Nearly 1 million PA unemployment claims filed in less than two and a half weeks as business shutdown continues and waivers remain inconsistent
HARRISBURG – The number of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation claims since March 15 are the highest in the nation. To help address this, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced that House Bill 2400, with nearly 100 co-sponsors, will be assigned to the House State Government Committee with an expected committee vote next week. The bill would allow all public and private construction activities to be undertaken that adhere to mitigation measures set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect workers and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
HARRISBURG – House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor issued the following statement in response to the governor’s decision to close off the business exemption waiver program.
MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Allegheny County -- Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) has prepared legislation to allow all construction projects in Pennsylvania to move forward as long as mitigation efforts are undertaken to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in accordance with regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 1100 on Friday. The legislation would create an Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit as an incentive for natural gas companies to build manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and employ hundreds of workers.
HARRISBURG – A bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), which would provide relief to businesses and their employees impacted by mitigation efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, is now on its way to the governor’s desk.
Education, employment, election and funding bills to help Pennsylvanians pass in historic House session
HARRISBURG – At a time when every Pennsylvanian is facing unprecedented challenges, the House of Representatives acted to ensure important aspects of our lives will continue to operate, those on the front lines of the crisis are protected and empowered, and schools will educate all of our children.
First time since 1682 that all members could vote remotely
HARRISBURG – Concluding a historic week of session, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the first time since its establishment in 1682 allowed members to remain in their districts as they voted on legislation – whether in committee or on the floor of the House, Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced today.
HARRISBURG- House Republican Leadership issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all non-life-sustaining business in Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG — In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2019 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Revenue announced today.
HARRISBURG —Reps. David Rowe (R-Union/Snyder) and Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) are sponsoring legislation to suspend the personal income tax and state sales tax to protect working families adversely impacted by mitigation efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.
HARRISBURG – With the current statewide mitigation causing extreme distress for Pennsylvania small businesses, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) will soon be introducing legislation aimed at requesting a waiver from the federal government for self-employed individuals to be able to collect unemployment compensation during emergency situations like the current one involving COVID-19.
HARRISBURG – House Republican Leader Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) issues the following statement:
“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones impacted by the loss of life in Pennsylvania as a result of this pandemic.
HARRISBURG - Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) today introduced a resolution that would allow the General Assembly to terminate the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency declared by the governor, if the need arises.
HARRISBURG – While recognizing the rationale behind the governor’s decision to temporarily close all of Pennsylvania’s schools and universities to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement reminding the education community of the responsibility to teach Pennsylvania’s students, and that learning should not stop during the two-week, possibly more, school closure ordered by the governor.
House clarifies Wolf shutdown order
HARRISBURG – House Republican leaders issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today of a statewide “shut-down”:
Rules allow members to vote remotely and keep House operating
HARRISBURG – House Republican leaders issue the following statement regarding special elections scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, in the 8th, 18th and 58th legislative districts:
Elections in 8th, 18th and 58th districts will be held as scheduled Tuesday, March 17
HARRISBURG – The House is preparing to return for a historic session week on Monday, March 16. As a result of the Capitol complex being closed to visitors, several committee meetings, hearings and informational sessions have been postponed. Floor proceedings will go on as scheduled with an effort to work as expeditiously as possible to address key issues related to COVID-19. The session schedule could be shortened if legislation to address the virus is agreed upon. There will be no guests in the House chamber or in the gallery.
HARRISBURG— Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) today called on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to identify the schools, grades and classrooms to families who attend schools with a student who tests positive for COVID-19.