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.
Press conference discussing the 180-day anniversary of the governor’s original COVID-19 emergency declaration and the need to hold Gov. Tom Wolf accountable.
WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will hold a voting meeting this week to consider legislation aimed at helping veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life; establish a Sept. 11, 2001, Day of Remembrance; and establish September 2020 as Military Service-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) and other state lawmakers will gather on the state Capitol steps to introduce a new initiative to protect and preserve the Constitutionally-affirmed rights of Pennsylvania citizens against the governor’s tyrannical abuse of emergency powers.
WHAT: PA House Environmental Resources and Energy (ERE) Committee Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will once again convene a public hearing to receive expert, factual testimony on the consequences of Pennsylvania joining any cap-and-trade, carbon tax-imposing emissions program such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
WHAT: The House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals related to COVID-19. They include measures that would authorize a school entity to determine whether to hold sports and other extracurricular activities in-person and whether to allow spectators (House Bill 2787); allow a parent to elect to have a child in a public or non-public school repeat a grade, including all academic and extracurricular activities (House Bill 2788); and authorize the Secretary of Education to address disruptions to teacher training and certification caused by the COVID-19 disaster emergency (Senate Bill 1216).
WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, will hold a joint public hearing with the Senate Education Committee to hear from the administration on how to safely reopen schools this fall due to COVID-19.
WHAT: Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) will host a press conference in conjunction with local event venues, caterers and other businesses negatively impacted by Gov. Tom Wolf’s targeted mitigation measures to announce legislation that would benefit the events industry by allowing them to safely operate at 50% capacity.
WHAT: With so many Pennsylvanians applying for Unemployment Compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic and some of them still waiting to receive answers, the House Labor and Industry Committee will host a virtual informational meeting to identify reasons behind the system’s failure at the time applicants and their families needed it to work.
WHAT: Reps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) will host a press conference to unveil two pieces of legislation that will impact sports, extracurricular activities and educational opportunities for students during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, and members of the committee will hold a two-day public hearing on safely reopening schools this fall.
WHAT: Reps. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) and Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) will host a conversation about the struggles faced by the restaurant industry because of the limitations imposed on it by Gov. Tom Wolf. Owners will share their challenges and discuss solutions to benefit the community as a whole.