HARRISBURG – Rep. Gary W. Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) announced today that Rodale Institute will be hosting an organic agriculture town hall in participation with him, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.
HARRISBURG – As the calls to reform a broken education system grow, Rep. Joshua D. Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) announced he is co-sponsoring a bill that would ensure parents are equipped with academic choices and would grant them access to state funding.
HARRISBURG – Working toward the goal of economic recovery and growth for Pennsylvania, Reps. Joe Hamm (R-Lycoming/Union) and Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) co-hosted a panel of educational, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and business leaders before the House Majority Policy Committee in Lycoming County on Tuesday to address the issues facing Pennsylvania businesses today.
Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) will join other lawmakers and advocates to highlight legislation that would create scholarships based on educational opportunity accounts for vulnerable students.
HARRISBURG –Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) will soon introduce legislation to create the Pennsylvania College Voucher Program, which would provide grants directly to students interested in technical schools, community colleges, schools within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) system, private colleges and major universities.
HARRISBURG – As the discussion continues on how to improve the state’s education system, Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) announced today he has been appointed to serve on the House Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Special Education.
HARRISBURG – As the General Assembly embarks on the important task of redrawing the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts, Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) is inviting residents of the 51st District and surrounding areas to offer input in the process.
HARRISBURG – The House State Government Committee wants to hear from residents as it prepares to take its congressional redistricting hearings on the road, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), the committee’s chairman, said.
Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier recently reminded Pennsylvanians receiving unemployment benefits that work search requirements have now resumed. Because claimants always file for benefits the week after they are unemployed, individuals will start certifying they looked for work beginning July 18.
HARRISBURG – Yesterday the Attorney General of Pennsylvania filed criminal charges against Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Philadelphia). Today, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) received Davidson’s resignation letter, effective immediately.
DENVER — Pennsylvania Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) has been appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Education Committee. The committee is one of 10 national committees that deal with both state and state-federal issues. The jurisdictions of the standing committees are similar to those of committees in state legislatures.
FORD CITY – With the goal of boosting job opportunities, workforce development and economic growth in the southwestern portion of the Commonwealth, Rep. Abby Major (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana) brought local businesses together to testify before the House Majority Policy Committee on Thursday.
Everyone in today’s General Assembly can agree on one thing (and perhaps only one thing): we, as a legislative body, are rather polarized. We are a polarized state within a polarized country.
With Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation in the number of criminal human trafficking cases in 2019, the General Assembly has taken great strides to combat the evil crime that subjugates humans to modern day slavery.
In light of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s investigation of Luzerne County Children and Youth, we need to ask some very important follow-up questions. It is absolutely shocking and disheartening to see that children have been left unprotected by the very system that is built to save them from neglect and abuse.
The $39.8 billion budget approved by the House of Representatives and Senate on Friday invests in early childhood education, public schools, services for those with intellectual disabilities and state police.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) that provides communities with another tool for fighting blight has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 33 of 2021, formerly House Bill 264, requires tax sale participants to register beforehand, which will assist municipalities in identifying the owners of blighted properties in a timely manner.
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Tommy Sankey (R-Osceola Mills) and Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) today voted to support Senate Bill 255, the primary piece of legislation which makes up the 2021-22 state budget package. The bill, which passed by a 140-61 margin, now goes to the state Senate for consideration.