White Co-Sponsors Bill to Provide Workbooks for Nonpublic School Students

Nov. 12, 2015 /

HARRISBURG — In a move to prevent nonpublic schools from experiencing a delay or loss of access to workbooks, Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) has co-sponsored legislation to ensure that, in the event of a delay in the enactment of the state’s budget, students in nonpublic schools are not denied access to educational workbooks.

York County House Republican Delegation Supports Increased Patient Access to Test Information

Nov. 12, 2015 /

HARRISBURG- The House of Representatives voted this week for House Bill 1233, sponsored by state Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks), which would improve patient access to out-patient diagnostic imaging test results. The legislation would require the imaging service entity to directly notify the patient between 7-20 days after the results were sent to the ordering health care practitioner, if there is a finding of an abnormality which requires follow-up care. The report must detail the results of the test and a statement that the patient is receiving the notice due to an abnormal finding.

White Bill to Protect Police IDs Passes Committee

Nov. 10, 2015 /

HARRISBURG—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) to protect the identities of police officers and their families when the officer is involved in a shooting has unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee.

Fire and EMS Tax Credit Bill Passes Committee Unanimously, Warner Says

Nov. 10, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner’s (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) legislation authorizing municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits for active volunteers of a fire company or emergency medical service (EMS) company passed the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support on Monday.

Adams-York Delegation Backs Effort to Close Welfare Loophole

Nov. 10, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Thanks to a strong bipartisan vote, the state House Monday passed legislation that would address attempts to “double dip” when applying for public assistance. Under House Bill 1322, which may now be taken up by the state Senate, anyone who moves to Pennsylvania would have to list places where they lived before and received welfare benefits. The legislation also requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to notify the other state or states of the change in residency of the applicant.

Toohil’s No-Fault Divorce Bill Heads to Senate

Nov. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), which would reduce the waiting time to obtain a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania, today was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives. House Bill 380 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Barrar Champions Important Legislation to Support First Responders

Nov. 05, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – As majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) commends Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) on the signing of his bill that provides first responder organizations the opportunity to solicit donations at intersections. In September, the bill received support from the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Warner Bill Would Authorize Tax Credits for Emergency Responders

Nov. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today introduced legislation that would authorize municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits for active volunteers of a fire company or emergency medical service (EMS) company.

Governor Signs Gingrich Township Code Bill into Law

Nov. 02, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) to reform the First Class Township Code and update how first-class townships operate was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

New State Law Changes Requirements for Tax Collectors, Says Keller

Oct. 29, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation that provides for greater accountability of locally elected tax collectors and includes a qualification exam, a continuing education program and criminal background checks for new tax collectors was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, said Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland).

Petri Bill to Establish Cultural Districts Clears House Committee

Oct. 29, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation by its chairman, Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), which would allow for the creation of Cultural Improvement Districts (CID) in the Commonwealth to help with community improvement efforts and enable municipalities to generate needed tourism revenue.

Gabler, Sankey Announce Opening of LIHEAP Program

Oct. 29, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for home heating assistance this Monday, Nov. 2, according to state Reps. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria).