HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today filed two pieces of legislation which would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.
MEDIA – Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) commended the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for fining Sunoco Pipeline, LP more than $300,000 for unauthorized discharges of drilling fluids throughout the state including into Chester Creek and other wetlands in Middletown Township.
HARRISBURG – The Special Education Funding Commission, which was originally established in Act 3 of 2012 to review and make recommendations regarding special education funding, is being reconstituted to review the current formula that determines special education payments to school districts in Pennsylvania, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.
HARRISBURG – In light of the recent assault of a local young man with intellectual disabilities on the Hoodlebug Trail in Homer City, Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) has come out in strong support for the victim and his family, as well as all persons with disabilities who are the victims of these heinous crimes.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) circulated a co-sponsor memo today for legislation to allow students in Harrisburg City schools to attend a school of their choice through tuition scholarships.
FAYETTE COUNTY – Seeking to make beer and wine more accessible and convenient for residents to purchase, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), majority chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee held a public hearing to discuss Rep. Matt Dowling’s (R-Fayette/Somerset) Customer Convenience Permit legislation, House Bill 1644.
EAST STROUDSBURG – Looking to continue to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), Rich and Anna Levitan, and many others spoke at a reception in Buck Hill, co-hosted by Weiler Corporation and TextLess Live More, on Friday, Aug. 23.
HARRISBURG – Leaders of the House Republican Caucus issued the following statement regarding recommendations issued after a grand jury investigation into a former member.
UNIONTOWN – In the vein of an overarching theme driven by House Republican Caucus this legislative session, state Reps. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), Seth Grove (R-York) and Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) drafted the Reinventing Government bill package to create better government, more economic prosperity and stronger communities.
MEDIA – State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) has renewed his push to close the gun show loophole for background checks.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) announced today that he has been appointed to serve on the Public Higher Education Funding Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration and operations.
CARLISLE – To learn more about a variety of businesses throughout southcentral Pennsylvania and the challenges they face in creating good jobs for Pennsylvanians, the House Majority Policy Committee toured several locations in the region this week, according to Policy Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest).
For years, if not decades, people have urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to come up with a viable solution for relief from school property taxes that are forcing senior citizens out of their homes. But their appeals appeared to fall on deaf ears. Believe me, I know the frustration as I was one of those people asking my elected officials to fix this problem.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled his proposal to eliminate school property taxes at a Capitol press conference today. The measure, House Bill 13, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, would replace 100% of all school property taxes. The entire press conference can be viewed on Ryan’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/RepFrankRyan.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) is introducing a package of bills targeting violent criminals who use firearms.
HARRISBURG — Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s gun violence prevention executive order:
HARRISBURG – As a former legislative staff member and nearly five-term member of the Legislature, state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) has been on the front lines of the property tax debate. For that reason, she has been appointed to serve on a School Property Tax Working Group that met Monday for the second time. The group consists of House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle.
HARRISBURG - Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement on the passing of Bruce Hanson, director of research for the House Republican Caucus:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer asking him to conduct a thorough investigation of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Board of Probation and Parole following several recent murders by state parolees.
PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – The Commonwealth’s efforts to protect the state’s food supply through animal health and biosecurity initiatives was the focus of a joint meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Wednesday during Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days.