HARRISBURG — Less than one week after Pennsylvania’s governor failed for the second time since taking office to carry out a lawfully imposed death sentence, the House Judiciary Committee today in Harrisburg approved a resolution condemning his actions.
HARRISBURG — By a unanimous vote, the House approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Killion (R-Delaware) that would increase the availability of affordable housing in the Commonwealth while also creating jobs and generating much-needed state revenue — without raising taxes.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) called on Gov. Tom Wolf to reverse his decision to grant a reprieve from the death penalty to convicted murderer Hubert L. Michael Jr.
WHAT: Members of the state House and Senate will join with municipal leaders from across the Commonwealth at a press conference to discuss efforts to address Pennsylvania’s municipal pension crisis. The press conference will follow the House State Government Committee’s consideration of House Bill 316, legislation introduced by Reps. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) and Seth Grove (R-York) that would reform the Commonwealth’s municipal pension systems.
WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will hold an informational meeting to discuss highly pathogenic avian influenza and the state’s preparations for the possibility of the disease impacting poultry producers in Pennsylvania.
The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will consider legislation (House Bill 1276) seeking to clarify provisions pertaining to background check and child abuse clearances for employees and adult volunteers who work directly with children.
HARRISBURG – The House Joint DUI Task Force today held its first meeting at the West Lampeter Township Building in Lancaster, less than a mile from the site of a car crash last year that occurred when a drunk driver swerved and struck the vehicle of Meredith Demko, an 18-year-old Lampeter-Strasburg High School graduate who was killed in the crash.
HARRISBURG – The state House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in Harrisburg approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) that would increase penalties on people convicted of trafficking infants in Pennsylvania.
No one, management or labor, should be able to lawfully use the tactics of harassment, stalking or threatening. What starts as harassment and threats can escalate to violence and destruction of property. But incredibly, people who are engaged in organized labor disputes – things like strikes or negotiations over work conditions – are exempt from these criminal laws that apply to the rest of us.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) is pleased with the advancements of three of his bills this week. They are all bills that passed through the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, of which is he the majority chairman.
HARRISBURG – The state House unanimously approved legislation this week to ensure the state’s Clean and Green program is working as it was intended, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.
WHAT: The House Joint DUI Task Force, comprised of Republican and Democratic members of the House Judiciary and Transportation committees, will hold its first informational meeting to evaluate Pennsylvania’s DUI statute. Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) will explain his legislation that would require all repeat and first-time DUI offenders with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.10 percent or greater to use an ignition interlock on their vehicle for at least six months.
HARRISBURG — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other related “vaping” products to minors was unanimously advanced by the House Judiciary Committee today for consideration on the House floor.
WHAT: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, together with Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), will host the last of nine hearings in the committee’s statewide business and jobs tour to discuss Pennsylvania’s economy and business climate with employers across Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – For colleagues of state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland), opposing standardized testing is just as important as increasing funding for libraries.
HARRISBURG - Reps. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) and Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) this week joined every member of the House in voting to reject a proposal mirroring the tax increases advanced by Gov. Tom Wolf for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hold an informational meeting with Acting Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas about his vision for the Department of Human Services. He will also take questions from committee members.
WHAT: Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will convene the second of two public hearings focusing on legislation (Senate Bill 1), which would dramatically restructure Pennsylvania’s two public employee pension systems – the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).
HARRISBURG – The governor in March proposed a variety of new taxes to pay for billions of dollars in new spending in his first state budget plan. State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) and his colleagues in the state House on Monday voted unanimously to reject those tax increases.
HARRISBURG – Chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) issued the following statement in response to the unanimous vote today rejecting Gov. Wolf’s tax plan: