HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) to permit the licensure of online schools passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 195-2.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) sponsored a resolution this week recognizing students at Keith Valley Middle School for participating in the Keith Valley Challenge and will visit the event to congratulate the students.
HARRISBURG – House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has reappointed Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors and has received House committee assignments for the 2015-16 session.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) announced today that he will co-sponsor legislation to dedicate funding to education and human services. Murt has lent his support to legislation that would impose a drilling tax on the state’s Marcellus Shale and distribute those proceeds to statewide initiatives, including education.
HARRISBURG – In seeking to raise necessary funds for some of the Commonwealth’s top priorities without passing the burden onto working families, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) today held a press conference to discuss legislation to impose a drilling tax within the Marcellus Shale and distribute those proceeds to statewide initiatives.
HARRISBURG – Continuing his commitment to supporting rural Pennsylvania, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has reintroduced legislation to ensure rural communities and taxpayers get their fair share of compensation for state-owned lands.
HARRISBURG – Two pieces of legislation authored by Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) that bring state law into compliance with federal standards were passed by the state House this week. The bills may now be taken up by the state Senate.
Veterans deserve a smooth transition to the civilian workforce after their military service ends. However, many veterans have a hard time finding jobs upon returning to civilian life due to onerous and redundant certification and licensure requirements. To address this, I reintroduced a bill that would streamline certification and licensing processes for veterans and help match them with good-paying jobs faster. That bill passed the House unanimously today.
HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) that would create a more efficient and effective mechanism to reimburse school districts for costs associated with construction projects unanimously passed the House Education Committee today, garnering broad bipartisan support.
WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, led by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) will hold an informational meeting to learn more about the federal Affordable Care Act in relation to the insurance market.
HARRISBURG – A proposal to amend the state’s Constitution to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, said Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of the measure.
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, his legislation creating the offense of cyber harassment of a child was passed unanimously.
WHAT: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and a bipartisan team of lawmakers will announce their plan to impose a drilling tax within the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today paid tribute to longtime community volunteer and public servant, Samir Ashmar of Breinigsville, who passed away in November at the age of 51, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks).
HARRISBURG – Taking a stand against what can only be described as modern-day slavery, Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) authored House Resolution 40, making January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution was unanimously passed by the House earlier this week.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth) has been appointed to serve on four standing House committees for the 2015-16 session. Emrick, who is entering his third term in office, is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Human Services and Professional Licensure committees.
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Wednesday approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) that would help raise awareness about a provision in state law aimed at helping veterans acquire civil service jobs in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kristin Philips-Hill (R-York Township) today joined members of the House Education Committee in unanimously passing House Bill 158, legislation which would give school districts flexibility in addressing days lost to bad weather. The bill may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) today announced that he has introduced legislation that would make the ignition interlock program mandatory for certain first-time DUI offenders and, in those cases where the interlock program is applied, reduce driver’s license suspension requirements.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) today announced that he has been assigned to serve on the following House committees during the 2015-16 legislative session: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary, and Transportation. Keller was a member of the same four committees during the previous two sessions.