HARRISBURG -- Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) are supporting a bill that would prohibit the use of public assistance cards issued by the Department of Human Services for the purchasing of tobacco.
WHAT: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, will host a hearing to discuss challenges facing Pennsylvania’s economy and business climate, as part of a statewide jobs tour. Local business owners and statewide business associations will provide testimony to the committee on state taxes and regulations, how to improve the state’s business climate, the preparedness of Pennsylvania graduates to fill in-demand jobs and how to attract new business to the area.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is the sponsor of a proposal which would authorize and regulate savings promotion raffles in Pennsylvania. Brown’s House Bill 837 passed the House Commerce Committee on Monday.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Duane Milne (R-Chester), co-sponsor of a bill to prohibit threats and harassment in labor disagreements, is urging the state Senate to approve it as the House did.
HARRISBURG – On Monday, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) spoke on the House floor, recognizing the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), will consider legislation she has sponsored (House Bill 972) to make it easier for customers to receive life insurance policies and annuities by allowing for electronic transmission of such documents.
HARRISBURG – The House on Tuesday passed legislation which closes a loophole that allows certain types of harassment in labor disputes. House Bill 874, which would remove exemptions in the Crimes Code that permit harassment, stalking, and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, passed by a 109-84 margin.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) today voted in favor of House Bill 874, legislation that would close a loophole that has permitted parties in labor disputes to engage in stalking, harassment and threats of violence. The bill passed 109-84 and is headed to the Senate for further consideration.
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 passed through the House today.
WHAT: Unveiling a package of four bills to increase debt transparency and reduce more than $10.5 billion in taxpayer debt burden for Capital Facilities Debt Load and Lease Payment Obligations.
HARRISBURG – The state House today concurred on a bill authored by state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) that would benefit survivors of members of the military or first responders. House Bill 152 now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf signing it into law.
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee voted in favor of Rep. Jerry Knowles’ (R-Carbon/Berks/Schuylkill) legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
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 – The state’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) would be empowered to expunge the disciplinary records of licensees under legislation sponsored by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and approved by the House today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Adam Harris (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) announced that a portion of Pennsylvania Route 22 in Mifflin County will be renamed as the Cpl. John S. Valent Memorial Highway.
HARRISBURG – Legislation which would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child, sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton), was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today and sent to the floor of the House of Representatives for further consideration.
HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee voted Tuesday in favor of several tax relief bills, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), a member of the committee, said.
The bills passed by the committee include:
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock) that would remove the requirement that any cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) be made retroactive to the last COLA. By removing this mandate, House Bill 239 aims to protect taxpayers from excessive tax increases and reinforce local control of county pension boards.
WHAT: Members of the House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh), will tour the Volvo Construction Equipment and Manitowoc Cranes facilities in Franklin County. The tours will be hosted by Reps. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and Paul Schemel (R-Franklin).
HARRISBURG – One of America’s largest outpourings of national grief occurred when Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865. One week later, on April 21, his nine-car funeral train steamed out of Washington, D.C., stopping in the Pennsylvania cities of York, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, for what became one of most historic train journeys in American history. Lincoln’s open coffin was placed in state at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the evening of April 21 through the morning of April 22.