HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery has reintroduced a bill to give the Pennsylvania Game Commission the responsibility to distribute antlerless deer hunting licenses. Currently, the Game Commission determines the number of antlerless licenses to be allocated, but county treasurers distribute the permits. To apply for a doe license, Pennsylvania hunters must fill out a form, write a check and drop an envelope in the mail. They can mail the form and check to any treasurer's office in the state; however, most hunters send it to their home county. Mullery, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, said the current system is outdated, inconvenient, and, in some instances, ineffective. "Hunting and fishing licenses are available online, and Pennsylvanians should be able to obtain an antlerless license the same way," Mullery said. "It's time to modernize this antiquated system." Mullery said the current system led to Luzerne County hunters being shut out of a doe license last year when the treasurer's office, citing staff cuts, failed to process applications on time. "A modern system run by the Game Commission would have prevented that inexcusable mistake," Mullery said. H.B. 231 is expected to be referred to the Game and Fisheries Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold a hearing beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenville Junior/Senior High School, 9 Donation Road, Greenville, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced. "This hearing will allow school officials from Mercer and neighboring counties to provide input about how the state distributes money to help support basic education," said Longietti, who is a member of the commission. "The hearing is open to the public, and we have set aside time at the conclusion of the meeting to listen to comments from local residents." The agenda for the hearing is: 10:05 a.m. – Testimony from Greenville Area School District Superintendent Mark Ferrara, Sharon City School District Superintendent Michael Calla, Hermitage School District Superintendent Daniel J. Bell and Sharpsville Area School District Superintendent Brad Ferko; 11:05 a.m. – Testimony from Austin Area School District Acting Superintendent Jerome Sasala; 11:35 a.m. – Testimony from Propel Schools Foundation founder and Executive Director Jeremy Resnick and Keystone Charter School CEO Mike Gentile; 12:15 p.m. – Testimony from Erie School District Superintendent Jay Badams and Corry School District Superintendent Bill Nichols; Public comments. The bipartisan, bicameral 15-member commission was created by Act 51 of 2014, and consists of senators and representatives from across Read more
EDINBORO, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, is expanding his Veterans Assistance Program to include monthly visits at his new Edinboro office. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the House Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Health, State Government and Children and Youth committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. DeLissio said the assignments will continue to allow her to have input on significant public policy issues that affect the lives of her constituents, as well as all of the citizens of the commonwealth. "I am pleased to continue important work on the Aging, Agriculture and Health committees, on which I’ve served since my first term in 2011,” she said. “I am eager to begin work with the State Government and Children and Youth committees anew. With these appointments, I am better positioned to advance legislation critical to enhancing the quality of life for citizens and to strengthen the business climate in the state." With respect to the State Government Committee, DeLissio said that she is excited to impart much of what she learned as an appointee to the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow, one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Additionally, DeLissio was named last year as an at-large member of the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference Executive Committee. Founded in 1933, CSG is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announces that high school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance for college may want to consider applying for the 2015 Pennsylvania House Scholarship. The application deadline is March 1.
HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority is getting a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Burns said the funding will help the authority purchase a front-loading compactor truck and recycling collection containers. “These state funds will help ensure Cambria County continues operating its top-notch recycling program,” Burns said. “The grant will also ease the financial burden to local taxpayers.” The DEP grant, part of $16.8 million awarded statewide to 120 municipalities, aids in developing and implementing recycling programs. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was appointed Wednesday to the Pennsylvania House committees on Appropriations, Children and Youth, Finance, Human Services, and Transportation for the 2015-16 Legislative Session. He was also appointed to serve on the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee. Kinsey will serve as subcommittee chair of Drug and Alcohol for the Human Services Committee. Kinsey’s appointments to the Rules, Finance and Appropriations committees are new this session for the Northwest Philadelphia legislator, who is serving his second term. “I fought hard to be on the Appropriations Committee this session because it represents one of the greatest opportunities to improve the lives of my constituents and all Pennsylvanians,” Kinsey said. “It will be a difficult budget year as we look to erase a $2 billion deficit, but I’m excited to push for new forms of revenue and better ways for the government to appropriate it. “Four years of cuts have devastated many communities across Pennsylvania. I believe it’s past time to right the wrongs and I’ll continue to work hard for constituents and families. Working directly on the budget with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and with a new governor will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.” The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that he has been appointed to serve on several key House standing committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced that she has been named to five standing committees within the House of Representatives. Those committees are: - Appropriations - Aging and Older Adult Services - Finance - Health - State Government "I am honored to return to the House Health, Finance, and State Government Committees during my second term as representative," Daley said. Daley added she is eager to serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services and Appropriations committees for the first time. Appropriations considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. "While Pennsylvania is facing several challenges, one of the biggest is dealing with a budget deficit of $2.3 billion," Daley said. "With Governor Tom Wolf as our governor, I am confident that my Democratic colleagues and I will now have a seat at the table to assist with closing this massive gap and bringing a more balanced budget." Read more
PennDOT is making safety changes at three Greene County intersections after Rep. Snyder requested safety reviews. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – As the Pennsylvania House of Representatives reorganized for the 2015-16 Legislative Session, state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, was appointed to the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is directly involved in preparing the annual state budget, holding yearly hearings at which the numerous state agencies outline their requests and needs for the upcoming fiscal year. The committee also reviews and evaluates the Governor's Executive Budget proposal each year. The committee has jurisdiction over the offices of the Auditor General and the State Treasurer, as well as the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. "It is both a great honor and a great responsibility to be appointed to this committee," Galloway said. "I will work to find a fair and equitable balance between the needs to raise revenue and to control spending, while ensuring we continue to support those who need the most help." Galloway was sworn in to begin his fifth term representing the 140 th Legislative District on Jan. 6. In addition to the Appropriations Committee, Galloway was appointed as Democratic vice chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, and as a member of the Professional Licensure and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees. ### Read more
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced his pleasure at being named to five standing committees in the state House of Representatives whose responsibilities directly affect Allentown and the Lehigh Valley. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, was appointed to serve on five House committees for the 2015-16 legislative session: Education, Game and Fisheries, Health, Judiciary and Local Government. “These appointments give me a seat at the table as we consider a wide variety of legislation that would impact the day-to-day lives of people from Luzerne County and across the commonwealth,” Mullery said. “It’s a privilege to serve on these committees.” The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation, and evaluate important issues, before sending bills to the full House for a vote. Mullery, embarking on his third term, previously served on the Game and Fisheries and Health committees. This is his first term on the Education, Judiciary and Local Government committees. Mullery said his experience will help with his reappointment to the Game and Fisheries and Health committees. He said he’s also eager to tackle the challenges brought on by his new appointments. The Education Committee reviews bills dealing with educational funding, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more. The Judiciary Committee reviews bills pertaining to law enforcement and corrections, and has oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Corrections. The Local Government Committee reviews legislation affecting counties, cities, Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced his appointment to five standing committees for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2015-16 legislative session. Those committees are: Aging and Older Adult Services, Consumer Affairs, Liquor Control Urban Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness. “These committee assignments position me to work on some of the most important issues impacting residents of Allentown,” Schweyer said. “From preventing elder abuse to improving our housing stock, from protecting consumers to ensuring that we ensure the best lives for our veterans, these committees handle many of the key issues facing residents of Allentown.” Schweyer added, “I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work, on behalf of the people who sent me here.