Taking Action to Provide Hope Your Pennsylvania House of Representatives has been in session because constituents expect us to respond to the COVID health care crisis. House actions have provided light at the end of the tunnel as millions of Pennsylvanians are struggling and concerned about the future. While it was good news to hear Gov. Wolf listened to our calls and put forward a plan to allow people to safely return to work and provide for their families, there is much more that needs to be done. With construction projects starting up again on May 1, we can start moving forward together on fighting COVID-19 while rebuilding our economy. House Republicans are putting people first, hearing from thousands of Pennsylvanians calling for a path to recovery. We are carrying their voices as we work to address their needs and build a plan to help all Pennsylvanians. We will continue to be the voice of families, workers and job creators as we help pave the path to recovery and a safe and prosperous future for Pennsylvania residents. Taking Action to Provide HOPE Here's an overview of action taken in several different arenas. Taking Action for Individuals and Families - Increased personal protective equipment (PPE) for people on the front lines. - Provided immediate assistance for hospitals. - Made sure schools are still teaching even if students can’t come to the classroom. - Made unemployment compensation more accessible to Pennsylvanians who need it now more than ever. - Voted to make health care services available from the living room or kitchen table through telemedicine. - Voted to accelerate property tax and rent rebates. - Passed e-notary provisions so Pennsylvania residents and families can safely conclude transactions remotely – finalize an adoption, buying a home or getting a car. Taking the Action for Those Who Have Lost Their Jobs or Livelihood - Advanced a job opening process that is transparent and consistent. Ensuring employers and the millions of workers waiting at home have equal opportunity to get back to work safely and responsibly. - Eased eligibility for unemployment compensation to help Pennsylvanians who need it now more than ever. - Called on the PA Department of Health to provide expanded data on positive cases, so counties can make informed decisions about their own communities. Taking Action to Improve Government's Response - Voted to establish a bipartisan, inter-branch task force to track and manage the cost of the crisis and develop solutions for our state to recover. - Voted to expand protections for police, fire and other first responders who are putting their own lives on the line to protect each of us in this pandemic. - Passed e-notary provisions to help employers like auto dealers and realtors, and families purchasing homes. - Voted to allow municipal meetings to operate safely and legitimately through telecommunications with public participation. - Started to build a responsible budget that uses stimulus dollars to meet the immediate needs of our state, and plan for the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Taking Action to Help Hospitals and First Responders - Voted to create tax credits for businesses that allow their employees, who are also serving as a first responder, to leave work to respond to emergencies. - Voted to expanded protections for police, fire and other first responders who are putting their own lives on the line to protect each of us in this pandemic. - Increased personal protective equipment (PPE) for people on the front lines. - Provided immediate assistance for hospitals. - Voted to allow doctors to safely meet with patients via telemedicine. Read more of the specifics here.