Keefer Shawn’s Law Bill Sent to Governor for Signature

Sep. 21, 2021 /

HARRISBURG ¬– Rep. Dawn Keefer’s (R-Dillsburg) Shawn’s Law (House Bill 184), to hold accountable people who instruct, cause or solicit another person to take his or her own life, is going to the governor for his signature after being approved by the House on concurrence today.

Benninghoff Supports Extension of Ida Disaster Emergency Declaration

Sep. 21, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Tuesday voted in support of House Resolution 139, which would extend the provisions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Aug. 31 disaster emergency declaration relative to the aftereffects of Tropical Storm Ida.

Benninghoff Votes for Greater Information Sharing to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic

Sep. 21, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Tuesday voted in support of an amendment to House Bill 1774 that would allow for increased information sharing between departments of material from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as a tool to help the Commonwealth combat the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

Struzzi Supports Increased Funding for Broadband Access

Sep. 21, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) is cosponsoring and supporting legislation that would give his constituents and residents in rural communities throughout Pennsylvania access to high-speed internet service.

Benninghoff Supports Ward Resolution on Prisoner Reallocation

Sep. 21, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Tuesday morning voted in support of a resolution offered by Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) during a meeting of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission that would put additional guidelines on how prisoner reallocation data is to be compiled and counted by, among other things, ensuring that individuals incarcerated to a minimum sentence expiring after April 1, 2030, will be counted at the prison at which they reside.

Delozier Announces Two Children and Youth Bills Passed in the House

Sep. 20, 2021 /

HARRISBURG?- A bill that would amend Title 67 (Public Welfare) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues involving provisions related to adoption opportunities, family finding and kinship care, passed the House of Representatives on Monday, the bill was sponsored by Children and Youth Chairman Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland).

Causer Bill to Invest $100 Million in Broadband Expansion

Sep. 20, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Continuing his commitment to bring additional high-speed internet service to rural communities across the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) has introduced bipartisan legislation to commit $100 million in federal stimulus funding to the effort.

Cutler, Benninghoff Discuss Legislative Agenda

Sep. 20, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), held a press conference Monday morning discussing the legislative agenda for the House of Representatives for the next few weeks.

Grove Reintroduces Voting Rights Protection Act

Sep. 17, 2021 /

HARRISBURG ¬– In the few months since Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act (formerly House Bill 1300), Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) reintroduced today the measure as House Bill 1800 after the governor says he now supports voter identification.

Ryan Wins Battle for Data that Kept Lebanon County Closed in Pandemic

Sep. 16, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) won a major victory this week when the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) finally surrendered data he requested more than a year ago. At issue is the data the Wolf administration used to prevent Lebanon County businesses from reopening following the statewide shutdown.

Good Data and Testing Key COVID Measures, Speaker Says

Sep. 15, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – In response to repeated requests by the Legislature, the Wolf administration has finally provided additional data on Pennsylvanians currently suffering from COVID-19 infections, direct consequences of individual vaccination choices and who is most at risk for infection. Pennsylvanians now have a much clearer picture about the current COVID-19 challenges facing our Commonwealth.

House Working to Address Concerns Over Mask Mandate, James Says

Sep. 15, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – The House Health Committee on Tuesday voted to adopt a letter requesting a determination from the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents on whether the regulatory process and the Regulatory Review Act applies to the acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s indoor mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care centers.

Keefer Joins Committee in Call to Review Mask Mandate

Sep. 15, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Recognizing the means in which Gov. Tom Wolf, through the Department of Health, issued a statewide mask mandate for students and school staff, exceeded his authority, Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg) joined members of the House Health Committee to call on the Joint Committee on Documents to review the mandate.

Staats, Quinn Unveil Child Welfare Reform Legislation in Memory of Grace Packer

Sep. 15, 2021 /

DOYLESTOWN - Reps. Craig Staats (R-Bucks) and Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) announced the introduction of a legislative package to better protect children in the Pennsylvania child welfare system. The bills are crafted in honor of Grace Packer, a 14-year-old girl who was murdered in Bucks County by her adoptive mother and her adoptive mother’s boyfriend in 2016.

Mackenzie Leads Hearing on Ballot Order Selection

Sep. 14, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – To ensure elections are conducted in a fair manner, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R- Berks/Lehigh), chairman of the House State Government Subcommittee on Campaign Finance and Elections, today led a hearing at the state Capitol on ballot order selection and randomization.