Rural Business Issues to be Focus of Policy Committee Roundtable

Apr. 08, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to Wellsboro, Tioga County, to host a roundtable discussion with local businesses, education institutions and organizations. Topics to be discussed will include rural broadband access, workforce development, and deregulation and government barriers to small business. This is part of the House Republican Caucus’s #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.

Committee to Gather Information on State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Apr. 08, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold an informational meeting on maximizing the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The meeting will include discussions on ways to use best practices to streamline warm hand-offs to treat people struggling with addiction.

Judiciary Committee to Vote on Pennsylvania’s Hidden Predator Act

Apr. 05, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a meeting to vote on House Bills 962 and 963. House Bill 962, sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would change the civil statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing childhood victims until age 55 to file suit, and provide for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse. It would also abolish the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward. House Bill 963, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide for a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense.

Barrar and House Committee to Receive SR 6 Update

Mar. 28, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will conduct an informational hearing to receive an update on Senate Resolution 6, which focuses on recruitment and retention of first responders.

Lewis, Kenyatta to Unveil Fighting Chance Act

Mar. 25, 2019 /

WHAT: Freshman state Reps. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) and Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), joined by several of their colleagues, will outline their regulatory and criminal justice reform bill.

Committee to Examine Adolescent Substance Abuse

Mar. 25, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold an informational meeting on adolescent substance use care in Pennsylvania. The meeting will examine challenges and opportunities surrounding this issue.

House, Senate Ag Committees to Examine Wolf’s ‘PA Farm Bill’

Mar. 19, 2019 /

WHAT: The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will hold a joint public hearing to examine the Wolf Administration’s comprehensive “PA Farm Bill.” The proposal includes 17 separate initiatives to address issues such as business development and succession planning, processing capabilities, regulatory burdens, workforce needs, rapid response capabilities to address threats such as spotted lanternfly, agriculture infrastructure and market opportunities.