Committee to Consider Three Human Service Bills, Resolutions

May. 13, 2019 /

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).

Boback, Toohil to Discuss Foster Care Legislation at Capitol News Conference

May. 13, 2019 /

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.

Topper Bill to Close Alcohol Sales Loophole Approved by House

May. 10, 2019 / Press Release

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.

Boback’s Child Protection Bill on the Verge of Becoming Law

May. 09, 2019 /

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.

House Approves Kail Bill to Honor Local Community Leader

May. 08, 2019 /

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.

Speaker Lauds House Approval of Debt-Reduction Bills

May. 08, 2019 /

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.

Simmons Right-to-Know Fee Bill Garners Committee Approval

May. 08, 2019 /

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.