Legislative Audit Advisory Commission Accepts 2015 Audit

Feb. 09, 2016 /

HARRISBURG – The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC), chaired by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland), today voted to accept the audit report of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s finances for the 2014-15 fiscal year as conducted by an independent certified public accounting firm.

Harper: Done Right, Shale Tax Can Help Balance PA Budget

Feb. 08, 2016 /

HARRISBURG – With the cost of key state budget areas – education and human services – continuing to rise, Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) today appeared before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee to make the case for a severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth.

Parker to Escort Governor for 2016-17 Budget Address

Feb. 08, 2016 /

HARRISBURG – Freshman Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) has been selected to serve on the committee to escort Gov. Tom Wolf into the House chamber on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to deliver his budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Gaming Committee to Vote on Resolution Urging Congress to Lift Ban on Sports Betting

Feb. 08, 2016 /

WHAT: House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin) announced the committee will hold a voting meeting to consider House Resolution 619, which would urge U.S. Congress to lift the federal ban on sports betting and to allow Pennsylvania – and all states that authorize, license and regulate casino gaming — to legalize sports betting through its licensed facilities.

York County House Republicans Back Legislation to Give Schools Scheduling Flexibility

Feb. 02, 2016 /

HARRISBURG – York County’s three Republican representatives on the House Education Committee are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to sign into law legislation that would give school districts options when it comes to atoning for school schedules impacted by bad weather. Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Seth Grove (R-Dover) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) issued their call following passage of House Bill 158, which also expands background checks for prospective school employees.

York County House Republicans Hail Efforts to Reduce the Size of Government

Jan. 29, 2016 /

HARRISBURG — In favor of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the legislative process in Pennsylvania and reducing costs, members of the York County House Republican Delegation applauded recent progress on legislation aimed at reducing the number of seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 151; there are currently 203 seats.

Topper, Metzgar Sponsor Legislation to Restore Higher Ed Funding for Rural Schools

Jan. 29, 2016 /

HARRISBURG – Reps. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) and Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) will introduce legislation to restore funding to the Regional Community Colleges Services, which was completely eliminated by Gov. Tom Wolf as part of his line-item veto of the $30.26 billion fiscally responsible budget that was sent to his desk in late December.