HARRISBURG – Continuing her work to overcome the budget impasse that has gripped Harrisburg and the Commonwealth for nearly four months, Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) today convened a legislative roundtable at the Capitol focused on education funding. Specifically, Quinn and her colleagues addressed the textbook shortage students in nonpublic schools are currently experiencing.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Craig Staats (R-Bucks) joined his colleagues in voting for House Bill 874, which negates a special state criminal code exception for business management and labor unions in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to restore mandatory minimum sentences for violent criminals who illegally use firearms has passed the House.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) helped advance a pair of bills out of the House Health Committee Monday that address the needs of diabetic students while in school, as well as potential abuse of the welfare system. Both pieces of legislation may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to encourage Pennsylvanians to give back to the veterans who have served our country, the state House today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) designating Friday, Nov. 6, as “Pennsylvania Veterans Day of Caring.”
HARRISBURG – Flanked by fellow legislators, top prosecutors from across the state, and victims’ rights advocates, Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) today held a news conference at the Capitol to urge passage of legislation she has introduced that would make strangulation a felony in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Highlighting a special state criminal code exception for business management and labor unions in the Commonwealth, the House voted to prohibit stalking, harassment and threats of violence for everyone, House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said today.
HARRISBURG –House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) was pleased that his legislation to prohibit harassment, stalking or making threats by parties involved in a labor dispute received final passage today, in the House.
HARRISBURG – In order to ensure the independence of the inspector general role, Rep. Mindy Fee (R-Manheim) has introduced legislation to establish the watchdog post by law, and to define the process by which an inspector general would be nominated and confirmed. Fee’s legislation passed the House State Government Committee today.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill) joined the majority of her colleagues on the House Health Committee Monday in passing legislation to address cases of welfare fraud that cross state lines. House Bill 1322, which received bipartisan support, may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) today honored the Odyssey of the Mind team from Daniel Boone Middle School for winning the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship this year.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, today hosted a public hearing with the Senate on potential changes to the Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program.
Here’s a question: How much of your last milk check came from the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board Over-Order Premium? The premium established by the state for your benefit as a dairy farmer. Can you tell if it benefits you? The truth is, many Pennsylvania dairy farmers don’t know. That’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
You’ve probably heard about the Marcellus Shale, but did you know Pennsylvania is leading America’s shale revolution? We’re creating jobs and consumer energy savings, revitalizing manufacturing, and providing a revenue boost to the state as well as to local and county governments, all while enhancing our environment.
WHAT: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), chairman of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Legislative Oversight Committee, will hear from Dr. Robert Lombardi, executive director of the PIAA, regarding the association’s continued compliance with Act 91 of 2009 and to adopt its annual report.
WHAT: Introduction of House Bill 1581, which would establish the offense of criminal strangulation, empowering prosecutors to bring domestic abusers to justice.
HARRISBURG – To help ensure that every dollar of public assistance is used to help the truly needy who reside in Pennsylvania, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) is sponsoring House Bill 1322, which would require applicants for general assistance to disclose previous states in which they have collected public assistance. His bill would also require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to notify other states of the change in residency of the applicant. The measure passed the House Health Committee with bipartisan support, a vote of 18-7, on Monday.
HARRISBURG – The House this week passed two bills that would reduce the state’s debt and require more efficient and transparent use of taxpayer dollars through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and Public Improvement Projects (PIP) programs.
HARRISBURG- Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock) was signed into law this week by the governor as Act 43 of 2015.
HARRISBURG – Two pieces of legislation that would reduce the state’s debt and require more efficient and transparent use of taxpayer dollars through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) were passed by the state House today. House Bill 928
limits the amount of outstanding obligations for existing redevelopment assistance projects to $2.95 billion, while House Bill 930 limits the amount of debt taken on by new projects to $125 million per year while also capping debt for public improvement projects at $350 million per year.