WHAT: Due to the likelihood of a potential, fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine and as the prime sponsor of the PA Vaccine Informed Consent Protection Act (House Bill 286), State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will host a state Capitol news conference in support of medical freedom and the Right to Refuse for all Pennsylvania citizens.
WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, will hold a joint public hearing with the House Appropriations Committee on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) report pursuant to Act 50 of 2020 and the system’s implementation plan for improvement of operations.
WHAT: Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), House Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and other state representatives will unveil a pro-jobs, recovery-focused legislative package designed to achieve Pennsylvania’s better normal. The initiative, “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback,” would rebound the economy by incentivizing manufacturing with no new taxes or fees following the pandemic.
WHAT: Reps. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) and Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) will host the House Majority Policy Committee for a virtual discussion with health care officials and elected officials on COVID-19 effects on health care innovation and delivery. The focus will be how do people safely move on to live normal lives during this critical time and how do elected leaders make sure frontline workers are allotted the necessary funding to serve the public.
WHAT: The House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), will hold a voting meeting to consider four proposals on a variety of education topics. They include measures that would create prekindergarten vision screenings and modify the current school vision screening schedule (House Bill 1342); establish the Back on Track Education Scholarship Account Program (House Bill 2696); provide for the removal of a student convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault against another enrolled student (Senate Bill 530); and establish a moment of silence in schools on the anniversaries of Sept. 11th and Pearl Harbor Day (Senate Bill 869).
WHAT: The House will convene for session at Grace United Methodist Church as part of 200th anniversary celebrations for the church. In 1897, the House held session in the same church after a fire burned the previous Capitol building.
WHAT: The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), will hold a voting meeting to consider the following legislation:
WHAT: State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and many other pro-Second Amendment state lawmakers will join together with gun owners from across the Commonwealth for this year’s Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
WHAT: As Pennsylvania’s economy is slowly recovering and additional economic solutions are being sought, the House and Senate Majority Policy committees, along with Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), will hold a joint hearing with area industrial and union leaders to discuss the economic impact and benefits of the Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit.
WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will hold an informational meeting on changes to the funding formula for Pennsylvania’s 911 program.
WHAT: The House Commerce Committee, chaired by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), will hold the second of two public hearings titled “What Comes Next - the Impacts of the COVID Crisis.” Testifiers will discuss the manner in which COVID-19 has impacted our economy in terms of housing and utilities, and moratoriums and forbearances placed on loans and bill payment.
WHAT: With so many Pennsylvanians relying on Unemployment Compensation benefits due to the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Labor and Industry Committee will convene an informational hearing to discuss whether the Department of Labor and Industry is ready to proceed with its transition to a new benefit application process in early October or if such a transition could hamper unemployed Pennsylvanians’ access to their benefits.
WHAT: The House Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will consider legislation that would raise from 25% to 50% the restriction on indoor seating capacity set by Gov. Tom Wolf for restaurants and event venues. In addition to House Bill 2832, the committee will vote House Bill 2615, which would create the Small Restaurant Grant Program to assist restaurants impacted by COVID-19. Both pieces of legislation have bipartisan support.
WHAT: Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester/Montgomery), majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, will hold a voting meeting this week to consider several bills to address the use of robotic and other technological devices in personal delivery options; penalties for failure to possess insurance; and making vehicle registration more affordable for retirees. The committee will also consider bills to address the Federal Highway Trust Fund and designate state bridges in the memory of fallen heroes.
WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will hold a voting meeting to consider Senate Bill 952, which would clarify and modernize Pennsylvania’s Veterans’ Preference Law, and House Bill 980, which would add the Navy Club of the United States of America as a voting member of the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission.
WHO: House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) along with Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland), Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton), Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) and others.
WHAT: The House Commerce Committee, chaired by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), will hold the first in a two-part series of public hearings titled “What Comes Next - the Impacts of the COVID Crisis.” Testifiers will discuss the manner in which COVID-19 has impacted our economy in instances such as moratoriums and forbearances of loans and payments.
WHAT: The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), will hold a public hearing on police training and department accreditation.
WHAT: Members of the PA House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will meet to discuss COVID-19 impacts on health care and social assistance services in the Commonwealth, and their economic recovery efforts.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee will take testimony from southeast region business owners on the impact of COVID-19 and the continued lockdowns on the local economy.