Toohil Supports College Tuition Waivers for Foster Children

Jun. 26, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) on Thursday voiced her support of legislation that would waive tuition costs for foster children who attend postsecondary educational institutions in Pennsylvania. Her comments were made during debate in the House regarding the proposed budget appropriations for the Commonwealth’s state-related universities.

House Approves ABLE Act, Marshall Says

Jun. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver/Butler) that would ease the financial stresses faced by individuals with disabilities and help them to plan for the future.

Tobash Supports Protecting PA’s Excellent Teachers

Jun. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – On Monday, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting in favor of the “Protecting Excellent Teachers Act,” a bill aimed at keeping Pennsylvania’s best teachers right where they belong – in the classroom.

Lancaster County Republican Delegation Stresses Preparation for Avian Influenza Outbreak

Jun. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County Republican Delegation yesterday met with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and other legislators to plan for an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The group discussed the most effective way to protect the more than 1,000 Lancaster County flocks that contribute to Pennsylvania’s $13 billion poultry industry.

House Unanimously Passes Bill to Reform PA’s Child Care Benefits Structure, Kaufer Says

Jun. 24, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – This week, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) joined his House colleagues in unanimously passing House Bill 1164, a measure which seeks to reform Pennsylvania’s child care benefits structure, known as the “benefits cliff,” in order to help families retain temporary assistance, while allowing them to earn their way out of poverty.

Committee Passes Topper Bill to Protect Seniors from Phone Scams

Jun. 24, 2015 /

BEDFORD -The House Aging and Older Adult Committee today voted unanimously in favor of legislation intended to increase cooperation between state agencies, in order to enhance protection from senior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls which lead to financial exploitation, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) said.

House Approves Bloom Bill to Keep Best Teachers in the Classroom

Jun. 23, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today voted to approve legislation to keep Pennsylvania’s best teachers in the classroom and boost student achievement by ending the practice of seniority-based layoffs, said Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), author of the measure.

House Votes to Help Low-Income Families Earn Their Way Out of Poverty

Jun. 23, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously to approve landmark legislation, introduced by Reps. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) that would help low-income working Pennsylvanians fulfill their own “American Dream.”

Judiciary Committee Moves Legislation to Investigate the Possible Impeachment of a Pennsylvania Judge

Jun. 23, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In an attempt to rid Pennsylvania’s judicial system of corruption and maintain a level of respect in courtrooms, House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) moved legislation to authorize an investigation into the conduct of Lancaster County Magisterial District Judge Kelly Ballentine during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting.

Bloom Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Authorize Reinvestment in Carlisle Park

Jun. 23, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today applauded members of the House State Government Committee for their unanimous support of a measure that would allow the Borough of Carlisle to sell a portion of park land along the Pennsylvania Turnpike with proceeds to be reinvested in parks and recreational development.