Rep. Mehaffie to Unveil Legislation to Value PA’s Nuclear Energy, Save Jobs

Mar. 10, 2019 /

WHAT: To prevent the permanent loss of Pennsylvania’s nuclear assets, thousands of good-paying jobs and increased electricity prices, Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin), concerned workers, advocates and business leaders will join together to unveil legislation to recognize nuclear energy for its significant contribution to the state’s zero-carbon energy production. The legislation updates the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act to diversify Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio.

Grove Issues Statement on Wolf Administration’s PLA Appeal Withdraw

Mar. 07, 2019 /

YORK – House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-Dover) issued the following statement in response to the decision by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to withdraw an appeal over a project labor agreement (PLA), which was before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. A PLA is a collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations to establish terms and conditions of employment for a certain construction project.

Pickett Applauds New Rural Health Model

Mar. 07, 2019 /

Pickett Applauds New Rural Health Model

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) commends the Department of Health and Human Services on its launch of a new Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.

Workforce Development Takes Center Stage

Mar. 06, 2019 /

The governor recently signed an executive order to create the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to address the state’s skills gap and worker shortages. Workforce development is an issue I have always been passionate about and I am pleased the governor is also prioritizing the importance of preparing our workforce for available jobs.

Health Care Segregation Not Equal

Mar. 06, 2019 /

Segregation is alive and well in the Commonwealth, at least in our medical assistance program. For the past 20 years in the Commonwealth, we have operated a segregated health care system under medical assistance, carving out behavioral health run at the county level but physical health overseen at the state level.

Lawmakers Chosen as Co-Chairs for Pennsylvania Rare Disease Caucus

Feb. 27, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – In honor of National Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28, Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) and Mark Longietti (D-Mercer), as well as Sens. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon) and John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) will serve as co-chairs for Pennsylvania’s Rare Disease Caucus for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.

Oberlander Asks PA Supreme Court to Keep Venue Rule

Feb. 25, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) said today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should preserve a procedural court rule on venue that seeks to protect access to health care across the Commonwealth and asked the court to especially consider the harmful impact such a repeal could have on patients.

Thomas Hosts Hearing on Human Trafficking

Feb. 22, 2019 /

HARRISBURG-- The abuse began when “Susan” turned eight; by age 13, she was a runaway with a boyfriend who sold her for food. Three years later, she acquired an “agent” in Miami who shipped her to Baltimore to work for an organized ring that sent women to “the block,” an area known for strip clubs and prostitution.

House Passes Kauffman Bill to Improve Patient Safety

Feb. 22, 2019 /

House Passes Kauffman Bill to Improve Patient Safety

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would require certain surgical team professionals be accredited and take continuing education courses in order to enhance patient safety, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), author of the bill.

Judiciary Committee Focuses on Crime Victim Bills, Says Kauffman

Feb. 21, 2019 /

Judiciary Committee Focuses on Crime Victim Bills, Says Kauffman

HARRISBURG – The House Judiciary Committee today voted on legislation aimed at better protecting crime victims from abuse and violence by helping those who are victimized to testify against and confront their abusers, reported Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the committee. All five bills before the committee were passed onto the full House for consideration.