HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee met this week to hold a public hearing and take testimony from witnesses on House Bill 177 and House Bill 168. Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) and committee members heard from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania School Board Association and the Pennsylvania Business Council.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) recently introduced legislation to create a Marcellus Shale Health Registry. The bill was introduced as House Bill 252.
WHAT: In response to recent comments by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who boastfully announced his intentions to poach Pennsylvania jobs, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), Chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, will host a hearing tomorrow, Feb. 18, to discuss the general business climate facing Pennsylvania’s businesses. York County business owners and statewide business associations will provide testimony to the committee on state taxes and regulations, how to improve the state’s business climate and how to attract new business.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) has called on Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his decision to place a moratorium on capital punishment in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin County) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week held a public hearing on his plan to overhaul Pennsylvania’s 911 Emergency Telephone Act to adapt it to changing technology and adjust the surcharge fee to allow for maintenance of the emergency system.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) today offered his thoughts on the governor’s proposal to implement a high severance tax on the Marcellus Shale reserves in Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG – This week, Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) was appointed by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to serve as the House majority member of the Board of Trustees of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), chairman of the House Gas and Oil Caucus, today offered her thoughts on the governor’s proposal to levy a severance tax on all natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth:
HARRISBURG – House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) today announced that Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) will serve as the secretary of the House Education Committee.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) was named a member of the House Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Higher Education by Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York). He will serve with three other members.
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of his severance tax proposal today.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today released his proposal to impose a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania. The plan would impose a 5 percent across-the-board tax on the value of natural gas extracted in Pennsylvania, plus 4.7 cents per 1,000 cubic feet of gas sold. The delegation is open to revisiting how Pennsylvania taxes its natural gas industry, including a possible severance tax. But, this proposal is very similar to former Gov. Ed Rendell’s 2010 severance tax proposal, which was introduced as House Bill 1489 and never garnered approval of the General Assembly.
WHAT: Press event with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to discuss the importance of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax (CSFT) phaseout with Pittsburgh business leaders
HARRISBURG – At a press conference today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his proposal to enact a 5 percent tax on the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) issued the following reaction to the governor’s plan:
HARRISBURG – Legislation that seeks to ensure the Commonwealth’s laws are fair and working with respect to equal pay for women passed the House Labor and Industry Committee today, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks), author of the proposal.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) issued the following statement in response to the severance tax proposal offered today by Gov. Tom Wolf:
HARRISBURG – Legislation which would allow pharmacists to offer flu vaccines to children over the age of 7, with parental permission, passed the House Professional Licensure Committee today, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said. House Bill 182, if eventually signed into law, would also allow licensed pharmacy interns to administer the vaccine to children over the age of 7, under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester) has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as secretary of the House Urban Affairs Committee.