State Legislature News

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
Lloyd Smucker cleared an important hurdle this week when his bill seeking stricter oversight of teacher misconduct unanimously passed in the state Senate. The West Lampeter Township Republican has been trying for years to update existing laws; he decided to take action after several cases of sexual abuse involving teachers in Lancaster County came to [...] Read More
By Timothy Puko and Brad Bumsted Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 3:42 p.m. Updated 9 hours ago District attorneys in two counties are investigating state Rep. Jesse White’s use of Internet aliases to slam opponents. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Thursday he is helping with Washington County’s investigation. Marsico said his involvement, in part, is to [...] Read More