HARRISBURG – Legislation to bring fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth earned the unanimous support of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee today, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.
WHAT: The House and Senate Coal caucuses, co-chaired by Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-60), Rep. Ted Harhai (D-48), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and Sen. John Wozniak (D-35), will hold a public hearing on the federal government’s proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing sources.
HARRISBURG — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) that would make Pennsylvania the next state to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other related “vaping” products to minors (House Bill 954) unanimously passed the state House today.
HARRISBURG – The state House today in Harrisburg approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) that would increase penalties on people convicted of trafficking infants in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Action is sorely needed to address Pennsylvania’s outdated school construction reimbursement process, a group of lawmakers, including Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), said today. Grove authored House Bill 210 to address the loss of taxpayer and school district funds and to modernize the process. Companion legislation, Senate 694 sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), recently gained committee passage in the Senate.
HARRISBURG—The Government Reform Caucus today expressed its support for legislation that would strengthen state law regarding gifts to public officials.
WHAT: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will lead the committee in a vote on a number of bills to benefit veterans and emergency service providers
WHAT: The state House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will hold an informational meeting to discuss legislation introduced by Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester) that aims to encourage transparency and accountability with regard to premiums owed to Pennsylvania dairy farmers. House Bill 1265 would require that written statements accompanying payments made to a dairy farmer clearly delineate the dollar amount of the total that consists of money collected from the state mandated over-order premium.
Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) will bring together school officials in continuing to spearhead legislative efforts to both reform and increase funding for the school construction reimbursement process. Grove has sponsored House Bill 210 to replace PlanCon (also known as the “Planning Construction Workbook”) with a new system called ArcCon, which stands for the “Accountability and Reducing Costs in Construction Process.”
HARRISBURG – The fees associated with child abuse clearances and criminal background checks would be waived for volunteers who work with children under an amendment unanimously endorsed by the House this week, Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) said.
The Government Reform Caucus will host a news conference to discuss its support of legislation that prohibits the acceptance of transportation, lodging, hospitality or anything of economic value as a gift.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) today ordered three special elections be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to fill the vacant seats in the 174th Legislative District in Philadelphia; the 191st Legislative District in Philadelphia and Delaware counties; and the 195th Legislative District in Philadelphia.
HARRISBURG – Representing a victory for Pennsylvania’s volunteer ambulance companies and Commonwealth citizens, yesterday the House passed a bill with unanimous support authored by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) to secure the fiscal health of ambulance companies.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee and outspoken advocate for children, the elderly and people with disabilities, responded to a letter by the Wolf administration today that threatened funding for the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) and other associations receiving funds for vocational rehabilitation services if a budget is not passed by July 1. The administration’s letter further threatens that expenses will not be reimbursed or paid retroactively if passage is delayed.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) released the following statement after the House unanimously voted to endorse an amendment, introduced by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams), that would waive the fees that volunteers must pay for background checks. The two fees are associated with Act 153, the child protection laws that were signed into law last year. The amendment waiving the fees was added to House Bill 1276, which the House is expected to consider on final passage next week.
PHILADELPHIA – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) hosted an energy roundtable today at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex that focused on building Philadelphia into a global energy hub.
HARRISBURG – State agriculture leaders told lawmakers Wednesday they are taking several steps to prepare for the likelihood of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The state House today approved Rep. Martin Causer’s (R-Turtlepoint) legislation to increase the income eligibility limit for the state’s reduced-fee vehicle registration program for retirees. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) on Wednesday voted for a bill approved by the House that could lift a burden off patients and streamline the way ambulance companies are reimbursed when they provide services.
WHAT: Media event with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) uniting labor and business leaders and veterans in calling for responsible expansion of natural gas usage, infrastructure development and building a global energy hub in Greater Philadelphia.