Krieger Selected to Chair Subcommittee on Courts

May. 05, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Delmont) announced today that he has been selected to chair the Subcommittee on Courts of the Judiciary Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Krieger was appointed to replace former Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) who resigned from the House on April 30 to serve as the new executive director of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System.

House Passes Bill to Modernize State’s 911 Law, Lawmakers Say

May. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The state House today voted in favor of a bill to update and enhance the Commonwealth’s 911 emergency communications law, said members of the York County Republican House Delegation, including Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township). The members issued the following statement:

Christiana Educational Opportunities Bill Clears Committee Along Party Lines

May. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – A party line vote against a $100 million increase to education left Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver/Washington) puzzled at a meeting of the House Education Committee today. Christiana, who proposed House Bill 752 to increase the amount of available tax credits for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs, offered the following statement:

Nesbit Votes to Regulate Bail Bondsmen in PA

May. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In order to bring more uniformity to the way in which bail bondsmen operate in Pennsylvania, Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) today voted in favor of legislation that has passed the state House to privatize and regulate the profession.

O’Neill Offers Solution to Substitute Teacher Shortage

May. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee today voted in favor of legislation, authored by Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), which would offer a practical solution to Pennsylvania schools facing a substitute teacher shortage, while protecting the employment of certified teachers.

Bloom Bill to Protect Excellent Teachers Advances

May. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG — The House Education Committee today took an important step toward keeping Pennsylvania’s best teachers in the classroom and boosting student achievement by voting to end the practice of seniority-based layoffs, said Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), prime sponsor of the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act.

Diamond: Let the People Vote on Property Tax Elimination

May. 04, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) today introduced legislation (House Bill 1115) that would allow voters to consider a constitutional amendment to eliminate all property taxes in Pennsylvania within seven years.

Gabler Legislation to Level the Playing Field for Foresters

Apr. 29, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would update Pennsylvania tax law by enabling the timber industry to purchase equipment under a state tax exclusion that is already enjoyed by Pennsylvania’s agricultural operations. House Bill 504 may now be taken up by the full House.

Phillips-Hill Backs Bill to Promote Computer Skills in Schools

Apr. 29, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) recently joined House Education Committee colleagues in advancing House Bill 833, legislation that takes into consideration Pennsylvania’s employment picture and gives school districts and students another option to help address shortages in specific job areas. The bill may now be taken up by the full House.

Lawmakers Should Control Costs to Taxpayers, Not Increase Them

Apr. 29, 2015 /

Despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s repeated claims that his $33.8 billion budget proposal would reduce taxes on the middle class, a recent report by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) found that all Pennsylvanians in every income bracket would pay more in taxes under the governor’s plan.

Recognizing Loyalty Day in Pennsylvania

Apr. 29, 2015 /

It was a great honor for me to serve in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Because of that experience, I understand the sacrifice and reward that comes with taking the ultimate risk to safeguard our communities and our country.

More Work Needed to Connect Students With In-Demand Technical Jobs, Grove Says

Apr. 28, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness, chaired by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), held its first hearing today in Harrisburg. The hearing focused on the ways students in kindergarten through 12th grade are being prepared for careers in technical fields.