HARRISBURG – The House approved House Bill 1021, part of a two-bill package, introduced by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to allow the House and Senate to take a more active role in legal proceedings when a law is challenged as being unconstitutional.
HARRISBURG – Yesterday, the House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), passed four charter school reform bills which seek to deal with a range of issues relating to charter school administration and expansion.
HARRISBURG – Legislation drafted by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would offer a free college education in exchange for a Pennsylvania National Guard member’s six-year reenlistment received unanimous support from the full House today. The education could be shared with the member’s spouse and/or child.
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals. They include measures that would add language in law clarifying that parents have the right to and should be allowed to secure mental health treatment for their children (House Bill 672); define a best practice for loved ones to be notified when a person decides to leave addiction treatment against medical advice (House Bill 1052); and direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the mental health provider shortage in Pennsylvania and issue a report (House Resolution 193).
WHAT: House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Vice Chairman Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a news conference to discuss legislation that would improve Pennsylvania’s foster care system. Boback’s measure, House Bill 856, would reinstate the extension of permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies. Toohil’s proposal, House Bill 1326, would create a program to help foster care youth with obtaining driver’s education, training and costs associated with maintaining an auto insurance policy. House Bill 1276, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin), would create a program to assist foster care youth with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.
WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will lead the committee on a vote of the following House bills:
HARRISBURG –With the Commonwealth still leading the nation in documented cases of Lyme disease, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) sponsored House Resolution 38, which designates May 2019 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by ticks and is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has been selected to serve in a leadership position for the nation’s oldest non-partisan organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.
HARRISBURG –Rep. Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) recently introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow municipal elected officials to be removed from office for lack of attendance at public meetings.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) has been selected to serve on The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) national Future of Work Task Force.
HARRISBURG – To give voters more say in their community and to close a loophole in the updated liquor laws, the House approved on Wednesday Rep. Jesse Topper’s (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) House Bill 423 to allow for ballot referendums to authorize “dry” municipalities to issue special liquor licenses to manufacturers.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) joined fellow House members to approve legislation to address and reduce debt in Pennsylvania, which are part of efforts to reform how state government operates.
HARRISBURG – The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), will travel to Elk County on Thursday, May 16, to receive an update on the state’s forest products industry.
HARRISBURG - The state Senate has unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) that would provide civil immunity for damages resulting from forcibly entering a motor vehicle to rescue an individual. House Bill 279 awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature into law.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to honor the efforts of a late Beaver County community leader passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today, said Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), author of the legislation.
House Bill 1281 would officially designate the Interstate 376 bridge over the Ohio River in Vanport Township, Beaver County, as the Richard L. Shaw Memorial Bridge.
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness (VAEP) Committee unanimously supported legislation drafted by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would establish the Keystone State Challenge Academy Fund in the state Treasury, making it eligible to receive state funding.
House leader says Legislature will continue efforts to stop local gun control
HARRISBURG – Two pro-life bills championed by State House Health Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) are moving forward this week.
HARRISBURG – Noting that “buy it now, pay for it much later” policies negatively impact the state’s credit rating and cost more money, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) today lauded House passage of two debt-reduction bills designed to protect Pennsylvania taxpayers.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would allow a fee to be charged for certain right-to-know requests, sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton), was reported out of the House State Government Committee Monday. House Bill 283 will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.