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.
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.
HARRISBURG – House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) was pleased that his legislation to prohibit harassment, stalking or making threats by parties involved in a labor dispute was passed today during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting.
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.
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.
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, led by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing regarding the disability services system in Pennsylvania for adults with developmental or physical disabilities.
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) was sworn in today to serve the people of the 170th District in Northeast Philadelphia.
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.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s more than 4,500 local government bodies, and the public servants who help run them, were honored today by the House of Representatives, said Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), chairman of the House Local Government Committee.
HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday looking into the details of House Bill 860, school property tax reform legislation recently introduced by House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York).
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.
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.
HARRISBURG – From the mid-1700s until the 1970s, industrial hemp was an important agricultural component of the Commonwealth’s economy. If two lawmakers have their way, the crop could soon return to Pennsylvania fields.
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.
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hold a public hearing on House Bill 162, which would allow Pennsylvania adult adoptees access to their original birth certificate.
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.
HARRISBURG - Members of the Chester County House delegation announced their opposition to the budget plan proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, which would have a net negative impact on Chester County taxpayers of $177 million.
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:
WHAT: A roundtable discussion with parents of a successful, quality Pittsburgh charter school.
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.