House Labor and Industry Committee Hearings to Profile Prevailing Wage, Right to Work and Unemployment Compensation Legislation, Says Miller
Prevailing wage, right to work and unemployment compensation legislation will be the primary focus of a series of hearings scheduled for August by the House Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by state Rep. Ron Miller (R-Jacobus).
“These are three hot button topics right now in Pennsylvania and around the country, for that matter,” Miller said. “We plan to thoroughly examine each bill, as every one of them addresses an individual issue that impacts Pennsylvania’s business climate or the use of taxpayer dollars...or both.”
All of the hearings will take place at the state Capitol on the following dates:
· Tuesday, Aug. 9 – 1 p.m., Joint House-Senate hearing on House Bill 1754 (unemployment compensation), Room 418, Main Capitol.
· Wednesday, Aug. 10 – 9:30 a.m., House bills 1367 and 1685 (prevailing wage), Room 205, Ryan Office Building.
· Tuesday, Aug. 16 – 1 p.m., House bills 50, 51, 52 and 53 (right to work), Room 205, Ryan Office Building.
· Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 9:30 a.m., House Bill 1271 (prevailing wage), Room 205, Ryan Office Building.
· Wednesday, Aug. 24 – 9:30 a.m., House bills 709 and 1409 (prevailing wage), Room 205, Ryan Office Building.
“Pennsylvania’s original prevailing wage law is now 50 years old and in dire need of being re-examined,” added Miller. “We have local governments and school boards asking for relief from what they perceive to be outdated law, and we at least owe them the chance to be heard and consider whether or not to join 18 other states that do not have prevailing wage laws.
“The issue of right to work is in the news with the case of Boeing being challenged for opening a plant in South Carolina, a right to work state. The time is now to examine if Pennsylvania should align with the 22 states that promote open shops in their unionized workplaces.
House Bill 1754, which Miller authored, deals with whether or not individuals who voluntarily quit their job or commit willful misconduct against their employer should receive unemployment compensation.
“These two elements were originally part of a bill sponsored by Representative Scott Perry,” he said. “They were removed from the unemployment compensation legislation (Senate Bill 1030) that was signed into law in June, with the promise of revisiting these issues this summer.”
The committee has also scheduled a Wednesday, Aug. 3 hearing at 1 p.m. on House Bill 927, authored by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland). This legislation, which would repeal and update Pennsylvania's Child Labor Law, will also be heard in Room 205 of the Ryan Office Building.
State Representative Ron Miller
93rd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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