Teen Driving Bill Sponsored By State Rep. Kathy Watson Passes In House

Montgomery News House Bill 9, sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Watson, R-144, that aims to make the state’s roads and highways safer was passed by the House May 10 in a 175-21 vote. “Two of the greatest safety concerns on our highways are young drivers who are distracted and who do not have the experience […]

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Students Discuss Government With Legislators

Warren Times Observer Diploma program students made a two-day trip to Harrisburg recently to learn about Pennsylvania State government. Students also toured the capital and met with Sen. Joe Scarnati, Sen. Mary Jo White and Rep. Kathy Rapp. Students were able to ask questions how Pennsylvania government works. They learned about current issues like Marcellus […]

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Linda Kelly Approved As PA Attorney General

Scott Detrow Newsworks The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously confirmed Linda Kelly as the state’s attorney general. The 50-0 vote makes Kelly the first female attorney general since the post became an elected office in 1981. Kelly spent the bulk of her career in the Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney’s office, where she served as Tom Corbett’s chief […]

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Pa. Legislative Caucus Aims To Preserve Military Bases

Herald Mail State Sens. Richard Alloway II and John Blake announced last week the formation of a legislative caucus to help preserve the state’s 11 military bases and defense jobs in the face of potential base realignment. The primary goal of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus will be the preservation of Pennsylvania’s 11 military […]

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Warrior Turzai

Brad Bumsted Pittsburgh Post-Gazette With his gravelly voice, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai could probably do a decent imitation of former Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell. It is about the only thing they have in common. In fact, Rendell once called Turzai “nuts” for pushing business tax cuts as the state faced a budget shortfall. That […]

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Analysis: The Push Toward Privatizing

John Micek Allentown Morning Call When officials in Connecticut needed to renovate 23 highway service plazas, they entered into a 35-year agreement with a private company that will invest $178 million in the repair work in return for a share of state revenues. In Illinois last year, officials privatized management of the state lottery, agreeing to a […]

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Pennsylvania House Panel Advances Plan To Require ID To Vote

Harrisburg Patriot-News The House State Government Committee approved a measure today that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls before being allowed to vote. The bill, by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, would allow any state or federal government-issued ID, such as drivers license, state ID and passport to be used. […]

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Toohil Says Corbett Budget Starts Pennsylvania In A New Direction

Rep. Tarah Toohil today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget: “The budget shortfall and eight years of excessive spending are catching up with state government. Governor Corbett laid out a budget that recognizes that fact and begins to require Pennsylvania government to live within its means just like so many of my constituents do every day.”

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Rapp Casts Votes To Repeal Job-Extinguishing Home Sprinkler Mandate And Expand Right To Use Lethal Force In Self Defense

State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) voted in favor of two individual pieces of legislation this week to expand both economic and personal liberty. On Monday, Rapp voted in favor of House Bill 377 to repeal a Universal Construction Code mandate requiring sprinkler systems to be installed in all newly constructed residential housing. “Repealing this intrusive […]

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Stevenson Joins Effort To Reduce Youth Sports Injuries

Joined by former professional football players and an official from the National Football League (NFL), Rep. Dick Stevenson (R-Mercer/Butler) enlisted his support this week to legislation to protect young athletes. “Every trauma to the brain — especially those occurring on the playing field — must be carefully treated, as any impact or other medical conditions […]

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