HAZLETON – After attending Thursday’s public hearing regarding White Haven Center (WHC) conducted by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced they are working with the chairman of the House Human Services Committee, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), to hold an urgent meeting regarding the pending closure of the facility for the physically and mentally challenged.
HARRISBURG – Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin) has been named to the Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission, where he joins commission Chairman Brett Reinford from Reinford Farms in Mifflintown.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today announced that he has introduced legislation, House Bill 1804, which would reform the standards used for the Small and Disadvantaged Business Program (SDB) under the Department of General Services (DGS). This program provides small and disadvantaged businesses with specialized considerations, including alternative bonding and progress payments, access to business assistance offices within agencies, and targeted outreach by procurement officials.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) announced his support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month yesterday at the State Capitol with House Resolution 448.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), majority chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee held a public hearing today to gather testimony on Rep. Jesse Topper’s (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) proposal to repeal the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) flexible pricing ability.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) has introduced legislation to expand title protection for licensed dietitian nutritionists and ensure those presenting themselves as qualified professionals underwent appropriate education and training.
EAST STROUDSBURG – Continuing to shed light on the current health crisis caused by Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in the Commonwealth, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) along with Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren), chairwoman of the House Health Committee, and other committee members held a public hearing to talk with local and state officials and their recommendations about how the state can combat this crisis.
ERIE - In June, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) declaring Sept. 7, 2019, as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Tasked with the imperative job of seeing Pennsylvanian’s dairy industry grow and thrive into the next decade, the recently established Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission added two additional members who both bring multi-generational, on-the-farm experience to the commission.
EFFORT – Area veterans joined Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) and other state and local officials Wednesday to officially dedicate a portion of Route 115 in Monroe County as the Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today filed two pieces of legislation which would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.
MEDIA – Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) commended the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for fining Sunoco Pipeline, LP more than $300,000 for unauthorized discharges of drilling fluids throughout the state including into Chester Creek and other wetlands in Middletown Township.
HARRISBURG – The Special Education Funding Commission, which was originally established in Act 3 of 2012 to review and make recommendations regarding special education funding, is being reconstituted to review the current formula that determines special education payments to school districts in Pennsylvania, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.
HARRISBURG – In light of the recent assault of a local young man with intellectual disabilities on the Hoodlebug Trail in Homer City, Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) has come out in strong support for the victim and his family, as well as all persons with disabilities who are the victims of these heinous crimes.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) circulated a co-sponsor memo today for legislation to allow students in Harrisburg City schools to attend a school of their choice through tuition scholarships.
FAYETTE COUNTY – Seeking to make beer and wine more accessible and convenient for residents to purchase, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), majority chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee held a public hearing to discuss Rep. Matt Dowling’s (R-Fayette/Somerset) Customer Convenience Permit legislation, House Bill 1644.
EAST STROUDSBURG – Looking to continue to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), Rich and Anna Levitan, and many others spoke at a reception in Buck Hill, co-hosted by Weiler Corporation and TextLess Live More, on Friday, Aug. 23.
HARRISBURG – Leaders of the House Republican Caucus issued the following statement regarding recommendations issued after a grand jury investigation into a former member.
UNIONTOWN – In the vein of an overarching theme driven by House Republican Caucus this legislative session, state Reps. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), Seth Grove (R-York) and Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) drafted the Reinventing Government bill package to create better government, more economic prosperity and stronger communities.
MEDIA – State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) has renewed his push to close the gun show loophole for background checks.