HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) is pleased with the advancements of three of his bills this week. They are all bills that passed through the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, of which is he the majority chairman.
HARRISBURG – The state House unanimously approved legislation this week to ensure the state’s Clean and Green program is working as it was intended, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.
WHAT: The House Joint DUI Task Force, comprised of Republican and Democratic members of the House Judiciary and Transportation committees, will hold its first informational meeting to evaluate Pennsylvania’s DUI statute. Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Lancaster) will explain his legislation that would require all repeat and first-time DUI offenders with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.10 percent or greater to use an ignition interlock on their vehicle for at least six months.
HARRISBURG — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other related “vaping” products to minors was unanimously advanced by the House Judiciary Committee today for consideration on the House floor.
WHAT: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, together with Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), will host the last of nine hearings in the committee’s statewide business and jobs tour to discuss Pennsylvania’s economy and business climate with employers across Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – For colleagues of state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland), opposing standardized testing is just as important as increasing funding for libraries.
HARRISBURG - Reps. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) and Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) this week joined every member of the House in voting to reject a proposal mirroring the tax increases advanced by Gov. Tom Wolf for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hold an informational meeting with Acting Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas about his vision for the Department of Human Services. He will also take questions from committee members.
WHAT: Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will convene the second of two public hearings focusing on legislation (Senate Bill 1), which would dramatically restructure Pennsylvania’s two public employee pension systems – the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).
HARRISBURG – The governor in March proposed a variety of new taxes to pay for billions of dollars in new spending in his first state budget plan. State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) and his colleagues in the state House on Monday voted unanimously to reject those tax increases.
HARRISBURG – Chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) issued the following statement in response to the unanimous vote today rejecting Gov. Wolf’s tax plan:
HARRISBURG – Tri-County state House delegation members Reps. Matt Gabler
(R-Clearfield/Elk), Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) and Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) today joined their colleagues in unanimously defeating the tax increase legislation proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his March 3 budget proposal by a vote of 193-0. The vote was taken on an amendment to House Bill 283 that would have raised taxes by nearly $5 billion. The amendment proposed to increase the state’s Personal Income Tax by 21 percent, the Sales and Use Tax rate by 10 percent and would have subjected items such as diapers, day care expenses, textbooks, professional services and nursing home care to sales tax for the first time in Pennsylvania history.
HARRISBURG – The House voted unanimously today in favor an amendment which included the tax plans found the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said. Grove authored the amendment in order for the plans to receive fair and timely consideration on the floor of the House.
HARRISBURG – To help fight back against the epidemic of opioid-based overdoses and deaths in Pennsylvania, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) has successfully inserted an amendment into the 2015-16 state budget for additional funding for an emergency treatment program.
HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee today unanimously approved a pair of bills authored by state Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) that would honor two notable Clearfield County citizens. Both pieces of legislation may now be considered by the full House.
HARRISNBURG—Following up on her commitment to increase safety for our state’s most vulnerable citizens, Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) joined her colleagues in passing legislation to hold those accountable who place young children in danger and to enhance our state’s 911 systems.
HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee today approved Rep. Martin Causer’s (R-Turtlepoint) legislation to increase the income eligibility limit for the state’s reduced-fee vehicle registration program for retirees.
WHAT: Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will convene the first of two public hearings focusing on legislation (Senate Bill 1) which would dramatically restructure Pennsylvania’s two public employee pension systems – the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).
WHAT: Central Pennsylvania members of the House Republican Caucus will discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal, which relies on expanded taxes and borrowing to fund spending increases. House members have introduced a plan that, unlike the governor’s, would not increase taxes on the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
LANCASTER – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) hosted an energy roundtable today focusing on the statewide benefits and downstream development of natural gas and discussing employment ramifications from imposing an additional tax on natural gas.