HARRISBURG – Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) became chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Tuesday upon appointment by Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has joined other female legislators from around the country in signing a letter seeking federal funding to help disadvantaged families pay for broadband service during the COVID-19 health emergency.
HARRISBURG-- Legislation introduced by Rep. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) to ensure that women receive coverage for custom breast prosthetics when that choice is the best option post-mastectomy surgery has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
HARRISBURG – After hearing hundreds of firsthand accounts from unemployed residents regarding the long delays in receiving jobless benefits, Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) will introduce legislation in the near future to provide a possible solution.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is no longer conducting weekly televised news conferences to update the spread of COVID-19. State Reps. Tommy Sankey (R-Hastings) and Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) are now calling on the state’s Department of Labor and Industry to begin a similar practice by regularly addressing the Commonwealth’s economic “health” in a public forum.
The House Republican leadership team issued the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling on Scarnati v. Wolf, a ruling that strikes down the bipartisan vote to end the ongoing emergency declaration:
HARRISBURG – Bans and fees on single-use plastic bags could prove to be costly and have unintended consequences, according to a study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a joint committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
YORK – A former feed mill in York County, once used as a prop for Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax tour, is being torn down despite the absence of a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas consumers. To date, York County has received nearly $3.5 million dollars, including more than $378,000 it received today, in impact fees from taxes on unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania despite there not being a well in the county.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) today announced that the governor has signed his bill, House Bill 1003, which strengthens the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) ability to enforce the marking of low head or run-of-the-river dams. The bill was signed into law as Act 39 of 2020.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to sign a bill he drafted that would authorize a land swap between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Ohiopyle Borough to increase water access for Ohiopyle State Park. The General Assembly unanimously supported the legislation.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) has introduced an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow for the recall of elected officials who oversee local or state executive branches, agencies or departments.
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday the governor signed into law a bill authored by Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) that requires a review of all Commonwealth debt obligations and the identification of refinancing options in a report to the General Assembly.
DOVER – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) released today a report on the costs Pennsylvanians pay in interest for intergovernmental loans.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) today asked Attorney General Josh Shapiro to prevent the city from removing the statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia until the city reconstitutes the Fairmount Park Commission.
HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House once again approved a measure introduced by Reps. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) and Patrick Harkins (D-Erie), which would broaden the allocation of proceeds from Lake Erie fishing permits or stamps issued by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) today announced that both chambers of the General Assembly have 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 – Today, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee held an informational meeting which addressed long-term care facility resident safety during COVID-19.
HARRISBURG – A bill to allow the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set its own fees has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature to become law.
HARRISBURG – A much-needed piece of legislation that deals with individuals who have criminal records and are attempting to return to the workforce in a field that requires state licensure is on the verge of becoming law. Senate Bill 637, which now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature, includes an amendment offered in committee by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) that passed the House earlier this year as House Bill 1477 (which she authored).
HARRISBURG – Legislation to ensure that women receive coverage for custom breast prosthetics when that choice is the best option post-mastectomy surgery has been approved by the state Senate, said Rep. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks), who authored the measure.