Lawmakers, Advocates Highlight Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

Jan. 17, 2020 /

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.

Sonney to Host Education Committee Public Hearing on Cyber Education

Jan. 16, 2020 /

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.

Causer Introduces Forestry Bills

Jan. 16, 2020 /

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.

House Passes Bill to Prohibit Closure of White Haven State Center, Says Toohil

Jan. 15, 2020 /

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.

House Passes Bill to Increase River Safety, Gillespie Says

Jan. 15, 2020 /

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.

Rigby Calls on State Senate to Act on Emergency Responder Legislation

Jan. 15, 2020 /

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.