HAZLETON – After attending Thursday’s public hearing regarding White Haven Center (WHC) conducted by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced they are working with the chairman of the House Human Services Committee, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), to hold an urgent meeting regarding the pending closure of the facility for the physically and mentally challenged.
WHAT: Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) will take the oath of office as state representative of the 85th Legislative District, for his first term.
HARRISBURG – Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin) has been named to the Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission, where he joins commission Chairman Brett Reinford from Reinford Farms in Mifflintown.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today announced that he has introduced legislation, House Bill 1804, which would reform the standards used for the Small and Disadvantaged Business Program (SDB) under the Department of General Services (DGS). This program provides small and disadvantaged businesses with specialized considerations, including alternative bonding and progress payments, access to business assistance offices within agencies, and targeted outreach by procurement officials.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) announced his support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month yesterday at the State Capitol with House Resolution 448.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), majority chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee held a public hearing today to gather testimony on Rep. Jesse Topper’s (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) proposal to repeal the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) flexible pricing ability.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) has introduced legislation to expand title protection for licensed dietitian nutritionists and ensure those presenting themselves as qualified professionals underwent appropriate education and training.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will hold a public hearing to learn more about efforts to attract large businesses to southeastern Pennsylvania. Among the issues to be discussed will include challenges to attract business and industry to this region of the state, along with suggestions for improvement.
EAST STROUDSBURG – Continuing to shed light on the current health crisis caused by Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in the Commonwealth, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) along with Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren), chairwoman of the House Health Committee, and other committee members held a public hearing to talk with local and state officials and their recommendations about how the state can combat this crisis.
WHAT: Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation to repeal the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) flexible pricing ability (House Bill 1512).
WHAT: Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will be hosting Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren), chairwoman of the House Health Committee, and other committee members for a public hearing to discuss Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses as well as obstacles, suggestions, current endeavors and future concerns to be considered.
ERIE - In June, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) declaring Sept. 7, 2019, as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: The House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York County), will host a public hearing on Sunday hunting, which is illegal in Pennsylvania. The Senate passed legislation in June that would allow three days of Sunday hunting each calendar year, including one during rifled deer season and one during statewide deer archery season.
HARRISBURG – Tasked with the imperative job of seeing Pennsylvanian’s dairy industry grow and thrive into the next decade, the recently established Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission added two additional members who both bring multi-generational, on-the-farm experience to the commission.
WHAT: Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) will be sworn in as the new state representative of the 85th Legislative District. Rowe won the Aug. 20 special election to fill the seat vacated by now-United States Congressman Fred Keller.
EFFORT – Area veterans joined Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) and other state and local officials Wednesday to officially dedicate a portion of Route 115 in Monroe County as the Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today filed two pieces of legislation which would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Hearing regarding House Bill 1773 and House Bill 1786.
WHAT: The House Manufacturing Caucus, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), and the House Cement Caucus, chaired by Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), will host a factory tour as a way to educate their colleagues about the cement and concrete industry.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), and House Appropriations Committee will travel to the Lehigh Valley to tour and hold a roundtable discussion at Ben Franklin TechVentures, a business-technology incubator owned and operated by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP). BFTP/NEP invests in and supports early-stage, technology-based companies and established manufacturers to create and retain jobs, and advance technologies that improve the human condition. BFTP/NEP provides technical and business expertise, referrals and resources, and networking opportunities in addition to funding.