Oberlander, House Speaker Welcome U.S. Energy Official to Western PA

May. 17, 2019 /

BEAVER – The vast potential of energy and economic opportunity was highlighted at a roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes held by the House Majority Policy Committee at the Beaver County Courthouse in Beaver on Thursday, according to Policy Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest).

House Republican Leaders’ Statement on Rep. Sims

May. 15, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – House Republican leaders are issuing the following statement: “Rep. Brian Sims’ actions reflect the worst in how people should behave and treat one another in a civil society. No one should ever be subjected to any form of harassment or intimidation because they choose to exercise their constitutional rights to pray or peacefully advocate.

Ryan Legislation Setting 10-Year Limit on State Tax Collections Passes Finance Committee

May. 15, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve legislation authored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) to establish a 10-year time period for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DoR) to collect assessed Personal Income Tax and Corporate Net Income Tax. Under current law, there is no time period for the DoR to collect assessed Personal Income Taxes.

Murt Bill to Increase Lottery Profits for Seniors Passes House

May. 15, 2019 /

HARRISBURG—The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia), chairman of the committee, to increase lottery profits by lowering the rate of return of lottery games. The increased profits would go to programs for seniors that are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Kauffman Leads Committee in Advancing Legislation to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The House Judiciary Committee today approved three House bills to increase the safety of Pennsylvania homeowners, minors and those who are the targets of sexual extortion, reported Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the committee. One of the bills is being sponsored by Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton), also a member of the committee.

Committee Approves Wentling Bill to Help Curb Predatory Animals

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – To assist hunters of predatory animals that are mainly active at night, the House Game and Fisheries Committee approved House Bill 1188, introduced by Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer). Wentling’s bill would give the state Game Commission the authority to allow hunters to use thermal and night vision equipment.

Bipartisan Bill to End Child Marriage Moves Out of Committee

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – State Reps. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) and Perry Warren (D-Bucks) announced that legislation that would prohibit child marriage in Pennsylvania before the age of 18 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today and can now be considered by the full House.

House Committee Approves Cox Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

May. 14, 2019 /

House Committee Approves Cox Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

HARRISBURG – The state House Health Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) that would help health care professionals identify and treat patients who previously overdosed on opioids.

Boback, Toohil Push for Passage of Foster Care Legislation

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The challenges faced by young people as they age out of foster care was the focus of an informational hearing conducted by the House Children and Youth Committee today. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming), who chairs the committee, and Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who serves as committee vice chair, also held a news conference with stakeholders to discuss legislation that would make improvements to Pennsylvania’s foster care system.

Boback, Toohil to Discuss Foster Care Legislation at Capitol News Conference

May. 13, 2019 /

WHAT: House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Vice Chairman Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a news conference to discuss legislation that would improve Pennsylvania’s foster care system. Boback’s measure, House Bill 856, would reinstate the extension of permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies. Toohil’s proposal, House Bill 1326, would create a program to help foster care youth with obtaining driver’s education, training and costs associated with maintaining an auto insurance policy. House Bill 1276, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin), would create a program to assist foster care youth with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.