Rural Water News
This week the Senate unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Waugh that would amend the Crimes Code to establish and define the offense of theft of secondary metals.
Statement From House Majority Leader Turzai Regarding the Supreme Court’s Affirmation of Legislative Maps
The following is a statement from House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) in response to the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court approving the new legislative district maps for the 2014 elections:
House Approves Killion Bill to Protect Students, Employees at Private Residential Rehabilitative Institutions
NEWTOWN SQUARE – By a vote of 190-7, the House today approved legislation, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Killion (R-Delaware/Chester), which closes a loophole in state law and enhances the safety of students, teachers and administrators at private, residential rehabilitation schools and institutions like Glen Mills Schools.
HARRISBURG – Rep. RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon), who has been on a mission to raise awareness about deadly skin cancer and its link to ultraviolet radiation exposure from indoor tanning, now has introduced a resolution to recognize the month of May as “Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month” in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Recognizing the need to protect taxpayers from the threat posed by the skyrocketing costs associated with Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems, state Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair) is co-sponsoring legislation that would provide significant short- and long- term relief. McGinnis joined Gov. Tom Corbett and other lawmakers at a Capitol news conference today to introduce House Bill 1350 and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 922.
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly meeting, a bill which Marsico created that would deal with cyber harassment of a child as well as several other very important pieces of legislation, including House Bills 764, 714 and 284 were voted out of committee unanimously.
House Approves Stern’s Bill to Expand the Ban on Substances Used in Bath Salts and Synthetic Marijuana
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) to address the growing list of substances used to manufacture drugs closely related to banned “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously approved House Resolution 301, authored by Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover) and James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia), to designate May 7, as “Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Day.”
HARRISBURG – Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today joined Gov. Tom Corbett and other legislators at a Capitol news conference to unveil a plan to reform the Commonwealth’s two public pension systems.
Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) will welcome the House Select Committee on School Safety and Security, led by Reps. Gary Day (R-Berks/Lehigh) and Cherelle Parker (D-Philadelphia), for the second in a series of public meetings to carefully develop and examine policies that enhance safety in schools across Pennsylvania.
House Passes Reed Plan to Close the Delaware Loophole and Implement a Competitive Tax Structure for Job Creation
HARRISBURG –The state House on Monday passed legislation to close the Delaware Loophole and enact comprehensive tax reforms for Pennsylvania job creators. House Bill 440, sponsored by Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana), was approved with bipartisan support by a vote of 129-65. This legislation would close the loophole by targeting the specific transactions that some businesses use to take advantage of the state’s current tax structure for the sole purpose of avoiding taxation in the Commonwealth.
The House Human Services Committee, led by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on the intellectual disabilities waiting list for services.
The Senate Transportation Committee today overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 1, a funding plan sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) aimed at upgrading Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure.
The Senate Transportation Committee today (May 7) passed legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel that will expand job opportunities for Pennsylvania’s service members and veterans.
HARRISBURG – In a bipartisan effort to create a more competitive and fair business climate in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) today voted in favor of legislation that passed the House to close the “Delaware Loophole” and implement necessary business tax reforms in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) joined the majority of his House colleagues Monday in passing House Bill 440, which would improve Pennsylvania’s business climate by reducing the state’s Corporate Net Income (CNI) Tax. The bill, which now sits with the state Senate, would make the Commonwealth more inviting to potential job creators.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a measure authored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Rep. Pamela A. Delissio (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) that would cut costs for both hospitals and the state by ending duplicative licensing inspections.
WHAT: The House Gaming Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), will consider House Bill 1098, sponsored by Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin), which would expand drawings held by major league sports teams to include minor league teams. Current law allows major league sports teams to conduct 50-50 raffles by a nonprofit affiliate for community organizations but does not extend this to minor league teams. This legislation would correct that.
HARRISBURG – In the presence of the fallen Plymouth Township police officer Brad Fox’s family, friends, law enforcement comrades and Montgomery County leaders, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed a resolution authored by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) which recognized the local hero for his public service.
HARRISBURG – Five law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2012, including Plymouth Township police officer Brad Fox, were remembered during a ceremony today in Harrisburg in which state Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) presented House Resolution 178 on behalf of the House of Representatives.