WHAT: Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a combined hearing on what the impact has been on other states that have legalized the use of medical cannabis.
WHAT: Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), chairman of the House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness, will join his colleagues in hearing testimony on K-12 education aimed at preparing students for technical careers. The subcommittee, which was created as a result of House Resolution 102, will examine technical education across the Commonwealth, in order to better connect secondary and post-secondary students with jobs that are in demand.
WHAT: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, together with Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh), deputy chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, will host a hearing to discuss challenges facing Pennsylvania’s economy and business climate, as part of a statewide jobs tour. Local business owners and statewide business associations will provide testimony to the committee on state taxes and regulations, how to improve the state’s business climate, the preparedness of Pennsylvania graduates to fill in-demand jobs and how to attract new business to the area.
SHIPPENSBURG – Continuing their advocacy efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector, Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) and other members of the House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, toured two plants in Franklin County on Thursday. Evankovich is co-chairman of the bipartisan caucus, which has more than 100 members.
HARRISBURG – The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) today released its statutorily required Analysis of Revenue Proposals that were included in the governor’s proposed FY2015-16 budget. House Appropriations Chairman William F. Adolph Jr. (R-Delaware) offered the following statement in reaction to the report:
HARRISBURG—Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) has received two critical committee assignments. She will serve on the House Human Services Committee and the Urban Affairs Committee.
HARRISBURG – A loophole in Pennsylvania’s Election Code that creates potential problems for school board candidates would be corrected under a bill authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk). The legislation, House Bill 342, currently sits with the Senate State Government Committee following unanimous passage by the state House.
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would allow a possible expansion of hunting options for sportsmen has passed the state House without opposition. The state Senate may now take up House Bill 263, which could possibly bring about the use of air-, chemical- or gas cylinder powered weapons for hunting.
HARRISBURG – Earlier this week, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the death of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, the Pennsylvania state House approved my House resolution commemorating the date and acknowledging Lincoln’s distinguished life of public service and indelible leadership during an era of great national crisis.
HARRISBURG – Promoting awareness and understanding of the life-time disabilities for polio victims, polio survivors and their families, Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) authored House Resolution 240, making April Polio Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution was unanimously passed by the House today.
HARRISBURG – Youngsters enrolled in the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will be able to continue their coverage through the end of 2017 under legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), which was approved by the House today.
HARRISBURG -- Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) are supporting a bill that would prohibit the use of public assistance cards issued by the Department of Human Services for the purchasing of tobacco.
WHAT: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, will host a hearing to discuss challenges facing Pennsylvania’s economy and business climate, as part of a statewide jobs tour. Local business owners and statewide business associations will provide testimony to the committee on state taxes and regulations, how to improve the state’s business climate, the preparedness of Pennsylvania graduates to fill in-demand jobs and how to attract new business to the area.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is the sponsor of a proposal which would authorize and regulate savings promotion raffles in Pennsylvania. Brown’s House Bill 837 passed the House Commerce Committee on Monday.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Duane Milne (R-Chester), co-sponsor of a bill to prohibit threats and harassment in labor disagreements, is urging the state Senate to approve it as the House did.
HARRISBURG – On Monday, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) spoke on the House floor, recognizing the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), will consider legislation she has sponsored (House Bill 972) to make it easier for customers to receive life insurance policies and annuities by allowing for electronic transmission of such documents.
HARRISBURG – The House on Tuesday passed legislation which closes a loophole that allows certain types of harassment in labor disputes. House Bill 874, which would remove exemptions in the Crimes Code that permit harassment, stalking, and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, passed by a 109-84 margin.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) today voted in favor of House Bill 874, legislation that would close a loophole that has permitted parties in labor disputes to engage in stalking, harassment and threats of violence. The bill passed 109-84 and is headed to the Senate for further consideration.
HARRISBURG –House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) was pleased that his legislation to prohibit harassment, stalking or making threats by parties involved in a labor dispute passed through the House today.