HARRISBURG ¬– In the few months since Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act (formerly House Bill 1300), Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) reintroduced today the measure as House Bill 1800 after the governor says he now supports voter identification.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) won a major victory this week when the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) finally surrendered data he requested more than a year ago. At issue is the data the Wolf administration used to prevent Lebanon County businesses from reopening following the statewide shutdown.
HARRISBURG—After touring storm ravaged sections of Horsham and Upper Dublin with local and state officials, Reps. Shelby Labs (R-Bucks) and Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) announced today that they introduced legislation to extend Gov. Tom Wolf’s State of Emergency declaration. The General Assembly reconvenes Monday.
HARRISBURG – In response to repeated requests by the Legislature, the Wolf administration has finally provided additional data on Pennsylvanians currently suffering from COVID-19 infections, direct consequences of individual vaccination choices and who is most at risk for infection. Pennsylvanians now have a much clearer picture about the current COVID-19 challenges facing our Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The House Health Committee on Tuesday voted to adopt a letter requesting a determination from the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents on whether the regulatory process and the Regulatory Review Act applies to the acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s indoor mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care centers.
HARRISBURG – Recognizing the means in which Gov. Tom Wolf, through the Department of Health, issued a statewide mask mandate for students and school staff, exceeded his authority, Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg) joined members of the House Health Committee to call on the Joint Committee on Documents to review the mandate.
DOYLESTOWN - Reps. Craig Staats (R-Bucks) and Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) announced the introduction of a legislative package to better protect children in the Pennsylvania child welfare system. The bills are crafted in honor of Grace Packer, a 14-year-old girl who was murdered in Bucks County by her adoptive mother and her adoptive mother’s boyfriend in 2016.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that he has formed an advisory council to provide guidance during his review of the congressional redistricting plan to be developed and passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – To ensure elections are conducted in a fair manner, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R- Berks/Lehigh), chairman of the House State Government Subcommittee on Campaign Finance and Elections, today led a hearing at the state Capitol on ballot order selection and randomization.
HARRISBURG – In his capacity as chairman of the House State Government Subcommittee on Campaign Finance and Elections, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) today led a hearing at the state Capitol that focused on lobbying reform legislation introduced earlier this year in the House of Representatives. The 12 bills would increase openness and transparency in the lobbying process, limit the influence of professional lobbyists, and hold lobbyists to a higher standard of ethical conduct.
HARRISBURG – Agreeing there are procedural concerns over how Pennsylvania’s current statewide mask mandate for schools was implemented, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) thanked House Health Committee Chair Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) for her letter calling on the Joint Committee on Documents to review the mandate.
HARRISBURG – House Health Committee Majority Chair Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) convened a voting meeting on Tuesday to adopt the letter (excerpted below) requesting a determination from the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents on whether the acting Health secretary’s K-12 schools and child care centers indoor masking mandate is subject to the regulatory process and the Regulatory Review Act:
BRIDGEVILLE – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today attended a stakeholder workshop organized by PennDOT to allow community leaders to provide input on alternate routes that drivers may take to avoid an I-79 bridge toll proposed by the agency.
HARRISBURG – Continuing efforts to ensure the voices of the people of Pennsylvania are not silenced by those who try to pay for access and influence, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) submitted testimony today in support of legislation that would establish new rules for lobbyists in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Gary W. Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), chairman of the House Aging and Older Adults Services Committee, held a public hearing today discussing the suspension of regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it relates to the treatment and residency of older adults in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon), majority chairman of the House Local Government Committee, held a joint public hearing with the House and Senate Local Government committees today.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is joining House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) and state Sen. Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks) in introducing legislation to establish a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence administered jointly by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Health.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Robert Matzie (D-Beaver/Allegheny) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would amend the Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) Act to allow more flexibility in the creation of districts, while also streamlining the process to allow for maximum return on investment.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) today introduced legislation to amend the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA), Act 9 of 1980, to permit real estate schools which have been approved to provide in-person instruction to also livestream the course, offering it to remote students.
HARRISBURG – With representatives called back to legislative session early, House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced that three hearings on congressional redistricting that were to be held Sept. 20, 21 and 22 have been rescheduled for October.