UNIONTOWN – In the vein of an overarching theme driven by House Republican Caucus this legislative session, state Reps. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), Seth Grove (R-York) and Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) drafted the Reinventing Government bill package to create better government, more economic prosperity and stronger communities.
WHAT: Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), majority chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Rep. Matt Dowling’s (R-Fayette/Somerset) Customer Convenience Permit legislation, House Bill 1644.
MEDIA – State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) has renewed his push to close the gun show loophole for background checks.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) announced today that he has been appointed to serve on the Public Higher Education Funding Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration and operations.
WHAT: Looking to continue to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will be speaking at a reception co-hosted by Weiler Corporation and TextLess Live More, a student-led organization formed after 18-year-old Merritt Levitan was killed after being struck by a distracted driver.
CARLISLE – To learn more about a variety of businesses throughout southcentral Pennsylvania and the challenges they face in creating good jobs for Pennsylvanians, the House Majority Policy Committee toured several locations in the region this week, according to Policy Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest).
For years, if not decades, people have urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to come up with a viable solution for relief from school property taxes that are forcing senior citizens out of their homes. But their appeals appeared to fall on deaf ears. Believe me, I know the frustration as I was one of those people asking my elected officials to fix this problem.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled his proposal to eliminate school property taxes at a Capitol press conference today. The measure, House Bill 13, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, would replace 100% of all school property taxes. The entire press conference can be viewed on Ryan’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/RepFrankRyan.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) is introducing a package of bills targeting violent criminals who use firearms.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to Carlisle to host a roundtable discussion with local businesses, education institutions and organizations. Topics to be discussed will include workforce development, state taxation, regulatory reform and transportation logistics. This is part of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.
HARRISBURG — Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s gun violence prevention executive order:
HARRISBURG – As a former legislative staff member and nearly five-term member of the Legislature, state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) has been on the front lines of the property tax debate. For that reason, she has been appointed to serve on a School Property Tax Working Group that met Monday for the second time. The group consists of House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle.
A press conference to detail and answer questions about the School Property Tax Elimination Act (House Bill 13) that would replace school property as a means of funding basic education with a modification in the Sales and Use Tax and the Personal Income Tax.
HARRISBURG - Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement on the passing of Bruce Hanson, director of research for the House Republican Caucus:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer asking him to conduct a thorough investigation of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Board of Probation and Parole following several recent murders by state parolees.
PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – The Commonwealth’s efforts to protect the state’s food supply through animal health and biosecurity initiatives was the focus of a joint meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Wednesday during Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will join with the House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), to observe Operation Hurricane, a full-scale exercise coordinated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
WHAT: The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will hold a joint informational meeting to discuss dangerous livestock disease threats and the importance of biosecurity/efforts to keep the food supply secure.
The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to State College, Centre County, to learn more about the Happy Valley Launchbox, an innovation hub that connects local entrepreneurs to resources, facilities and supports, such as working spaces and legal and intellectual property advice. Launchbox is intended to help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes and grow their businesses.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order last week that overhauls Pennsylvania’s protective services systems, including the creation of a child advocate position within state government.