HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today voted to advance Rep. Jim Struzzi’s (R-Indiana) House Bill 2025, which would require legislative authorization before Pennsylvania could impose a carbon tax on employers engaged in 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. The bill was passed by a bipartisan majority of 130-71.
HARRISBURG – Ensuring that the people’s voices are heard on major environmental policies statewide, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) today thanked her House colleagues in voting for legislation that would require legislative authorization before Pennsylvania could impose a carbon tax.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has been appointed to serve on the House Judiciary Committee, giving him the opportunity to be the first line of defense on any proposal that may seek to infringe on people’s Second Amendment rights.
HARRISBURG – Yesterday, the House passed Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s (R-Luzerne) House Bill 2350 by a vote of 164-37. This legislation is part of a crucial Medicaid Fraud Reform bill package aimed at strengthening requirements for Medicaid providers, ensuring taxpayer funds are being used responsibly, providing stronger system oversight and making proper adjustments to the Medicaid system to increase its usefulness and reliability.
HARRISBURG - Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) has been appointed by House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) to serve as one of 23 members on the Election Law Advisory Board within the Join State Government Commission. The board was established as a component of Act 12 of 2020, which modernized the Commonwealth’s electoral system.
HARRIBURG—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to give veterans a discount on state park fees has passed the House.
HARRISBURG – A bill to expand membership on the state’s Hardwoods Development Council has been unanimously approved by the state House, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.
HARRISBURG — Legislation that would increase transparency and consumer choice in the prescription drug marketplace now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature to become law, according to Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), the bill’s prime sponsor.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) was officially appointed today by Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) to serve as majority chairman of the House Commerce Committee for the remainder of the 2019-20 session.
HARRISBURG – The bipartisan path to grow the relationships among residents and the officers sworn to protect and serve them now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature to become law, after the legislation was signed in the House today by Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that both chambers of the General Assembly have approved his House Bill 256, which would lower the threshold that must be met to charge an inmate with a felony for committing assault on a corrections facility employee.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) became chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Tuesday upon appointment by Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has joined other female legislators from around the country in signing a letter seeking federal funding to help disadvantaged families pay for broadband service during the COVID-19 health emergency.
HARRISBURG-- Legislation introduced by Rep. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) to ensure that women receive coverage for custom breast prosthetics when that choice is the best option post-mastectomy surgery has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
HARRISBURG – After hearing hundreds of firsthand accounts from unemployed residents regarding the long delays in receiving jobless benefits, Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) will introduce legislation in the near future to provide a possible solution.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is no longer conducting weekly televised news conferences to update the spread of COVID-19. State Reps. Tommy Sankey (R-Hastings) and Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) are now calling on the state’s Department of Labor and Industry to begin a similar practice by regularly addressing the Commonwealth’s economic “health” in a public forum.
The House Republican leadership team issued the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling on Scarnati v. Wolf, a ruling that strikes down the bipartisan vote to end the ongoing emergency declaration:
HARRISBURG – Bans and fees on single-use plastic bags could prove to be costly and have unintended consequences, according to a study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a joint committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
YORK – A former feed mill in York County, once used as a prop for Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax tour, is being torn down despite the absence of a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas consumers. To date, York County has received nearly $3.5 million dollars, including more than $378,000 it received today, in impact fees from taxes on unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania despite there not being a well in the county.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) today announced that the governor has signed his bill, House Bill 1003, which strengthens the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) ability to enforce the marking of low head or run-of-the-river dams. The bill was signed into law as Act 39 of 2020.