has been working on this issue since 2012.
WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold an informational meeting with a panel of judges to provide an overview of state criminal justice procedure and to comment on proposed criminal justice reform initiatives.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has been appointed by House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) to serve on the newly created House Government Oversight Committee for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
WHAT: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will hold a committee meeting to vote on three bills:
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) will hold a voting meeting to consider House Resolution 147 (Gregory) directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of unused properties, buildings, and facilities owned by the Commonwealth and how to repurpose them for addiction treatment and recovery supports. This resolution was discussed at the committee hearing on March 12. Additionally, the committee will recommend House Bill 316 (Owlett) be re-referred to the House Children and Youth Committee. This legislation establishes a task force focused on the impact the opioid abuse epidemic is having on the children of the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has been recognized by the Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania organization for her support of legislation aimed at providing equal rights to crime victims by ensuring constitutional protections.
WHAT: House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) will host a committee meeting where members will consider House Bill 785, introduced by Rep. Kate Klunk (York), that would provide non-union workers in public-sector union shops with information about their First Amendment rights and also repeal “fair share fee” provisions of Pennsylvania’s labor laws that were recently deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) has been appointed by Chairman Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana) to serve as secretary of the House Liquor Control Committee during the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to ensure that the offense of strangulation is as fully incorporated into our body of laws as other similarly violent and threatening offenses has formally been introduced.
HARRISBURG – The state House Labor and Industry Committee today approved an unemployment compensation reform bill introduced by Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) that aims to help unemployed workers like those who lost their jobs at the Joy Global Inc. plant in Franklin in 2016.
HARRISBURG – The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) that would provide civil immunity for damages resulting from forcibly entering a motor vehicle to rescue an individual.
HARRISBURG ¬– Recognizing that not all students go to a traditional four-year college, the House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) urging the federal government to allow educational savings accounts to be used for workforce training expenses.
HARRISBURG – Legislation which would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child, sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton), was overwhelmingly approved by the House Judiciary Committee today and sent to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.
HARRISBURG—The House Judiciary Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to criminalize the act of female genital mutilation (FGM).
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) that would help to enhance the recovery treatment for patients with a drug addiction was the focus of a hearing today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg conducted by the House Human Services Committee. Heffley is a member of the committee, which is chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks).
HARRISBURG – To ensure Pennsylvania businesses are dealt with an effective and efficient manner during the legal process, the House Judiciary Committee today approved legislation by House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) to allow for statewide Commerce Courts.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today led a voting meeting of the committee in which several bills were approved to help further protect children in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – To provide more time to recover stolen property, the House approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria/Somerset) that would allow for greater tracking by law enforcement of stolen jewelry and other items containing precious metals, as well as fight the opioid epidemic as the sales often fund the purchase of illegal drugs.