BRADFORD – Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was in Bradford on Wednesday to participate in a roundtable discussion, hosted by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), with conventional oil and gas industry leaders.
HARRISBURG – Questions raised by state Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) concerning state government distribution of federal dollars earmarked for programs to address homelessness in Pennsylvania are being answered. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has confirmed plans to conduct a performance audit of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
HARRISBURG – In appreciation of the men and women who serve as line workers for Pennsylvania’s electric cooperatives and utilities, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has secured House passage of legislation designating April 13, 2015, as “Lineman Appreciation Day” in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, led by Reps. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia), will hold a public hearing regarding compliance within mental health clinics.
SAXONBURG – The Laborers’ International Union of North America – Mid-Atlantic Region (LiUNA), representing more than 40,000 workers, met Tuesday at the union’s Western Pennsylvania training facility with Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to discuss Pennsylvania's shale industry, jobs and training, and Gov. Tom Wolf’s natural gas severance tax proposal.
HARRISBURG — Committed to solving practical problems and ensuring safety, Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today introduced legislation to give motorcyclists the option to proceed with caution through an intersection when trapped due to an unresponsive red light.
WHAT: State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will testify before the House Majority Policy Committee regarding the findings of several hundred audits of the state’s school districts. Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, invited the Auditor General to present suggestions to the committee on potential cost savings to the state’s public education system. The Auditor General will also discuss the scope of his on-going Pennsylvania Department of Education audit.
WHAT: In an effort to ensure policymakers in Harrisburg are educated on the complexities of organ donation, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, will host the first of three public hearings on the topic.
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 the practical implications of legalizing medical cannabis in Pennsylvania and its impact on the law enforcement community.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown’s (R-Monroe/Pike) resolution recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pennsylvania was approved by the state House this week. After the vote, Brown made the following statement:
HARRISBURG – In response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) was one of many state legislators who voted in favor of a comprehensive package of legislation designed to update Pennsylvania’s child protection laws during the previous legislative session. The laws took effect on Dec. 31, 2014.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 119, congratulating Pennsylvania State University students for raising more than $13 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to help fight pediatric cancer.
HARRISBURG – Members of the House Firefighters and Emergency Services Caucus today elected Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) majority chairman of the bipartisan group, which represents more than 200,000 paid and volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel.
These days, April Fools’ isn’t the only day you have to be on guard for potential pranks. As we move through budget season in the state legislature, don’t be tricked by phrases like “holistic budget” or “property tax relief.” In fact, under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, the last thing middle-class, working families and small businesses will feel is relief. What’s really in Gov. Wolf’s budget plan for Pennsylvania? Billions in new taxes and borrowing to support historic levels of government spending.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) today joined colleagues on the House Professional Licensure Committee in moving to the full House legislation which would require naturopathic physicians to be licensed with the State Board of Medicine.
HARRISBURG – A resolution sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), recognizing March as “Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives this week.
HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee 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 will next be considered by the full House of Representatives.
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, led by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing about how the stigma regarding mental health can be eliminated.
HARRISBURG — Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), a measure condemning the global persecution of Christians unanimously passed the state House on Wednesday for the second consecutive year.
HARRISBURG – In a press conference today in Harrisburg, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) led a group of lawmakers from across the Commonwealth in calling for action on legislation which would reform Pennsylvania’s outdated Prevailing Wage Act. In particular, the legislators referenced Topper’s House Bill 707, which would exempt school construction projects from the law and which would require that all public bodies pay the prevailing minimum wage, as determined by the secretary of Labor and Industry, when a project exceeds $25,000.