HARRISBURG –House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) today introduced legislation to prohibit harassment, stalking or making threats by parties involved in a labor dispute. Current law provides immunity for such actions.
HARRISBURG – The House Urban Affairs Committee voted today in favor of legislation which would help improve government efficiency, Reps. Seth Grove (R-York) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) said.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) has been appointed to serve on the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny). The committee consists of 18 members of the state House and Senate and serves the Pennsylvania General Assembly as well as the people of the Commonwealth.
WHAT: Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) will lead members of the House at a press conference Wednesday, April 1, in a call for Prevailing Wage Act reform for school construction projects. House Bill 707, which Topper authored, would exempt school construction projects from the law, which requires that all public bodies pay the prevailing minimum wage, as determined by the secretary of Labor and Industry, when a project exceeds $25,000.
WHAT: Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, will host an informational meeting with the acting secretary of the state Department of Agriculture.
HARRISSBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced her recent appointment by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to serve as the chairman of two House subcommittees during the 2015-16 legislative session.
HARRISBURG — Sponsored Rep Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), a resolution honoring petroleum industry pioneer Col. Edwin L. Drake on the 195th anniversary of his birth unanimously passed the state House today.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) that would require long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living residences to install carbon monoxide detectors (House Bill 264) was adopted by the Pennsylvania House today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week hosted an informational meeting to update the committee on issues impacting the veterans’ community and emergency preparedness and response activities. He also heard testimony during a House Appropriations Committee hearing regarding funding allocated for emergency services professionals in the governor’s budget proposal.
WHAT: Panel and media event with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to unveil a vision for 21st century Pennsylvania energy policy and the necessity of growing Marcellus/Utica Shale-related usage.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) honored Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) for his work in passage of a new law to help protect Wildlife Conservation Officers and Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) while on the job.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) today announced the introduction of his first piece of legislation (House Resolution 191) that would restore subpoena power to all standing committees and subcommittees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
WHAT: Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the governor’s decision to implement a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) today sent the following letter, calling for the rejection of the tax plan included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal, to House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that he has introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to ensure that property owners have the choice between two or more Uniform Construction Code (UCC) inspectors for property inspection services.
WHAT: Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will convene a public hearing focusing on how to address Pennsylvania’s multi-billion dollar public pension funding crisis.
HARRISBURG – As Auditor General Eugene DePasquale returned to his home city and joined York City Mayor Kim Bracey to release the findings of his latest municipal pension audit, Reps. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) and Seth Grove (R-York) today highlighted the need for the General Assembly to act on municipal pension reform. Last week, Greiner and Grove introduced legislation that would put the state’s municipal pension systems on an affordable and sustainable path forward.
WHAT: Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a combined hearing on the practical implications of legalizing medical cannabis in Pennsylvania and its impact on health care professionals.
WHAT: The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), is hosting an informational meeting to update the committee on a wide range of issues impacting the veteran community and emergency preparedness and response activities.
On March 3, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his budget priorities for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan would increase spending from $29 billion to $33.8 billion, an increase of 16 percent or $4.7 billion in a single year and $12.7 billion over the next two years. It has become increasingly clear since his budget address the governor’s unprecedented spending increase is built on a foundation of higher taxes and is harmful to middle-class families and small business owners.