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If you enjoy outdoor activities, there are plenty of places in our area from which to choose when it comes to fishing, boating and hiking. That being said, people have their favorites and access to one of them was lost late last year when Talen Energy, the owner/operator of the Brunner Island Steam Electric Station in York Haven, decided to make its property off limits.
HARRISBURG – Motivated by the light cast upon the Commonwealth’s current, failing budget system and policies over the past five months, an ad-hoc budget group of 18 rank-and-file House Republican members refused to stop with the submission of a no-tax-or-borrow budget revenue proposal. The group, which proposed using tax dollars stowed away in reserve accounts instead of increasing taxes, has continued to meet weekly since the submission of the proposal, and has formally organized as the Common Sense Caucus (CSC).
In addition to voting to fill local municipality, county row office and judicial vacancies both local and statewide, we are being asked in this Tuesday’s General Election to consider the following question:
HARRISBURG – The state House has unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) that would honor the memory and service of United States Army Specialist Martin Wilson Kondor of York County. House Bill 1602 may now be considered by the state Senate.
HARRISBURG – After seven weeks of diligent work to find an alternative to the Senate’s plan to raise taxes on every Pennsylvanian, a group of House Republicans released today the Taxpayers’ Budget to fund the 2017-18 budget without the need to borrow money or increase taxes.
HARRISBURG – The state House on Tuesday passed House Bill 59, a key piece of the state budget package, on a predominately party-line vote. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), amends the Human Services Code to mandate work requirements for individuals on public assistance who are able to work and choose not to. It also reforms Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program to ensure the administration operates these critical programs within the appropriated budget to reduce executive overspending, while ensuring care for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens.
One year ago, photos of an animal found on a Lancaster County farm dominated the news. This was not the first instance of animal cruelty in our area; however, the case of a Boston terrier named Libre ignited a fire that quickly grew. Last week, that fire was “extinguished” when Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 1238 as Act 10 of 2017.
The House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), will hold an informational meeting to discuss legislation that could impact the cost of hunting and fishing licenses in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The state House on Thursday approved legislation to reform Pennsylvania’s pension systems – the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). The bill now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf, who has indicated he will sign it.
WRIGHTSVILLE - State Reps. Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) met Thursday with members of the Wrightsville American Legion to demonstrate a new website geared toward veterans. The state-funded site,, gives men and women who are serving or have served our country a central location for information about federal, state and local services.
My March column on property tax references made during the House Appropriations Committee budget hearings drew a great deal of feedback. The responses were interesting and varied. This is a good time to explain the four-bill package I have introduced.
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, the state House advanced the following four pieces of legislation that would continue efforts to reform Pennsylvania’s outdated system of selling wine and spirits:
WHAT: The House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), will meet to vote legislation that would give both the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) the authority to increase the cost of hunting and fishing licenses in Pennsylvania. Both commissions have expressed a need to raise the price of licenses.