HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives was in voting session from March 15-17, 2021, and the Republican Caucus continued advancing its priorities of providing for an economic recovery, protecting families and reforming government for the benefit of Pennsylvanians, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) said Wednesday.
HARRISBURG—Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) and Representative Perry Stambaugh (Perry/Cumberland) introduced a proposal this week that would allow Pennsylvania residents to vote directly on the elimination of school property taxes through an amendment to the state constitution.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) has been named chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus for the 2021-22 Legislative Session.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) today ordered a special election to coincide with Pennsylvania’s primary election on Tuesday, May 18, to fill the vacant seat in the 60th Legislative District in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties.
HARRISBURG - Today, the House passed legislation, sponsored by Bucks County Reps. Craig Staats and Shelby Labs, which takes aim at a form of child sexual abuse known as “upskirting” whereby an adult takes photos up the skirts of unsuspecting individuals and posts the images online.
HARRISBURG - Today, the House approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) that would give Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) dynamic scoring capability, which would enable it to produce more informative and impactful calculations to help state lawmakers make more informed decisions concerning the Commonwealth’s financial future.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Clint Owlett’s (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) bill to help ensure justice is served in cases where children are victimized was approved by the state House this week and now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
HARRISBURG –Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, applauded House passage of a package of bills moved through the committee earlier this year that would enhance protections for child testifiers and strengthen penalties for criminals.
HARRISBURG – In the wake of the 2019 murder of a child in Lawrence County, the House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed legislation authored by Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) which focuses on the parole process for violent offenders.
HARRISBURG – The House approved legislation today by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) to protect police officers from being assaulted by spit and other bodily fluids.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s process of adjusting state legislative districts is officially underway after Republican leaders in the Legislature formally announced their appointments to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission.
HARRISBURG – The House Liquor Control Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) to help bar and restaurant owners who have closed their doors.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana/Butler) today announced he will be retiring as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives effective at the close of business today due to health issues.
HARRISBURG – Just before the governor announced plans to alleviate some restrictions on Pennsylvania’s business community, the House State Government Committee heard a hearing on Monday with the Office of the Administration to discuss their plans to bring state employees back to work in person, Chairman Seth Grove (R-Dover) said. In response, Grove issued the follow statement:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marci Mustello (R-Butler) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement he will lift some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increase gathering limits.
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced that some of his unilateral COVID-19 mitigation orders will be lifted beginning April 4, 2021.
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced that he has formally referred an investigation of the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic to the House Government Oversight Committee.
HARRUSBURG— The Southeast Pennsylvania Republican House and Senate delegation today applauded the Pennsylvania Health Department for taking steps to bring more vaccines to Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties by setting up new vaccination sites through their county governments or local health departments, and streamlining the appointment system.
HARRISBURG – Sen. David Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill) and Reps. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill), Joe Kerwin (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill) and Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon) announced that Schuylkill County would be receiving over $9 million for rental and utility assistance due to the passage of Senate Bill 109, signed into law on Friday by Governor Wolf as Act 1 of 2021.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) penned a letter Friday to Gov. Tom Wolf, asking him for an update into how the Pennsylvania Department of State failed to properly advertise a proposed ballot question.