HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Health (DOH). Here are the key takeaways from the day: Acting Health Secretary refuses to say deadly nursing home order was a mistake...
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) is reintroducing legislation which Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed in the 2019-20 session that would have required Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to be taken up in the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – During Thursday’s House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam refused to say whether or not the administration’s order putting COVID-19-positive patients back in nursing homes from hospitals was a mistake and could not provide an explanation as to why the department expanded Phase 1A vaccination eligibility when it knew it did not have the supply to accommodate the expansion.
HARRISBURG – House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced the updated schedule of hearings to review Pennsylvania’s election process the committee is conducting.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) was appointed by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, to serve as a deputy chairwoman for the committee.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Agriculture (PDA), Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Lincoln University and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). Here are the key takeaways from the day:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (I-Carbon/Luzerne) announced that Kaufer’s legislation (House Bill 12) honoring former PennDOT employee George Dennis Jr. was passed unanimously by the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for approval.
HARRISBURG – The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), heard testimony Wednesday reaffirming the potentially devastating economic impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal on working families across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The Senate today approved legislation authored by Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) that would have the Pennsylvania National Guard assist with the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Department of General Services (DGS) and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). The PLCB was accompanied by the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of the Pennsylvania State Police. Here are the key takeaways from the day: Bridge tolling proposal sparked significant debate.....
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) will hold a hearing entitled “Wolf Budget: What Does it Really Mean for Working Families?”
HARRISBURG – During House Appropriations Committee budget hearings this morning, Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) asked PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian about the department’s plans to toll nine bridges in the Commonwealth, including the I-79 bridge at the Bridgeville exit.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) was troubled to learn the Pennsylvania Department of Aging took action to block the release of documents to a federally empaneled grand jury looking into an unusually high rate of COVID-19 related deaths at a nursing home in western Pennsylvania. The revelation from Secretary of Aging Robert Torres came to light during state budget hearings conducted by the House Appropriations Committee currently underway in Harrisburg.
WHAT: PA House Environmental Resources and Energy (ERE) Committee Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will convene an informational meeting focusing on the state of the Commonwealth’s oil and natural gas energy-enabled economy and what future policies are needed to protect family-sustaining energy jobs, ensure affordable energy costs and generate increased energy independence.
HARRISBURG—Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) will introduce legislation with Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to establish safe patient limits under the care of an individual nurse in Pennsylvania hospitals. The legislation will be known as the Patient Safety Act.
WHAT: The House and Senate State Government committees will hold a joint hearing to receive testimony on how a delayed 2020 Census may impact congressional reapportionment and legislative redistricting.
When Gov. Tom Wolf gave his second to last budget address earlier this month, it reminded me of his first budget address when he proposed a complete overhaul of the Commonwealth’s tax structure to take more of your money to drastically increase government expenditures.
HARRISBURG – In questioning the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell during today’s House budget hearings, Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and McDonnell found common ground when the secretary acknowledged that proper natural gas development has indeed been beneficial to the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Here are the key takeaways from the day: Now is certainly not the time to raise taxes on Pennsylvanians who are already struggling.....
HARRISBURG — Today, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 29 co-sponsors introduced House Resolution 56 calling for the impeachment of Gov. Tom Wolf.