Bill would require executive orders to be scrutinized for fiscal impact
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) is calling on the governor to sign into law House Bill 131, which was approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The bill would ensure that veterans and their families who qualify for GI Bill education benefits are charged in-state tuition rates in Pennsylvania, despite the enactment of a federal law last fall.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced that the House Children and Youth Committee voted in favor of his legislation to reinstate adult adoptees’ rights to access their original birth certificates.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) voted in favor of a House resolution this week condemning boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel and growing incidents of anti-Semitism.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s local government entities would have more flexibility to invest local funds under legislation sponsored by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and approved unanimously by the House Local Government Committee.
Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will lead the committee in a vote on two bills to impact the Pennsylvania National Guard and general public:
HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver/Butler) that would ease the financial stresses faced by individuals with disabilities and help them to plan for the future.
HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to support senior citizens and their family caregivers by keeping ailing residents in their own home longer has been approved by the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee this week, said the bill’s author, Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny). The bill is known as the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act.
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will consider House Bill 162, which would allow Pennsylvania adult adoptees access to their original birth information.
HARRISBURG – Representing a victory for crime victims, today the House passed legislation with unanimous support authored by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery). House Bill 758 advocates for crime victims by working to ensure that they will receive restitution.
HARRISBURG – On Monday, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting in favor of the “Protecting Excellent Teachers Act,” a bill aimed at keeping Pennsylvania’s best teachers right where they belong – in the classroom.
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County Republican Delegation yesterday met with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and other legislators to plan for an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The group discussed the most effective way to protect the more than 1,000 Lancaster County flocks that contribute to Pennsylvania’s $13 billion poultry industry.
HARRISBURG – This week, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) joined his House colleagues in unanimously passing House Bill 1164, a measure which seeks to reform Pennsylvania’s child care benefits structure, known as the “benefits cliff,” in order to help families retain temporary assistance, while allowing them to earn their way out of poverty.
BEDFORD -The House Aging and Older Adult Committee today voted unanimously in favor of legislation intended to increase cooperation between state agencies, in order to enhance protection from senior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls which lead to financial exploitation, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) said.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today voted to approve legislation to keep Pennsylvania’s best teachers in the classroom and boost student achievement by ending the practice of seniority-based layoffs, said Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), author of the measure.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously to approve landmark legislation, introduced by Reps. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) that would help low-income working Pennsylvanians fulfill their own “American Dream.”
HARRISBURG – In an attempt to rid Pennsylvania’s judicial system of corruption and maintain a level of respect in courtrooms, House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) moved legislation to authorize an investigation into the conduct of Lancaster County Magisterial District Judge Kelly Ballentine during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today applauded members of the House State Government Committee for their unanimous support of a measure that would allow the Borough of Carlisle to sell a portion of park land along the Pennsylvania Turnpike with proceeds to be reinvested in parks and recreational development.
HARRISBURG – In another effort to protect owners of natural gas royalty leases, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) today said legislation is being reintroduced in the form of House Bill 1391 to guard natural gas royalty owners from unjustified post-production cost deductions.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) to address a major problem with the filing of amended corporate net tax income returns in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the state House today.