HARRISBURG – In an ongoing effort to make Pennsylvania more competitive in its efforts to attract job creators to the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania House today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) that would establish a public-private educational initiative known as “CareerBound.” The legislation, House Bill 725, passed unanimously.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) expressed dismay upon Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the emergency state funding bill, which would have released state appropriations to social service providers and school districts amounting to $11 billion, retroactively to July 1 and carrying through to Oct. 31.
HARRISBURG – Frustrated by Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest effort to deny funding to schools and critical human services, Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), which would reduce the waiting time to obtain a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania, today was the focus of an informational meeting conducted by the House Judiciary Committee.
HARRISBURG – Three local World War II veterans joined state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) today in Harrisburg as the state House approved a measure introduced by the legislator commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory against Japan.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland), which would provide civil immunity to veterinarians when they report a case of animal cruelty, today was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives. House Bill 760 will next be considered by the Senate.
HARRISBURG – On Sept. 24, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed an emergency spending plan, which would provide more than $11 billion in funding for public and private schools, rape crisis centers, Area Agencies on Aging and other social service providers while state budget negotiations continue. The critical funding attempt was vetoed today by Gov. Tom Wolf.
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals. House Bill 1251 would expand the definition of mental health and intellectual disability to someone who experienced childhood sexual abuse; House Bill 1295 would include deaths and incidents attributable to the use and misuse of Suboxone as part of the Methadone Death and Incident Review Team; and House Resolution 424 would urge Congress to examine existing federal laws relating to sober living arrangements.
On Sept. 24, I voted for emergency state funding legislation designed to providing critical financial relief to school districts and social service agencies impacted by the prolonged budget impasse. The bills were approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the governor for his signature into law.
We are now four months into the 2015-16 fiscal year without a state operating budget. What does that mean? That means schools, government agencies and social service organizations like those that provide rape crisis services, cancer screenings, assistance for children with intellectual disabilities and many others do not receive essential state funding. Without this funding, services are beginning to be curtailed, hours and staff are being reduced, and in some extreme situations, schools and organizations are now in the position of having to consider shutting down completely.
HARRISBURG – On Sept. 24, Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) joined his colleagues in the House in supporting an emergency funding plan in order to provide more than $11 billion in funding for critical state government services while budget negotiations continue. Today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the plan.
HARRISBURG – The House unanimously passed a resolution earlier this month authored by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) declaring September as Children’s Cardiomyopathy Month in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Working to ensure Pennsylvanians remember the important role they play in their government and communities, Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) is joining with a constituent from North Wales to draw attention to the importance of civic education.
WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 352, sponsored by Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), legislation to reform the state’s race horse industry.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to help alleviate funding problems being encountered by Commonwealth social services and school districts in Allegheny County and elsewhere, Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny) voted in favor of final passage of several bills that can release funds that are already available in the treasury.
This week, the House of Representatives will consider a four-month “stopgap” budget to provide funding to schools, human service providers and agencies that desperately need funding. I can’t think of any reason why the Governor wouldn’t agree to this. Can you? Senators approved the legislation, Senate Bill 1000 last week.
HARRISBURG- Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) released the following statement after the House voted on Thursday to pass emergency funding bills. The funding includes state appropriations amounting to $11 billion, retroactively to July 1 and carrying through to Oct. 31.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined a majority of his House colleagues in passing a bill to help struggling social service agencies and schools desperate for their state subsidies.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) on Thursday joined a majority of his colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in support of emergency funding legislation that allocates $11 billion to human service organizations and school districts across the Commonwealth. The bill now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf for consideration.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester) joined a majority of his House colleagues in passing a bill to help struggling social service agencies and school districts desperate for their state subsidies.