WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, led by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) will hold an informational meeting to learn more about the federal Affordable Care Act in relation to the insurance market.
HARRISBURG – A proposal to amend the state’s Constitution to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, said Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of the measure.
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, his legislation creating the offense of cyber harassment of a child was passed unanimously.
WHAT: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and a bipartisan team of lawmakers will announce their plan to impose a drilling tax within the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today paid tribute to longtime community volunteer and public servant, Samir Ashmar of Breinigsville, who passed away in November at the age of 51, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks).
HARRISBURG – Taking a stand against what can only be described as modern-day slavery, Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) authored House Resolution 40, making January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution was unanimously passed by the House earlier this week.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth) has been appointed to serve on four standing House committees for the 2015-16 session. Emrick, who is entering his third term in office, is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Human Services and Professional Licensure committees.
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Wednesday approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) that would help raise awareness about a provision in state law aimed at helping veterans acquire civil service jobs in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kristin Philips-Hill (R-York Township) today joined members of the House Education Committee in unanimously passing House Bill 158, legislation which would give school districts flexibility in addressing days lost to bad weather. The bill may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) today announced that he has introduced legislation that would make the ignition interlock program mandatory for certain first-time DUI offenders and, in those cases where the interlock program is applied, reduce driver’s license suspension requirements.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) today announced that he has been assigned to serve on the following House committees during the 2015-16 legislative session: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary, and Transportation. Keller was a member of the same four committees during the previous two sessions.
HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee today in Harrisburg approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) known as “Eileen’s Law” that would give judges more flexibility in penalizing parents convicted in school truancy cases.
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), advanced four bills that provide new benefits and considerations to veterans and emergency responders.
Harrisburg – Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) announced his resolution designating the week of January 25 through 31, 2015 as Catholic Schools Week in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Lycoming) today said he has been appointed to the House Local Government, State Government and Commerce committees as the 2015-16 session gets into full swing in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG – As a way to honor the contributions of the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and its 20 years of gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the state House today approved a resolution authored by Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) to designate Jan. 25-31, 2015, as “PCN: Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Week” in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG—A House resolution sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) designating Jan. 11 as National Human Traffic Awareness Day in Pennsylvania passed the House unanimously.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today had two resolutions adopted by the House of Representatives to increase awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screenings and the need for additional mentors serving youth across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG—State Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) has officially been appointed, by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, to serve as Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session.
As the newly elected state representative for the 80th Legislative District here in Blair County, I have been hitting the ground running and enjoying my time discussing state-related issues with people in the district, getting the district offices set up and familiarizing myself with the legislative processes in Harrisburg.