HARRISBURG – Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) voted to provide vital funds to human services, education, agriculture and health programs which have remained without funds since Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the budget on June 30.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) said an attempt today by House Republicans to restore state funding for critical human services programs, vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf nearly two months ago, was shut down by House Democrats, whose support was needed for a veto override.
HARRISBURG – As human service agencies struggle to continue their operations and nonpublic school students return to their classrooms without textbooks, Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) today voted to override the governor’s veto of several line items in the budget adopted by the Legislature back in June.
Rep.-elect Greg Rothman (R- Cumberland) will be sworn into office to represent the 87th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) has introduced a series of amendments to House Bill 1460 that are designed to transition the state's current basic education funding to a new formula recommended by the Basic Education Funding Commission.
WHAT: Following the tragic deaths of military personnel at two military installations in Tennessee in July, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will host a committee meeting to vote on a bill urging Congress and the Department of Defense to expeditiously address the safety and protection of the United States armed forces personnel within the borders of the country.
Media – Members of the state legislature, Delaware County Council, and non-profit human service providers held a press conference to call on the governor to release funding for critical human service programs under the health, safety, and welfare exemption outlined on the governor’s webpage.
HARRISBURG – Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin) today renewed his call for action on legislation he introduced in response to the Porngate scandal. Payne’s House Bill 780 would establish penalties for state employees who use Commonwealth-owned computers, networks or cellular phones to view and/or exchange pornography.
PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – Pennsylvania is “ahead of the curve” in its preparations for the potential arrival of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) but there is still work to be done, members of a joint House-Senate panel learned Wednesday.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) has co-sponsored legislation to further combat blight in communities.
WHAT: The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), will hold an informational meeting to discuss the state’s preparedness for the potential spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza to Pennsylvania. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual Ag Progress Days.
There is an old expression that summarizes the current status of the Pennsylvania budget impasse: “the silence is deafening.” This is true in terms of actual, physical negotiations that could lead to a settlement of the budget, which would enable social services to continue and schools to be funded.
HARRISBURG – After weighing all the circumstances surrounding the criminal case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) has signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 435, which calls for the statewide elected official’s impeachment.
BROOKVILLE – A new state law supported by state Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) waives the two $10 background check fees for volunteers and reduces the fee for employees in Pennsylvania who have direct and routine contact with children.
WHAT: A news conference to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s created budget impasse, along with its expected impact on constituents and local social services. The lawmakers will also reiterate their opposition to the governor’s $13 billion tax increase over two years on Pennsylvania’s working families, and the impact of a potential natural gas severance tax on local businesses.
The fact is, it’s now August, and Pennsylvania still has no state budget.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today issued the following statement pertaining to the criminal charges leveled against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane this week:
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) called for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to step aside in the wake of criminal charges being filed against her on Thursday. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman charged Kane with perjury, false swearing, abuse of office, obstruction and contempt of court for allegedly leaking secret information to a Philadelphia newspaper and then lying to a grand jury about it.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester), chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, held an informational public meeting at the state Capitol to take a closer look at Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits wholesale and distribution systems.
Last Thursday, criminal charges were brought against Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Kathleen Kane. The charges, that Ms. Kane used her office to leak grand jury material in order to damage a political opponent, are quite serious and stem from an investigation by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.