HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (PIAA) decision to ban spectators from high school sporting events this fall over COVID-19 concerns.
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) joined 62 other Pennsylvania House Republicans in writing to Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Agency (PIAA) to request a change in recent policy prohibiting spectators at PIAA events, including parents of athletes.
WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, and members of the committee will hold a two-day public hearing on safely reopening schools this fall.
HARRISBURG -- For too long, the rights of Pennsylvania’s public servants have been suppressed by special interests and political favoritism, costing them their voice and hard-earned money. To ensure the rights of Pennsylvania’s public sector employees are protected, Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) today introduced legislation to put public workers back in charge of their representation.
HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), will host a two-day public hearing next week to discuss safely reopening schools this fall.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to curb improper payments by Pennsylvania’s Medicaid system recently passed the House of Representatives as House Bill 2353. The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), made the following statement in light of its passage:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) introduced a bill this week to expand paid sick leave to essential workers excluded by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
HARRISBURG – The Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) today published a report entitled Behavioral Health Care System Capacity in Pennsylvania and its Impact on Hospital Emergency Departments and Patient Health. The report was commissioned upon the passage of House Resolution 268, authored by Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana).
HARRISBURG – Recognizing that Pennsylvania has a deep and rich history steeped in business and industry, and acknowledging the significant hardships that local businesses have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reps. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington), Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) and Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) announced they plan to introduce a resolution designating September 2020 as “Pennsylvania Business Month.”
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today introduced legislation to establish the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The office would assist small and medium-sized businesses in complying with environmental statutes, regulations and policies by working with them to determine applicable environmental requirements, as well as conduct training events across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG —Answering the people’s demands that Gov. Tom Wolf’s tyrannical abuse of emergency powers must be stopped and never imposed again, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) officially confirmed today that this year’s Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29, beginning at 11 a.m., on the front steps of the Capitol, in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia), majority chairman of the House Human Services Committee, held an informational meeting to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of Pennsylvania residents and how the mental health community is addressing those needs – particularly in rural areas.
HARRISBURG – Owners of the state’s restaurants, bars and taverns told members of the House Majority Policy Committee Tuesday the industry cannot survive the governor’s extremeCOVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining and bar seating.
WHAT: Reps. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) and Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) will host a conversation about the struggles faced by the restaurant industry because of the limitations imposed on it by Gov. Tom Wolf. Owners will share their challenges and discuss solutions to benefit the community as a whole.
HARRISBURG – Today, Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington) announced that she has introduced legislation to establish a grant program to support the Commonwealth's human services system. Referred to as the Nonprofit Economic Emergency Delivery System (NEEDS) Grants Program, the initiative will focus on the more than 8,500 nonprofit organizations that provide critical services for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable population, while employing a significant percentage of the Commonwealth’s workforce.
One of the biggest frustrations we have faced during this pandemic is a lack of effective communication from the Wolf administration. The orders issued by the governor and the secretary of Health have been life-changing for families, employees and business owners, and they have left many citizens struggling to keep their businesses afloat or to put food on their tables – or both.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) said Gov. Tom Wolf can no longer keep Pennsylvania citizens in the dark during the COVID-19 pandemic – a time when information and answers are sorely needed. Last evening, Wolf permitted a key government transparency bill to become law without his signature.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) expressed relief that the Wolf administration will no longer be able to keep Pennsylvania citizens in the dark during the COVID-19 pandemic – a time when information and answers are sorely needed. Last evening, Gov. Tom Wolf permitted a key government transparency bill to become law without his signature.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), is hosting a public hearing to discuss how COVID-19 mitigation efforts are impacting restaurants, bars and taverns across the state as lawmakers work toward a path to economic recovery.
HARRISBURG – For the benefit of all Pennsylvanians, Rep. Tim Bonner (R-Mercer/Butler) implored Gov. Tom Wolf to sign House Bill 2463. Under his unilateral emergency rule, Gov. Wolf has suspended the law that state agencies must respond to requests for public information. This legislation (House Bill 2463) would not only provide necessary government information to the public that has been withheld by the governor during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would also ensure transparency during future emergencies.