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.

Lawmakers to Discuss Bills to Remove Tax Obstacles for Small Businesses

Nov. 20, 2019 /

WHAT: To remove unnecessary impediments to small businesses, three state lawmakers introduced the Small Business Tax Package, House Bills 105, 333 and 1603. Small businesses, which create about 65% of Pennsylvania’s jobs, are driving forces in the state’s economy. The bills will be discussed during a press conference.

Lawmakers to Discuss Bills to Remove Tax Obstacles for Small Businesses

Nov. 20, 2019 /

WHAT: State lawmakers will discuss the Small Business Tax Package, House Bills 105, 333 and 1603, which is expected to be voted out of the House Finance Committee. The bills would remove unnecessary impediments to small businesses, which create about 65% of Pennsylvania’s jobs.

White to Unveil Transportation Infrastructure Task Force Report

Nov. 19, 2019 /

WHAT: Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) and members of the Republican Transportation Infrastructure Task Force will discuss the findings detailed in their report on the challenges in funding repairs and upgrades to Pennsylvania’s roadways.

Lawmakers to Unveil Plan to Save PA from Certain Default

Nov. 19, 2019 /

WHAT: Reps. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Seth Grove (R-York) will hold a news conference at the Capitol tomorrow to announce an aggressive plan to improve Pennsylvania’s financial condition before it joins other state governments on the path to financial default. Ryan, a certified public accountant, and Grove are active members of the Commonsense Caucus, a group of Republican legislators credited with scrutinizing the annual state budget and uncovering millions of dollars in needless or wasteful spending. Ryan believes if Pennsylvania continues on its present course, it will face certain default within the next 12 years.

House Ag Committee to Discuss PA Dairy Industry Issues

Nov. 18, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will hold an informational meeting to discuss the operations and activities conducted by county conservation districts.

Committee to Examine Suboxone, Buprenorphine

Nov. 18, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 675, which provides for licensure of office-based Buprenorphine prescribers.

Turzai to Hold Rally Against Gov. Wolf’s Attack on Charter Schools

Nov. 15, 2019 /

WHAT: House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and officials with Philadelphia Charters for Excellence (PCE) will host charter school parents, students and educators at the state Capitol to rally against Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to drastically cut funding to Pennsylvania’s charter schools. Philadelphia has the state’s largest concentration of charter schools. The schools are in such demand in the city that more than 30,000 students are on charter school waitlists.