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Important Education Reforms Pass House Education Committee, Grove Says

PA House GOP News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:00am
HARRISBURG – This week, the House Education Committee passed legislation which includes several important education reforms, according to Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), a member of the committee and author of one of the measures newly incorporated into the bill.
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Emrick Bridge Bill Honors Local War Heroes

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:47pm
HARRISBURG – The state House on Wednesday unanimously passed House Bill 1736, legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) which would rename a portion of Route 191 in order to honor veterans of World War II. The bill may now be taken up by the state Senate.
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House Advances Delozier Bill to Enhance Restitution for Crime Victims

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:05pm
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives yesterday advanced legislation, authored by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) to help minimize the economic harm to crime victims. The bill was part of a five-piece legislative package to improve the restitution process in Pennsylvania on both the state and local levels.
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EPA moves to protect Hilo’s coastal waters from leaks at sewage facility

EPA - National Water News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:13pm
(09/18/14) Hilo wastewater treatment plant ordered to repair outfall pipe HONOLULU – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order requiring the County of Hawaii to repair the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant’s ocean outfall pipe. The pipe is leaking treated wastewater close to shore, posing a potential risk to the marine environment and public health
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Clymer Delays Hearings on PA Academic Standards Process at Request of Acting Secretary Dumaresq

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:39pm
HARRISBURG – Following assurances today by Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq in a letter to Rep. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks), chairman of the House Education Committee, Clymer has decided to postpone two upcoming hearings on Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for review of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The Pennsylvania Academic Standards replaced the problematic Common Core Standards implemented under the Rendell administration as the educational baseline system in the Commonwealth. Unlike Common Core, the Academic Standards ensures local control of curriculum.
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U.S. EPA requires cleanup, fines Sims Metal Management for polluting San Francisco Bay

EPA - National Water News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:36pm
Redwood City recycler contaminated Bay waters with toxic mercury, lead, zinc and PCBs SAN FRANCISCO – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice fined Sims Metal Management $189,500 for polluting San Francisco Bay with scrap metal debris in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Since at least the early 1990s, Sims operated a conveyor belt without adequate pollution controls to prevent materials from falling off the conveyor and into the Bay
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EPA Encourages Homeowners, Communities to Care for Septic Systems during SepticSmart Week, Sept. 22-26

EPA - National Water News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:45pm
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 18, 2014) - EPA will hold its second annual SepticSmart Week on Sept. 22-26. SepticSmart Week outreach activities encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. Nearly one-quarter of all American households depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater. Failure to maintain a septic system can lead to back-ups and overflows
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Everett Urges Senate Passage of Legislation to Provide Drug Overdose Response Immunity

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:00am
HARRISBURG – The House returned legislation to further prevent drug overdose deaths to the Senate with an amendment allowing individuals to aid opioid drug overdose victims by administering naloxone in an emergency situation, said Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today. The bill, Senate Bill 1164, would also provide legal immunity to those individuals who aid victims by summoning medical help.
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House Approves James’ Emergency Response Bill

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:15am
HARRISBURG –The state House in Harrisburg today approved a bill introduced by Rep. Lee James (R-Venango) that would remove a tax provision that harasses out-of-state utility workers who come to Pennsylvania to restore service following an emergency.
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House Passes Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Bill, Hackett Says

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:14am
HARRISBURG -- The House has unanimously passed Senate Bill 1164, sponsored by Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester/Delaware), which provides immunity from prosecution for certain drug crimes to an individual seeking medical assistance for another person experiencing drug overdose.
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Opioid and Heroin Abuse Trend Detailed at Symposium, Heffley Says

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:05am
HARRISBURG - Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently served as a panelist at a symposium aimed at exploring the rapid rise in prescription opioid abuse and heroin use across Pennsylvania. “Crossroads: Converging Paths in Search of Sound Policy and Practice of Opioid Dependence Management” was held Sept. 11-12 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.
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DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15 Million for Violating Environmental Regulations

PA DEP Newsroom - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00am
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments.
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DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15 Million for Violating Environmental Regulations

PaDEP - News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00am
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments.
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DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15 Million for Violating Environmental Regulations

PA DEP Update - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00am
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments.
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Rapp Resolution Calling for Wind Turbine Impact Study Soars to Final Passage in State House

PA House GOP News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00am
HARRISBURG — Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the use and overall impact of wind turbines was overwhelmingly adopted by the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday by a margin of 181-11.
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Masser: House Votes to Update State Crime Victims Act

PA House GOP News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:47pm
HARRISBURG – The state House voted in favor of legislation sponsored by Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) to update the state Crime Victims Act. Masser’s bill seeks to raise the costs assessed against offenders to pay for services provided to victims.
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Bill to Name Highway for Fallen New Tripoli Marine Gains Committee Approval, Day Says

PA House GOP News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:51pm
HARRISBURG – Legislation honoring a New Tripoli Marine who was killed in Iraq in 2007 has reached an important first step in the process of becoming law, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), who sponsored the legislation renaming part of Route 309 North in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, in memory of Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Van Parys.
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Everett Salutes September as Emergency Preparedness Month

PA House GOP News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:40pm
HARRISBURG – The House unanimously passed House Resolution 998 today which designates September as Emergency Preparedness Month in Pennsylvania, said Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), a sponsor of the measure.
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Overdose Immunity Bill Takes Another Positive Step in State House, DiGirolamo Says

PA House GOP News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:35pm
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would help prevent overdoses from becoming fatal has been approved by the state House and sent back to the Senate for agreement, said Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks).
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House Transportation Committee Approves Bill to End DUI Loopholes

PA House GOP News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:49pm
HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee today approved Senate Bill 1239, which would correct language in the state’s Vehicle Code which the Pennsylvania Superior Court has determined is flawed, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said. The language involves the sentencing of repeat DUI offenders.
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