House Committee Hearing Thursday on Revamped Unemployment Compensation System

Sep. 16, 2020 /

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.

House Committee to Vote Legislation Rolling Back Wolf Restriction on Restaurants

Sep. 16, 2020 /

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.

House Transportation Committee to Vote on Several Key Bills, Says Hennessey

Sep. 15, 2020 /

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.

Committee to Vote on Veterans’ Preference Bill

Sep. 15, 2020 /

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.

Delozier, House Committee to Examine Financial Impact of COVID-19

Sep. 14, 2020 /

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.

Committee to Vote on Bills to Help, Honor Veterans, First Responders

Aug. 31, 2020 /

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.

Committee to Consider Three COVID-19-Related Bills

Aug. 19, 2020 /

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).

Dowling to Announce Legislation to Help Pennsylvania’s Events Industry

Aug. 13, 2020 /

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.

Reps. Dowling and Ecker to Host Virtual Meeting About Restaurant Restrictions

Jul. 28, 2020 /

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.