State Legislature News HARRISBURG – The General Assembly has unanimously passed legislation to re-name three Potter County Bridges in honor of local WWII and Vietnam Veterans, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Representative Martin Causer (R-67). Senate Bill 1401 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Scarnati and amended in the House by Representative [...] Read More
As a leading advocate for increased transparency, Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) today applauded the School District of Philadelphia for its recent decision to add salary information to the compilation of data it currently makes available to the public online. With the help of Open Data Philly, the district has published 10 sets of data on its [...] Read More
HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Communications Director Megan Sweeney released the following statement about 26th Senatorial District Democrat candidate John Kane’s campaign contributions from a PAC connected to Ironworkers Local 401, whose leadership was recently indicted on numerous federal charges ranging from extortion to arson. “The people of the 26th district have big questions [...] Read More
Cheryl R. Clarke Williamsport Sun-Gazette Tioga County may have to wait until at least March before a new court of common pleas judge is appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett and confirmed in the state Senate. “We will have budget hearings almost the whole month of February, and the governor’s budget address is Feb. 4,” said [...] Read More
HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the election of Jesse Topper to the 78th District of the General Assembly: “I am excited that Jesse Topper was elected last night and he will take his position in the General Assembly very soon.  I have known Jesse for many [...] Read More
HARRISBURG — About 20 people boarded a bus to the Capitol on Tuesday and disembarked carrying signs to protest fictitious online posts by their legislator, state Rep. Jesse White of Cecil. Among the placards: “Wipe Out White” and “Wake Up Democratic Caucus: Oust White.” Rose O’Neil, a retiree, carried a sign saying: “Jail Jesse.” “Instead [...] Read More
Several changes to Pennsylvania laws that deal with child abuse are moving in the state Legislature following favorable committee votes. The House Children and Youth Committee has approved six bills, including a new definition of child abuse that would expand prosecutors’ ability to file charges. The panel is also sending to the House floor new [...] Read More
The House could vote as soon as Tuesday on a $28.3 billion general fund budget for 2013-14, which raises spending from this year by a $550 million. This plan requires no increase in broad-based taxes, such as the sales or personal income tax, to support it. It reflects the House Republicans’ view of how available [...] Read More
HARRISBURG — Before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives divided itself in two during the first floor vote on the state budget Monday afternoon, it unanimously supported one bill that’s considered a victory for victims’ rights. Victims of crimes in Pennsylvania, or the ones they’ve left behind, will now have a chance to weigh in before a prison inmate is [...] Read More
Property tax reform has remained elusive for years, with York County’s elected delegation in the minority as they push for change. But local legislators are saying the stars could finally align this fall, and there are at least two locally crafted proposals competing for support. Majority Whip Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, said he has a [...] Read More