Simmons’ ‘Caylee’s Law’ Legislation Advances to House Floor

Apr. 21, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation which would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child, sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton), was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today and sent to the floor of the House of Representatives for further consideration.

House Passes Greiner Bill to Relieve County Governments of Costly Mandates

Apr. 21, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock) that would remove the requirement that any cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) be made retroactive to the last COLA. By removing this mandate, House Bill 239 aims to protect taxpayers from excessive tax increases and reinforce local control of county pension boards.

House Manufacturing Caucus to Visit Franklin County Plants

Apr. 20, 2015 /

WHAT: Members of the House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh), will tour the Volvo Construction Equipment and Manitowoc Cranes facilities in Franklin County. The tours will be hosted by Reps. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and Paul Schemel (R-Franklin).

PA State Capitol Hosts Programs to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of the Funeral of President Lincoln

Apr. 20, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – One of America’s largest outpourings of national grief occurred when Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865. One week later, on April 21, his nine-car funeral train steamed out of Washington, D.C., stopping in the Pennsylvania cities of York, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, for what became one of most historic train journeys in American history. Lincoln’s open coffin was placed in state at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the evening of April 21 through the morning of April 22.

House Health and Insurance Committees Examine ACA’s Impact on Drug Companies

Apr. 17, 2015 /

WHAT: Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), chairman of the House Insurance Committee, are holding a joint informational hearing to get a better understanding of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on pharmaceutical manufacturers and companies.

Barrar’s Bill Modernizing the State’s 911 Law Passes House Committee

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, today lead the committee in a vote on legislation to update and enhance the Commonwealth’s 911 emergency communications law. The bill passed with bipartisan support.

House Committee Approves Jozwiak’s ‘American-Made Flag’ Bill

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee on Tuesday in Harrisburg approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) that would require Commonwealth agencies and the General Assembly to purchase only American and Pennsylvania flags that are manufactured in the United States.

House Passes Simmons’ Student Health and Safety Bill

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) that would help to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania school students who suffer from severe allergic reactions. House Bill 423 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Approves Vereb-Backed Measure Honoring Law Enforcement Officers

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – The state House today in Harrisburg approved a resolution initially introduced by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) honoring the service of police officers in the Commonwealth and across America by making 2015 the Year of the Law Enforcement Officer in Pennsylvania.

Committee Unanimously Approves Ward’s Bill to Improve, Transform Deteriorating Communities

Apr. 15, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – In order to help revitalize areas where abandoned or blighted properties are located, Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) has introduced legislation approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee that would allow developers and property owners to receive a tax abatement incentive once they apply and are approved to rebuild upon an abandoned property or in a deteriorated area.

Legislation to Increase Penalties for Concealing Identity While Committing Robbery Passes House, Says Regan

Apr. 14, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to make sentencing tougher on criminals who hide their faces during the commission of a robbery passed the House this week, said the bill’s author, Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland). The bill, if enacted, would specifically call upon the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to increase the sentence range for a person who commits a robbery while concealing, or trying to conceal, all or part of his or her face during a robbery.

Bloom Bill to Deliver Fairness and Cost Savings to Taxpayers

Apr. 14, 2015 /

HARRISBURG –Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today introduced legislation that would make a much-needed update to Pennsylvania’s controversial Prevailing Wage Law, ensuring uniformity and fairness with respect to all taxpayer-funded, public construction projects.