HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) announced today that he has been appointed to serve on the Public Higher Education Funding Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration and operations.
CARLISLE – To learn more about a variety of businesses throughout southcentral Pennsylvania and the challenges they face in creating good jobs for Pennsylvanians, the House Majority Policy Committee toured several locations in the region this week, according to Policy Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest).
For years, if not decades, people have urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to come up with a viable solution for relief from school property taxes that are forcing senior citizens out of their homes. But their appeals appeared to fall on deaf ears. Believe me, I know the frustration as I was one of those people asking my elected officials to fix this problem.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled his proposal to eliminate school property taxes at a Capitol press conference today. The measure, House Bill 13, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, would replace 100% of all school property taxes. The entire press conference can be viewed on Ryan’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/RepFrankRyan.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) is introducing a package of bills targeting violent criminals who use firearms.
HARRISBURG — Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s gun violence prevention executive order:
HARRISBURG – As a former legislative staff member and nearly five-term member of the Legislature, state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) has been on the front lines of the property tax debate. For that reason, she has been appointed to serve on a School Property Tax Working Group that met Monday for the second time. The group consists of House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle.
HARRISBURG - Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement on the passing of Bruce Hanson, director of research for the House Republican Caucus:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer asking him to conduct a thorough investigation of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Board of Probation and Parole following several recent murders by state parolees.
PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – The Commonwealth’s efforts to protect the state’s food supply through animal health and biosecurity initiatives was the focus of a joint meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Wednesday during Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order last week that overhauls Pennsylvania’s protective services systems, including the creation of a child advocate position within state government.
HARRISBURG – House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R- Lackawanna/ Luzerne/Wyoming) today announced the creation of a new hotline to help grandparents raising grandchildren access and better understand the resources and programs available to them.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) this morning sent a letter to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Majority Leader Brian Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Judiciary Chairman Rob Kaufman (R-Franklin) requesting consideration of his bill to disarm people who are shown to be a danger to themselves and others.
ALTOONA – Blair County will play host to a House Transportation Committee public hearing later this month, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), a member of the committee and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, announced today. The hearing is slated to be held at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1200 9th Ave. in Altoona, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. The Transportation Committee is also scheduled to tour the Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Juniata shops in Altoona on Thursday, Aug. 29.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to provide residents with a voice in a wind turbine project in Carbon County, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has introduced legislation that would require the developer to get voter approval first through a ballot referendum.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) has issued the following statement regarding his appointment to a newly formed House task force focused on transportation and infrastructure:
HARRISBURG – The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) recently announced it will honor Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) with its annual Charles Dick Medal of Merit at its national convention in Denver, Colo., on Labor Day weekend.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) has been appointed to a newly formed task force charged with outlining the next steps to ensure the Commonwealth’s transportation and infrastructure systems are ready for future economic growth.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) has been selected to join the newly appointed House Republican transportation and infrastructure task force. The task force will work to determine the next phases of infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate the demands of expanding industries and a growing economy without putting any additional burdens on taxpayers.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) have been appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to serve as members of a legislative task force that will conduct a study on “warm handoff to treatment” for individuals in Pennsylvania struggling with drug addiction.