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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Alloway Re-Introduces Legislation To Expand Self-Defense Law

HARRISBURG — Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33) re-introduced legislation today that would expand the Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania to protect gun owners who act in self-defense. Alloway’s bill (SB273) would remove the “duty to retreat” clause when an individual is threatened by an attacker in any place that individual has a right to be, including […]

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Senate Majority Policy Committee Examines Local Impacts Of Marcellus Shale Drilling

HARRISBURG — The Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Ted Erickson (R-26), held a public hearing Wednesday exploring the local impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. The committee discussed issues that communities must address when dealing with the impact of drilling. Testifiers included county government officials, statewide local government organizations, county conservation districts, emergency management […]

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Browne, Briggs Introduce Proposed Safety In Youth Sports Act

HARRISBURG — State Sen. Pat Browne and State Rep. Tim Briggs today held a joint media event with the National Football League at the Capitol to announce the introduction of their proposed Safety in Youth Sports Act. Legislation will be introduced in both the state House and Senate to better manage concussions in youth sports […]

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A Raft Of Challenges For New Pennsylvania House Leader

Philadelphia Inquirer His name is not yet etched into the mahogany panels of the door of the state House leader’s office. But Rep. Mike Turzai, 51, a former Allegheny County prosecutor who is to be sworn in Tuesday as the new majority leader of the House of Representatives, is already laying out his strategy for […]

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Pa. Legislature To Swear In 32 Freshmen On Tuesday

Associated Press Nearly three dozen newly minted lawmakers are about to be sworn in as members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.Thirty-two first-term legislators will be sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg. Twenty-one Republicans are joining the state House along with eight Democrats. Click here to read the full story.

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GOP To Give Up State Fleet Cars, Pay On Health Coverage

Brad Bumsted The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Republicans who will control the state House in January neared agreement yesterday on a plan to give up state fleet cars, pay toward their health care benefits, and curb per diem abuses.Lawmakers said it’s a sign they’re ready to work with Gov.-elect Tom Corbett, the Shaler Republican who campaigned to […]

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