House State Government Committee to Hold Hearings on COVID-19 Policy

Mar. 02, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – As the anniversary of the Wolf administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic nears, House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced today the committee will hold a series of hearings on how the administration addressed the pandemic.

Ecker: Labor and Industry Mum on How Many Businesses Closed by Wolf

Mar. 02, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier could not provide answers to basic questions – such as how many businesses were forced to shutter when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered non-essential businesses to close at the start of the pandemic about a year ago and how many of those businesses are now permanently closed – even though the department tracks that data.

Quinn Epilepsy Education Bill Advances in State House

Mar. 02, 2021 /

Quinn Epilepsy Education Bill Advances in State House

HARRISBURG – The Education Committee of the House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) that would promote the training of school personnel in seizure recognition and response. Quinn wrote the legislation after being contacted by a constituent whose grandson, 6-year old Dominic Rosini of West Whiteland, is fighting a rare form of epilepsy.

Key Takeaways from House Appropriations Hearings

Mar. 01, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Education (PDE) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Community Colleges. Here are the key takeaways from the day:

York County Lawmakers Applaud Investigation into COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths

Mar. 01, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – It was announced today that the House Government Oversight Committee will investigate the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the York County House Republican delegation, consisting of House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg) and Mike Jones (R-York Township), issued the following statement:

Committee to Consider Four Education Bills

Mar. 01, 2021 /

WHAT: The House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), will hold a voting meeting to consider four proposals on a variety of education topics. They include measures that would permit a school district to change its name (House Bill 232); update outdated terminology to conform with modern usage (House Bill 365); provide school entities with day-to-day substitute flexibility (House Bill 412); and provide for seizure recognition and related first-aid training (House Bill 416).

TODAY: Kail, Public Charter School Leaders Urge Support for All Students

Feb. 26, 2021 /

WHAT: Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) and public charter school leaders will hold a virtual news event to discuss the successful efforts of PA’s public charter schools to ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also present a robust legislative agenda that reforms PA’s outdated charter school law and ensures all students are given the opportunity to succeed.

Sonney, Longietti Send Bipartisan Letter to Governor, Health Department Urging Teachers be Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb. 26, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – House Education Committee Chairmen Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer), joined by 15 other members of the House Education Committee, on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Alison Beam requesting teachers be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the Commonwealth exits the 1A phase of Pennsylvania’s vaccine plan.