Legislative Audit Advisory Commission to Release 2019 Audit

Jan. 28, 2020 /

WHAT: Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland), chairman of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC), and other LAAC members will meet to review and accept the audit for Fiscal Year 2018-19. LAAC is charged with conducting the annual financial audit of the General Assembly as required by Article VIII, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Audits are conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.

House Approves Jozwiak Anti-Baby-Trafficking Bill

Jan. 22, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – The state House today in Harrisburg approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) that would increase penalties for criminals convicted of trafficking babies.

Thomas Backs Bills to Fight Human Trafficking

Jan. 22, 2020 /

HARRISBURG—Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) joined her colleagues in passing a package of legislation to combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania, including a companion bill to Thomas’s “Buyer Beware” bill to increase the penalties for anyone convicted of soliciting a victim of human trafficking.

Speaker to Make Announcement

Jan. 22, 2020 /

WHAT: Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who is serving in his tenth term as state representative of the 28th Legislative District and third term as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will hold a press conference.

Gaydos Discusses Association Health Plan Legislation Before Insurance Committee TODAY

Jan. 21, 2020 /

WHAT: An informational meeting of the House Insurance Committee on H.B. 2200 (Gaydos), providing a mechanism for employers to join together and negotiate for discounted health insurance coverage in the same way large businesses purchase group insurance benefits. This would reduce costs for small businesses and help employers attract and retain a talented workforce.

Lawmakers, Advocates Highlight Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

Jan. 17, 2020 /

WHAT: A press conference to detail and answer questions about a package of bills to fight human trafficking. The package is designed to guarantee the safety of victims, protect their privacy and make it safer for them to testify against their abusers. Since 2007, there have been more than 1,200 human trafficking cases in the Commonwealth.

Sonney to Host Education Committee Public Hearing on Cyber Education

Jan. 16, 2020 /

WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, and members of the committee will hold a public hearing on cyber education and Sonney’s House Bill 1897, which would require all school districts in the Commonwealth to offer full-time cyber education programs accountable to local communities.

Lawmakers Join Attorney General to Announce Proposals to Prevent Fraud in State Medical Assistance Program

Jan. 09, 2020 /

WHAT: Because of the considerable amount of taxpayer money used to fund Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Program, or Medicaid, the third largest in the nation, and the vulnerable population the program it serves, it is important to ensure taxpayer money is used to assist those in need. With this in mind, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate will introduce a package of bills to reform how services are provided. This package will codify the recent grand jury recommendations along with enacting statutes which mirror federal law to allow the Commonwealth to combat fraud in the program and recoup state tax dollars. The package of bills and issues facing the program will be discussed at a press conference.

Metcalfe Sets Date for 2020 Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally

Jan. 08, 2020 /

WHAT: State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) is inviting Second Amendment supporters from across the Commonwealth to attend this year’s state Capitol Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms which will take place on Monday, June 8, 2020.

House Ag Committee to Hear Priorities at PA Farm Show

Jan. 06, 2020 /

WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will hold an informational meeting to discuss 2020 priorities with leaders of statewide farm organizations.

Liquor Control Committee to Consider Two Bills

Dec. 17, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Liquor Control Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), will hold a voting meeting to consider two proposals. They are measures to improve customer convenience in wine sales by increasing the cap on the amount of wine that can be bought in a single purchase (House Bill 1279) and suspend the auction of expired licenses in possession of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board dating back to 2000 until the formation of the Wine and Spirits Wholesale and Retail Privatization Commission and the publication of its study (House Bill 1544).

Representatives to Roll Out PA Financial Reform Plan

Dec. 16, 2019 /

WHAT: No dollar collected, held or spent by state government belongs to the government. As stewards of taxpayer money, a group of representatives will unveil their proposed reforms to strengthen the financial management of the Commonwealth.

Barrar to Host Holiday Observance Honoring Service, Sacrifices of Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel

Dec. 05, 2019 /

Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, in conjunction with the central Pennsylvania chapters of Gold Star Mothers of America and Blue Star Mothers of America, and Wreaths Across America, will hold an event at the state Capitol in honor of U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. The event is held annually, just prior to holiday wreath-laying activities at military cemeteries across the country. It aims to remember, honor and teach each generation of Americans about the duty and sacrifices of the men and women who serve and have served in our nation’s military.

Polinchock to Introduce and Discuss His Legislation to Save Tabora Farm

Dec. 02, 2019 /

WHAT: New legislation will be discussed to help Pennsylvania’s small farms, like Tabora Farm in Hilltown Township, by providing them with greater opportunities to responsibly build structures and engage in agricultural product marketing and agritourism without local interference.