House Majority Policy Committee to Hold Philadelphia Hearing on Economic Competitiveness

Sep. 09, 2019 /

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.

Brown, House Health Committee Host Public Hearing Discussing Impact of Tick-Borne Illnesses in PA

Sep. 09, 2019 /

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.

House Committee Hearing to Focus on Sunday Hunting

Sep. 06, 2019 /

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.

New State Legislator to Take Oath of Office Sept. 17

Sep. 05, 2019 /

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.

House Members to Tour Lehigh Valley Cement Manufacturer

Aug. 30, 2019 /

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.

House Committees to Visit Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ TechVentures

Aug. 30, 2019 /

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.

Quinn Responds to Fine Levied Against Sunoco

Aug. 29, 2019 /

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.

Special Education Funding Commission Reconstituted

Aug. 28, 2019 /

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.

House Liquor Control Committee Gathers to Discuss Customer Convenience Permits Legislation

Aug. 27, 2019 /

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.