House Health and Insurance Committees Examine ACA’s Impact on Drug Companies

Apr. 17, 2015 /

WHAT: Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), chairman of the House Insurance Committee, are holding a joint informational hearing to get a better understanding of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on pharmaceutical manufacturers and companies.

Barrar’s Bill Modernizing the State’s 911 Law Passes House Committee

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, today lead the committee in a vote on legislation to update and enhance the Commonwealth’s 911 emergency communications law. The bill passed with bipartisan support.

House Committee Approves Jozwiak’s ‘American-Made Flag’ Bill

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee on Tuesday in Harrisburg approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) that would require Commonwealth agencies and the General Assembly to purchase only American and Pennsylvania flags that are manufactured in the United States.

House Passes Simmons’ Student Health and Safety Bill

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) that would help to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania school students who suffer from severe allergic reactions. House Bill 423 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Approves Vereb-Backed Measure Honoring Law Enforcement Officers

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The state House today in Harrisburg approved a resolution initially introduced by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) honoring the service of police officers in the Commonwealth and across America by making 2015 the Year of the Law Enforcement Officer in Pennsylvania.

Committee Unanimously Approves Ward’s Bill to Improve, Transform Deteriorating Communities

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In order to help revitalize areas where abandoned or blighted properties are located, Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) has introduced legislation approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee that would allow developers and property owners to receive a tax abatement incentive once they apply and are approved to rebuild upon an abandoned property or in a deteriorated area.

Legislation to Increase Penalties for Concealing Identity While Committing Robbery Passes House, Says Regan

Apr. 14, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to make sentencing tougher on criminals who hide their faces during the commission of a robbery passed the House this week, said the bill’s author, Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland). The bill, if enacted, would specifically call upon the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to increase the sentence range for a person who commits a robbery while concealing, or trying to conceal, all or part of his or her face during a robbery.

Bloom Bill to Deliver Fairness and Cost Savings to Taxpayers

Apr. 14, 2015 /

HARRISBURG –Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today introduced legislation that would make a much-needed update to Pennsylvania’s controversial Prevailing Wage Law, ensuring uniformity and fairness with respect to all taxpayer-funded, public construction projects.

House Passes Evankovich Bill that Delays Release of Information in Death Investigations

Apr. 14, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) that would delay the release of information in death investigations, sparing family members of the decedent from further anguish, was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 297 will next be considered by the Senate.

Martina White Sworn In to the House

Apr. 13, 2015 /

HARRISBURG -- Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) was sworn in today to serve the people of the 170th District in Northeast Philadelphia.

Legislation Allowing Pharmacists to Offer Flu Shots to Children Passes House, Grove Says

Apr. 13, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation which would increase access by allowing pharmacists to offer flu vaccines to children ages 9 and older, with parental permission, passed the House today, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), the author of the bill, said. House Bill 182, if eventually signed into law, would also allow licensed pharmacy interns under the direct supervision of a pharmacist to administer the vaccine.

Hickernell and Aument Introduce School Funding Guarantee Legislation

Apr. 13, 2015 /

Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) and Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) today began the process of introducing legislation that would guarantee all Pennsylvania schools would continue to be funded at the previous fiscal year’s amount if a new appropriation is not enacted by Aug. 15 of a given year.

Pickett Advances Bill to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program

Apr. 13, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – To ensure that children enrolled in the state’s health insurance program can continue with the coverage, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has secured approval from the House Insurance Committee to extend the program for two more years.