HARRISBURG – By unanimous votes this week, the House passed two bills sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) that would make technical changes and clarify provisions in the Borough Code to better assist local governments, and would help distressed municipalities better manage their financial condition.
HARRISBURG – Working to ensure all Pennsylvania children will have access to the educational resources they need to succeed, Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Fulton/Cumberland/Franklin/Huntingdon) and Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) have introduced legislation that would create new scholarship accounts for students whose education was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) joined a majority in the state House today in voting to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution to ensure the Commonwealth’s citizens have a say in the actions of their government during emergency situations.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Resolution 836, which would terminate his March 6 disaster emergency declaration.
After months of taking action to carry the voices of Pennsylvanians concerning the governor’s response to COVID-19, today the House voted to give the people of Pennsylvania the opportunity to decide for themselves how they wish to be governed during times of emergency.
HARRISBURG - The House passed legislation authored by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union), that would permit county leaders to move their counties to a “green plus” phase of business reopening, based on the specific circumstances in their counties.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to honor former Rep. Richard A. Geist, who represented Altoona in the state House of Representatives from 1979 to 2012 was approved by the House, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), the author of the bill, announced.
HARRISBURG – The House unanimously approved legislation drafted by Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) that would add a member of the coal refuse energy and reclamation industry to the Mining Reclamation and Advisory Board (MRAB) to encourage clean-up of toxic waste areas that pollute local waterways.
HARRISBURG – More than one out of every four Pennsylvanians has applied for unemployment compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly one out of every 10 eligible applicants still has not received benefits. With so many eligible Pennsylvanians still waiting for relief from a system they paid into for years, House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) plans to hold a hearing in Harrisburg on Aug. 12 to get some answers.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) commended Senate State Government Committee Chairman John DiSanto (R-Dauphin/Perry) and members of the committee for passing his legislation that would amend the Sunshine Act to require a public agency to post public meeting agendas no later than 24 hours prior to the start of a meeting.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) participated in a recent webinar for legislators and others hosted by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) that focused on how COVID-19 is impacting kidney patients in Pennsylvania. Toohil is a living kidney donor for her mother.
HARRISBURG — Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today introduced legislation to help end the backlog in unemployment claims due to the governor’s COVID-19 pandemic closure.
HARRISBURG- Republican House Members from Bucks County today issued a letter to House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) requesting the House Government Oversight Committee conduct an investigation into the failure of the Unemployment Compensation program.
HARRISBURG - Today, Westmoreland County Republican House members expressed surprise, deep concern and frustration over Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine's recent threat to close restaurants and bars for the next two weeks in Westmoreland County.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) to allow hunters of predatory animals to use thermal and night vision equipment (House Bill 1188) is now law.
HARRISBURG - Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation authored by Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) that would update Pennsylvania's vehicle code to establish timelines for individuals who hold commercial driver's licenses (CDL) to report non-parking traffic violations to their employers.
HARRISBURG – In a bipartisan vote today, the House passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) to develop a roadmap for improving the Commonwealth’s financial condition.
HARRISBURG – A resolution to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration in Pennsylvania was presented to Gov. Wolf for his signature today. The termination was delayed after the Wolf administration took legal action to block the implementation of HR 836 despite a bipartisan adoption by the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 2025, which would require legislative approval before Pennsylvania could impose a carbon tax on electric generation, manufacturing or other industries operating in the Commonwealth, or enter into any multi-state program, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), that would impose such a tax.
HARRISBURG – According to state Reps. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey (Clearfield/Cambria), voting for House Bill 2025 is as much about protecting Pennsylvania’s citizens from an unaccountable executive as it is about protecting jobs in key local industries.