Metcalfe Employee Stock Ownership Plan Enhancement Legislation Earns House Approval

Dec. 20, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) to further enhance the many benefits and advantages that Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) have for Commonwealth family-owned businesses, employees, communities and the economy was adopted 130 - 67 by the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

House Approves Smart Justice Package, Says Kauffman

Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – In an effort to better protect the public and prison corrections staff by ensuring dangerous criminals are held accountable, the House passed a package of bills this week known as the “Smart Justice” package, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which first vetted the bills. The package also contains measures to support ex-offenders who have paid their debt to society and have demonstrated a commitment to rehabilitation.

Delozier’s Smart Justice Bill Passes House

Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – A bill that would help formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrate into society passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, according to Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), who sponsored the measure.

House Passes Metzgar Bills to Protect Correctional Facility Employees

Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – In efforts to improve safety in Pennsylvania’s correctional facilities, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House of Representatives has passed two of his bills, House Bill 256 and House Bill 257. These bills are part of a package of bills, authored by Metzgar, which would address seven key areas to improve safety for Department of Corrections staff and the public, as well as toughen penalties on prisoners who commit violent offenses against facility employees.

Quinn Good Samaritan Legislation Advances to Senate

Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring overdose victims seek an evaluation by a certified recovery specialist has been passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a bipartisan fashion, said Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), who authored the measure.

House Passes Lawrence Bills to Aid PA Dairy Farmers

Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Two bills sponsored by Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester/Lancaster) that would provide much-needed relief to Pennsylvania’s struggling dairy farmers received overwhelming bipartisan approval Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.

House Approves Bill to Protect Health Care Workers, Gillespie Announces

Dec. 17, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) today announced that the House of Representatives has passed his bill, House Bill 1879, which would amend Title 18 to add “health care practitioners” to the list of protected classes in the event of an assault. Under the bill, the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner, while in the performance of duty, would be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony of the second degree.

Causer Applauds Passage of Pro-Dairy Bills

Dec. 17, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Continuing the commitment to strengthening the state’s dairy industry, the House has approved two bills designed to boost dairy markets and ensure struggling dairy farmers receive their milk premiums, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

House Committee Voted to Keep Polk Center Open, James Says

Dec. 17, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) announced that the House Health Committee made a monumental vote today to keep Polk and White Haven state centers open, despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s call to close them both. The closures he requested would evict residents against their will and result in the loss of nearly 1,100 jobs in an area that is already struggling economically.