HARRISBURG – An active first year in office has earned state Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) a deputy chairmanship on the House Majority Policy Committee.
HARRISBURG – To encourage clean-up of toxic waste areas that pollute local waterways, Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) introduced legislation to add a member of the coal refuse energy and reclamation industry to the Mining Reclamation and Advisory Board (MRAB).
WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a voting meeting of the committee to consider the following legislation:
WHAT: A press conference to detail and answer questions about a package of bills to fight human trafficking. The package is designed to guarantee the safety of victims, protect their privacy and make it safer for them to testify against their abusers. Since 2007, there have been more than 1,200 human trafficking cases in the Commonwealth.
WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, and members of the committee will hold a public hearing on cyber education and Sonney’s House Bill 1897, which would require all school districts in the Commonwealth to offer full-time cyber education programs accountable to local communities.
WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, will host a press conference to unveil a package of three bills designed to improve and reform the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has introduced two measures related to the forestry industry, including one that aims to bring transparency to the process of establishing forest conservation easements.
HARRISBURG — House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) sent the following letter (excerpted below) to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. Executive Committee confirming that Gov. Tom Wolf lacks the authority to enter Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without legislative approval:
HARRISBURG – After many months of deliberation, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced today that her hands-free cellphone legislation, House Bill 37, was passed by the House with a vote of (120-74).
HARRISBURG – State Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) voted in favor of Senate Bill 906, which passed the House today with bipartisan support. The bill institutes a moratorium on the scheduled closing of the Polk and White Haven State Centers.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would prohibit the scheduled closures of the White Haven and Polk state centers by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services was passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives today in a vote of 139-55, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who spoke in support of the measure.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) and Rep. Michael H. Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) introduced a bill this week to authorize Expedited Partner Therapy as an option for those diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
HARRISBURG – After dedicated opposition to the governor’s call to close Polk State Center, Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) announced that legislation passed the House today to prevent the closure of any state centers until at least five years from the bill’s passage, but not before a sensible plan for closure is created.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) today announced that the House of Representatives has passed his bill, House Bill 1003, which would strengthen the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) ability to enforce the marking of low head or run-of-the-river dams.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would allow local governments to better maintain municipal-owned lands used for parks and recreational purposes to benefit residents, sponsored by Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe), was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. House Bill 908 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) that would amend the Sunshine Act to require a public agency to post public meeting agendas no later than 24 hours prior to the start of a meeting passed the House today.
HARRISBURG – When state Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) returned home from session last fall, news of House passage of a series of “Helpers and Heroes” bills for emergency responders was very well received. Still, he knew the process was merely a third of the way done.
HARRISBURG – As part of efforts to remove outdated laws from the books, the House passed legislation by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) to repeal an archaic 163-year-old law that is no longer relevant.
HARRISBURG—A bill sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to improve public safety by targeting repeat DUI offenders was approved by the state House.
HARRISBURG – The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation today aimed at targeting individuals who solicit services from victims of human trafficking, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).