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, has been appointed to serve on five state House committees, the House Children and Youth, Education, Human Services, Judiciary, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. “It’s a tremendous privilege to serve on these House committees,” Miller said. “I intend to bring a unique perspective to the topics we will be dealing with this session. From working to pass legislation that will better protect children to ensuring our veterans are well taken care of, we will be working with important topics that impact all Pennsylvanians.” There are 24 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before sending bills to the full House for a vote. This is Miller’s first term on the Education, Human Services, Judiciary, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees, but he has previously served on the Children and Youth Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, was appointed to serve on four House committees for the 2015-16 legislative session: Commerce, Education, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Consumer Affairs. "I will be a strong voice for Mercer County residents as these committees vet legislation," Longietti said. "These committees handle legislation that affects the day-to-day lives of everyone in Pennsylvania, and I’m excited to serve on them." Longietti also was unanimously re-elected to serve as chairman of the Northwest Democratic Caucus. The Northwest Democratic Caucus is one of six regional caucuses within the House Democratic Caucus. "This position allows me to advocate for our region’s interests," Longietti said. Longietti was reappointed vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee by its chairman, state Rep. Michael Sturla, D-Lancaster. As a vice chairman, Longietti will help develop the caucus' policy agenda, determine topics for public hearings and act as a liaison to other caucus members on policy ideas. Longietti is serving on the Basic Education Funding Commission, which is charged with developing a formula to best distribute money from the state to help fund basic education. Longietti also serves as co-chairman of the 130-member, bicameral, bipartisan Early Childhood Education Caucus. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., issued a statement today following the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf: “Pennsylvania is at a crossroads right now. The past few years have not been kind to our school districts, our local economies or our citizens. We are facing an estimated $2.3 billion deficit heading into our next budget, and that number could increase. “With that in mind, I believe Tom Wolf is the person we need to lead us away from the devastating funding cuts we’ve seen under the previous administration. As Governor Wolf said today, his administration will be about 'jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works.' All of these are issues that plague Pennsylvania currently and I believe that we can work together to fix them. “We need to put families back to work and allow people back into the employment pipeline. This means following through with legislation I’ve introduced before and will introduce again to reform our criminal record expungement laws and give Pennsylvanians the best possible chance to succeed. “With all that in mind, I would like to congratulate Governor Wolf and his family on this momentous occasion. I look forward to working with him and his staff over the next four years, along with my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle, as we work to improve our state and grow our economy. Elections are partisan, but governing must be a partnership, and Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he has been appointed to serve on five standing committees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the 2015-16 legislative session. "I am eager to take on these responsibilities," Dawkins said. "The committee process is an integral part of how a bill becomes a law." Dawkins was named to the Commerce, Health, Human Services, Urban Affairs, and Aging and Older Adult Services committees. "These committee appointments will allow me to address key issues that are facing my district, such as strengthening our commercial corridors and improving services and protections for our senior population," Dawkins said, "I also look forward to bringing my experiences working with Philadelphia’s City Council to the Urban Affairs Committee, where I will not only be an advocate for the City of Philadelphia, but seek to address the challenges facing urban areas throughout our commonwealth. I look forward to getting to work, and being a voice on the wide range of issues, such as health care and development, that impact our neighborhoods." ### Read more
State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced that he has been appointed to five House of Representatives committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, released the following statement today on the swearing-in of Pennsylvania's 47th governor, Tom Wolf: "House Democrats are excited to work with Governor Wolf in the upcoming session. Pennsylvania is a very diverse state, but we can only move forward as one family, not a collection of special interests. Governor Wolf understands that and I believe his approach to governing Pennsylvania will reflect that. "There is no shortage of challenges facing our state, foremost among them a budget deficit that tops $2.3 billion. House Democrats are ready to work with the governor and our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate to address those challenges. "We need to build a strong, sustainable middle class, and grow decent jobs in industries that support family-sustaining wages. We need to begin restoring the funding to our schools the previous administration cut, and we need to develop a fair funding formula that ensures every child in Pennsylvania receives a quality education and every public school in Pennsylvania can provide one. "We need to honor the workers who drive the engine of our economy by making sure they earn a fair wage, enjoy a safe workplace and job and retirement security, and are free from discrimination. And we need to develop our natural resources in a responsible way that protects our environmental legacy and benefits all Pennsylvanians. Read more
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