HARRISBURG – Rep. Marci Mustello (R-Butler) issued the following statement in response to the House approving a state budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22 that supports core government services:
The Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act, approved in committee just recently vastly improves Pennsylvania’s election process that the last few election cycles prove are ripe with problems, some of which disenfranchise voters.
Recognizing the dedication of the state’s veterans, the House last week approved a package of bills supporting those who served us and our country.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, today announced passage of his bill to better combat illegal local gun ordinances and regulations that threaten Pennsylvanians’ constitutional rights.
HARRISBURG – The House today passed legislation authored by Reps. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) and Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) that would dedicate additional Medicaid funding to facilities demonstrating a significant commitment to care for those on a ventilator or with a tracheostomy and create an incentive to facilities to expand geographic access to this type of care.
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available for renters of residential properties who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
HARRISBURG – The Republican Leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) Friday sent a letter to Philadelphia City Commissioners Lisa Deely and Omar Sabir making it clear that if the commissioners continue to intentionally violate the plain language of the Pennsylvania Election Code and their oath of office, then they will face impeachment proceedings.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) today announced the awarding of nearly $1 million in gaming grants for the 137th Legislative District. Emrick advocated in support of the grants.
The Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) announced last week that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has fallen low enough to automatically conclude the Extended Benefits (EB) program effective the claim week ending Saturday, May 15.
JOHNSTOWN – In continuing to gather information on how Pennsylvania businesses are currently functioning following the COVID-19 pandemic and what assistance they may need moving forward, Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) along with House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and members of the committee met with area businesses and organizations to discuss how the COVID-19 mitigation orders impacted their past and current daily operations.
Pennsylvania’s election law is rife with fatal flaws, all of which must be fixed so voter confidence in the process is restored and they have faith in the election results. Some of those flaws again reared their heads during the 2021 Primary Election, which featured major issues, such as the lack of ballots at some polling places.
HARRISBURG – Two municipalities in the 32nd Senatorial district have been awarded a total of $304,900 in state funding for projects to enhance recreational opportunities for area residents, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) and Representative Matt Dowling (R-51).
(HARRISBURG) – A plan to create jobs and address infrastructure issues in Antrim Township, Franklin County, will receive $2.37 million in state funds, state Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and state Rep. Paul Schemel (R-90) announced today.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland), Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter/) have introduced legislation to ensure equitable distribution and transparency of money that funds Pennsylvania’s elections.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) said Tuesday that Pennsylvania should not follow states like New York in adopting or developing so-called “vaccine passports” that provide proof that passport holders have received the COVID-19 vaccine or recently tested negative for COVID-19.
HARRISBURG – At the request of Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), the House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), today convened a public hearing to discuss issues related to the ongoing reevaluation study of the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proceedings were conducted virtually.
HARRISBURG—Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) and Representative Perry Stambaugh (Perry/Cumberland) introduced a proposal this week that would allow Pennsylvania residents to vote directly on the elimination of school property taxes through an amendment to the state constitution.
HARRISBURG – At the request of Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), the House Majority Policy Committee will convene a virtual hearing later this month to discuss issues related to the ongoing reevaluation study of the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The committee is chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter).
State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., hosted a virtual forum on Friday bringing more than 80 stakeholders together to discuss the proposal, which would put tolls on bridges over the Nescopeck Creek and Lehigh River as soon as 2023.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to produce savings, increase efficiency and promote public confidence in the state House, Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) has introduced legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 203 to 151 members.