Pickett’s Consumer Protection Bill Heads to House Floor

Oct. 30, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would provide protections from surprise medical balance bills to Pennsylvania consumers, sponsored by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), on Tuesday was unanimously reported out of the House Insurance Committee, which Pickett chairs. House Bill 1862 will next be considered by the full House.

Chairman Everett Applauds Bipartisan Election Code Modernization Bill

Oct. 30, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Chairman of the House State Government Committee, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union), today announced a sweeping update to the Pennsylvania Election Code that made its way through the General Assembly this week, paving the way for one of the largest election code reforms in decades.

James Votes to Protect Elections, Give Voters Convenience

Oct. 29, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) issued the following statement after joining a majority of his colleagues in voting for legislation to modernize elections in the Commonwealth which would not go into effect until after April 28, 2020:

House Advances Most Substantial Election Reforms in 80 Years

Oct. 29, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The most comprehensive effort to modernize and improve Pennsylvania’s elections since the 1930s was passed by the House of Representatives today. Senate Bill 421 establishes mail-in voting in the Commonwealth, gives Pennsylvanians more time to register to vote ahead of elections, and eliminates the straight-party ticket option from ballots.

House Advances Bills to Support “Helpers and Heroes”

Oct. 29, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives sent more than a dozen bills to the state Senate this month to address a growing statewide crisis in attracting and retaining volunteer firefighters and EMTs. The package of bills, which garnered bipartisan support, is intended to aid in recruiting and retaining volunteer first responders, and also to show respect and appreciation to current volunteers who put their lives on the line for their friends and neighbors.

Dowling and Simmons Bill to Provide Transparency for Voters

Oct. 29, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – To provide greater transparency for voters, state Reps. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) and Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) drafted legislation to eliminate the ability for all candidates for public office to cross-file their nomination petitions.

House Answers Call from Helpers and Heroes

Oct. 29, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – As communities across Pennsylvania face a growing crisis in attracting volunteer first responders, the House took action this month, passing more than a dozen bills that help recruit, retain and show respect for those willing to put their lives on the line for their friends and neighbors.

Sims Finally Apologizes for Bullying, Harassing, Doxing

Oct. 28, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Following the receipt of a card from Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) to the victims he bullied and harassed, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) has asked that House Resolution 387, to censure Sims, be withdrawn.