Led By York County Republican Delegation, House Committee Moves Charter Reform Bill

Feb. 25, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – State Reps. Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Seth Grove (R-Dover) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) today joined the majority of their House Education Committee colleagues in moving to the full House legislation that would institute changes to the manner in which Pennsylvania’s charter and cyber charter schools conduct business and are evaluated.

House Approves Kauffman’s Bill Dealing with Out-of-State Pharmacies Doing Business with PA Residents

Feb. 25, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In an effort to extend protections to Pennsylvania residents who use out-of-state pharmacies that regularly do business with customers from the Commonwealth, Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) authored legislation approved today by the state House of Representatives that would require out-of-state pharmacies to register with the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy if they fill prescriptions for Commonwealth residents.

Peifer’s Bill to Help Schools After Emergencies Passes Unanimously

Feb. 25, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) announced today that his legislation to help school entities make up instructional time following a weather-, health- or safety-related emergency passed the House unanimously, and is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.

Simmons Co-Sponsors Bill to Limit State Spending

Feb. 25, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Emphasizing the importance of responsible and reasonable management of Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars, Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) strongly supports legislation that would control the growth of state spending.

Payne Urges Regulation of Online Gaming

Feb. 25, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In an effort to provide much-needed consumer protections while generating additional revenue for the Commonwealth, House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin) today introduced legislation to regulate online gaming in Pennsylvania.

Ortitay Votes to Make Cyber Bullying a Punishable Offense

Feb. 25, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today praised his colleagues in the House of Representatives for passing House Bill 229, which would make the cyber harassment of a child a criminally punishable offense.

Maloney Property Tax Measure Clears House

Feb. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Members of the state House of Representatives today voted to approve and send to the state Senate for consideration House Bill 147, legislation authored by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to completely exclude principal places of residence from school property taxes.

Kaufer Votes in Favor of Homestead Exclusion Bill

Feb. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In continuing efforts to enact meaningful property tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners, the House voted in favor of a homestead exclusion bill, to protect principle places of residence from property taxes through an amendment to the state constitution, said Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne).

Saylor, Roebuck, Reed and Grove Announce Select Education Committee to Focus on Career Training

Feb. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Members of the House Education Committee today – Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York), Co-chairman James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) – and Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) announced plans to create a new Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness to refocus Pennsylvania’s secondary and post-secondary education on career training to match graduates with the existing good-paying jobs that are available in Pennsylvania.

Committee Votes to Privatize Liquor Sales in Pennsylvania, Says Simmons

Feb. 23, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) today joined a majority of his colleagues on the House Liquor Control Committee in supporting legislation that would privatize wholesale and retail wine and spirits sales in Pennsylvania. The committee vote was 15-10, along party lines. House Bill 466 now heads to the full House of Representatives for consideration, with a vote expected later this week.

Legislation Would Add Scranton to State Revitalization Program

Feb. 23, 2015 /

It should come as no surprise that many industrial cities across the Commonwealth have struggled over the past several years, especially due to the effects of the “Great Recession.” A prime example of those cities is Scranton, which is dealing with a high level of debt, increased taxes and a massive downturn in its once vibrant manufacturing industry.