HARRISBURG – Today, legislation authored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) to benefit foster children was approved by the House of Representatives. The bill would authorize the caregivers of children and youth who are in out-of-home placement (i.e., foster care) to approve or disapprove their foster child’s participation in age-appropriate extracurricular, family and social activities without prior approval or disapproval of that participation from the county child welfare agency, private placement agency, or the court.
HARRISBURG –School districts, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers and PennDOT are reminding drivers of Pennsylvania’s school bus safety laws with Operation Safe Stop, an awareness and enforcement event held across the Commonwealth as a part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs from Oct. 19-23, said State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York).
WHAT: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will conduct a joint public hearing with the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees to discuss the Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program.
HARRISBURG – The state House today voted unanimously in favor of legislation drafted by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) to increase the minimum state active duty pay for Pennsylvania National Guard members from $75 to $100 per day.
HARRISBURG – In order to change the way statewide appellate court judges are chosen by replacing partisan judicial elections with a merit selection system, House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) moved legislation to introduce a constitutional amendment that would do just that during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting.
HARRISBURG – Legislative language drafted by Reps. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) to separate politics from the Commonwealth’s justice system by establishing a merit-based system for appointing statewide appellate judges passed the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today.
HARRISBURG – The House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), today passed legislation that would make it easier for hunters to acquire an antlerless deer license in Pennsylvania. House Bill 231, authored by Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne), may now be considered by the full House.
HARRISBURG – In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives today endorsed legislation, authored by Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), to give motorcyclists and other drivers the option to proceed with caution through an intersection when trapped at an unresponsive traffic light.
HARRISBURG – To help keep teens safe behind the wheel, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) has again authored legislation to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and seek solutions to preventing unnecessary teen deaths on the road.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) issued this statement after receiving confirmation that Gov. Tom Wolf would be making a visit to Connellsville today to defend his requested tax increases to city council members.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) issued the following statement asking the attorney general to investigate the Department of Education’s payment of gaming revenues to charter schools during the current budget impasse:
HARRISBURG – Legislation to forever acknowledge and remember the sacrifice of a local hero killed in action was passed Monday in the House, said Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), author of the proposal.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to return Philadelphia and Pittsburgh teachers to classrooms in which they were hired to work, state Reps. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver/Washington) today unveiled legislation to end a practice known as “ghost teaching.”
HARRISBURG – A resolution sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) urging employers to consider those with special needs has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York) will convene a joint informational meeting focusing on the implementation of the online voter registration system, the registration process and the various features the system contains. Members will also have the opportunity to examine the boundaries of the governor’s executive authority to implement an online voter registration system.
HARRISBURG – In another attempt to try and release critical state funding to human service agencies and schools while final budget negotiations continue, state Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) today participated in a press conference to introduce a package of fiscal lifeline bills.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania families who have children enrolled in the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program would not see any changes to their coverage if the program is moved to another state agency, under legislation examined by the House Insurance Committee on Monday, said committee chairman, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).
HARRISBURG – In a renewed effort to release critical state funding to serve individuals, families, Pennsylvanians in need and school children, state Reps. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Dan Moul (R-Adams) today announced the introduction of a fiscal lifelines package.
WHAT: State Reps. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) will discuss House Bill 1649, legislation that would address “ghost” teachers in the School District of Philadelphia taking leave from the classroom to work for their union while still earning their pay and benefits and accruing time toward their pension.
WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, led by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) will hold an informational meeting to learn more about whether the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should be part of the Department of Human Services. Currently, the program is administered by the state Insurance Department.