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.

House Passes Evankovich Bill that Delays Release of Information in Death Investigations

Apr. 14, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) that would delay the release of information in death investigations, sparing family members of the decedent from further anguish, was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 297 will next be considered by the Senate.

Martina White Sworn In to the House

Apr. 13, 2015 /

HARRISBURG -- Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) was sworn in today to serve the people of the 170th District in Northeast Philadelphia.

Legislation Allowing Pharmacists to Offer Flu Shots to Children Passes House, Grove Says

Apr. 13, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation which would increase access by allowing pharmacists to offer flu vaccines to children ages 9 and older, with parental permission, passed the House today, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), the author of the bill, said. House Bill 182, if eventually signed into law, would also allow licensed pharmacy interns under the direct supervision of a pharmacist to administer the vaccine.

Hickernell and Aument Introduce School Funding Guarantee Legislation

Apr. 13, 2015 /

Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) and Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) today began the process of introducing legislation that would guarantee all Pennsylvania schools would continue to be funded at the previous fiscal year’s amount if a new appropriation is not enacted by Aug. 15 of a given year.

Pickett Advances Bill to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program

Apr. 13, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – To ensure that children enrolled in the state’s health insurance program can continue with the coverage, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has secured approval from the House Insurance Committee to extend the program for two more years.

Barrar to Lead House Committee in Vote on 9-1-1 Center Funding Legislation

Apr. 13, 2015 /

WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will lead the committee in its consideration of House Bill 911. The bill would modernize our state’s 911 law to address next generation 911 technologies, create a uniform 911 surcharge, establish a 911 board, create a 911 fund reimbursement process and reauthorizes the provisions of the Commonwealth’s 911 law until June 30, 2019.

House Insurance Committee to Consider Bill to Extend CHIP

Apr. 10, 2015 /

WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), will consider legislation she has sponsored (House Bill 857) to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Dec. 31, 2017. The program is expected to sunset by Dec. 31, 2015. In Pennsylvania, more than 145,000 children are currently enrolled in CHIP.

Wolf’s Tax Proposals Will Hurt Higher Education, Lawmakers Say

Apr. 10, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit today to the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at York College, Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) and Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) and Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) issued the following statement explaining the impact of the governor’s proposed budget on higher education in Pennsylvania:

White to Take Oath of Office April 13

Apr. 10, 2015 /

WHAT: Rep.-elect Martina White (R-Philadelphia) will take the oath of office at the beginning of House session and to officially begin her service to the people of the 170th District in Northeast Philadelphia. White was elected to office last month to fill the remainder of the term of Congressman Brendan Boyle.