Brown to Discuss Distracted Driving Bill at Weiler-TextLess Live More Reception

Aug. 22, 2019 /

WHAT: Looking to continue to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will be speaking at a reception co-hosted by Weiler Corporation and TextLess Live More, a student-led organization formed after 18-year-old Merritt Levitan was killed after being struck by a distracted driver.

Business Issues to be Focus of Policy Committee Roundtable

Aug. 16, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to Carlisle to host a roundtable discussion with local businesses, education institutions and organizations. Topics to be discussed will include workforce development, state taxation, regulatory reform and transportation logistics. This is part of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.

Rep. Ryan to Unveil School Property Tax Elimination Act

Aug. 15, 2019 /

A press conference to detail and answer questions about the School Property Tax Elimination Act (House Bill 13) that would replace school property as a means of funding basic education with a modification in the Sales and Use Tax and the Personal Income Tax.

House Committees to Attend ‘Operation Hurricane’ Rescue Demonstration

Aug. 13, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will join with the House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), to observe Operation Hurricane, a full-scale exercise coordinated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Policy Committee to Tour State College’s Innovative Launchbox

Aug. 08, 2019 /

The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to State College, Centre County, to learn more about the Happy Valley Launchbox, an innovation hub that connects local entrepreneurs to resources, facilities and supports, such as working spaces and legal and intellectual property advice. Launchbox is intended to help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes and grow their businesses.

Canceled: Schemel, Grove to Highlight ‘Reinventing Government’ Legislation Package

Jul. 30, 2019 /

Editor’s Note: This event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a future date. WHAT: Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) will discuss the Reinventing Government package of legislation, which includes Schemel’s House Bill 55 to combine the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Reps. Ryan and Grove to Discuss Reinventing Government Legislation in Lebanon

Jul. 26, 2019 /

WHAT: A press conference to detail and answer questions about House Bills 52 through 58, bills that would merge eight existing state agencies into four new state agencies. These measures would establish BEST practices (Better Government, Economic Prosperity, Stronger and Healthier Communities for Taxpayers) in Harrisburg.

House Liquor Control Committee Hosting Public Hearing on Hotel Liquor License Conversion

Jul. 22, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, and other members of the committee will hold a public hearing on legislation to address liquor license availability. House Bill 1617 will enable holders of hotel licenses, issued prior to 1949, the opportunity to convert them to restaurant liquor licenses, which would enable them to be transferred to another location in the county.

House Liquor Control Committee Hearing to Explore Conversion of Old Hotel Licenses

Jul. 18, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Liquor Control Committee will hold a public hearing in Philadelphia regarding legislation to permit owners of old hotel licenses to convert them to restaurant liquor licenses. House Bill 1617 would give owners of hotel licenses, issued prior to 1949, a window during which they could apply to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to convert them to restaurant licenses. The move would give the licensees greater flexibility in the transferability of the licenses.

Delozier to Join Governor in Highlighting Clean Slate Program

Jun. 26, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will join Gov. Tom Wolf in highlighting full implementation Clean Slate law, which seals nonviolent criminal records after a decade. June 28 is the day automatic sealing goes into effect. Delozier authored Act 56 of 2018, which made Pennsylvania the first state in the nation to offer this opportunity.

Committee to Consider Three Addiction-Related Bills

Jun. 24, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals. They include measures that would require the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to continue to use client placement criterial developed by Pennsylvania for Medicaid recipients needing drug and/or alcohol treatment (House Bill 386); add Suboxone and Buprenorphine-related deaths and incidents to the Methadone Death and Incident Review Act (House Bill 1662); and provide for licensure of office-based Buprenorphine prescribers (Senate Bill 675).

Committee to Examine Suboxone, Buprenorphine

Jun. 18, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on understanding the use of suboxone and buprenorphine.

Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Jun. 14, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will host a public hearing on a package of bills that would expand the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Senate Bills 500, 501 and 502 are designed to reduce prison and probation costs, better protect crime victims and strengthen public safety.