HARRISBURG – The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), heard testimony Wednesday reaffirming the potentially devastating economic impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal on businesses already struggling due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Human Services (DHS). Here are the key takeaways from the day. DHS’s strategy to continuous cost overruns is to throw hands in the air....
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) that would address the state’s substitute teacher crises was approved unanimously by the House Education Committee on Tuesday.
HARRISBURG – The governor today signed into law legislation authored by Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) that will have the Pennsylvania National Guard assist with the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – To help ensure fairness for homeowners, Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today introduced House Resolution 69 that would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study common interest owned communities (CIOCs). Specifically, the study would focus on the impact the communities have on local governments and Pennsylvania, the challenges facing the residents and governing bodies of these CIOCs, and opportunities for the Commonwealth to assist local governments and CIOCs to deliver adequate services to their residents at an affordable cost.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Labor Industry (L&I). Here are the key takeaways from the day:
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) has authored legislation that would address an oversight that failed to allocate federal education funding for the 29-member Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIUs).
HARRISBURG – During Tuesday’s House Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Acting Secretary of Labor and Industry Jennifer Berrier testified that Pennsylvania has permanently lost 500,000 jobs due to economic shutdowns initiated by Gov. Tom Wolf.
HARRISBURG – As the anniversary of the Wolf administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic nears, House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced today the committee will hold a series of hearings on how the administration addressed the pandemic.
HARRISBURG – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier could not provide answers to basic questions – such as how many businesses were forced to shutter when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered non-essential businesses to close at the start of the pandemic about a year ago and how many of those businesses are now permanently closed – even though the department tracks that data.
HARRISBURG – The Education Committee of the House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) that would promote the training of school personnel in seizure recognition and response. Quinn wrote the legislation after being contacted by a constituent whose grandson, 6-year old Dominic Rosini of West Whiteland, is fighting a rare form of epilepsy.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Education (PDE) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Community Colleges. Here are the key takeaways from the day:
HARRISBURG – It was announced today that the House Government Oversight Committee will investigate the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the York County House Republican delegation, consisting of House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg) and Mike Jones (R-York Township), issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) announced Monday afternoon that when the House returns to session, he will be referring an investigation of the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and other senior and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic to the House Government Oversight Committee.
HARRISBURG – As a living organ donor and strong advocate for organ donation in Pennsylvania, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) co-hosted a webinar for legislators and nephrologists with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) on Thursday.
HARRISBURG – During state budget hearings this week, Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) questioned several administration officials about COVID-19 mitigation and vaccines, as well as other issues of interest to the people of the Northern Tier.
HARRISBURG – During lines of questioning by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) and fellow members of the House Appropriations Committee during its budget hearings, top agency officials confirmed the long-held belief that they were not consulted by Gov. Tom Wolf at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HARRISBURG – House Education Committee Chairmen Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer), joined by 15 other members of the House Education Committee, on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Alison Beam requesting teachers be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the Commonwealth exits the 1A phase of Pennsylvania’s vaccine plan.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Health (DOH). Here are the key takeaways from the day: Acting Health Secretary refuses to say deadly nursing home order was a mistake...
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) is reintroducing legislation which Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed in the 2019-20 session that would have required Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to be taken up in the General Assembly.