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State lawmakers, workers, and business owners seek congressional action on COVID relief

(1 day ago)

“As state representatives we hear every day from people and families who are struggling, who are at their wits end and who are desperate to find a way to make things work,” Innamorato said. “Working families and independent small businesses have been disproportionally impacted by the economic downturn created by this virus and are in desperate need of relief – of hope – to survive. With the end of the year quickly approaching, Congress must act to extend unemployment and other benefits into the new year, and to pass a second coronavirus relief plan. Families, workers and businesses need them to act now -- before it is too late.” Read more

 

Frankel: Legislature must set example on masking

(Nov 23, 2020)

Pennsylvanians deserve better from their leaders, and our constituents deserve the best possible representation. For that to happen, we all must treat other with respect, by promoting the Pennsylvania Capitol as a safe and healthy workplace. Read more

 

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud

(Nov 23, 2020)

“This general election was held with the largest voter turnout ever, in the midst of a global pandemic. This election was held without cooperation from the GOP to allow counties the weeks of necessary time needed for preparation or pre-canvassing of mail-in and absentee ballots prior to Election Day. Despite these factors, while the 2020 election process in Pennsylvania wasn’t perfect, it was far from chaotic,” Boyle said. “It is time for the House GOP to stop these political games and allow us all to move forward.” Read more

 

Wheatley issues statement regarding committee action on H.R. 1100

(Nov 23, 2020)

“Today’s actions put an end to a process that was fraught with politics from its inception and would have disenfranchised the thousands of Pennsylvanians who exercised their right to vote. Now is the time to move forward and prepare for a busy and productive legislative session.” Read more

 

Fiedler files Health Department complaint to hold Pa. state House accountable for unsafe working conditions

(Nov 20, 2020)

“Today I filed a state Department of Health COVID-19 complaint against the Pennsylvania State House for failing to ensure safe working conditions, including for the refusal to wear masks and social distance on the House floor and even in committee meetings held in confined spaces. This drastic step reflects the high stakes that we face in protecting the health and safety of all staff and members who step foot in the building, as well as their families and communities at home.” Read more

 

DeLuca’s consumer protection legislation heads to governor’s desk

(Nov 20, 2020)

DeLuca’s measure, H.B. 770, would require pharmacy technicians in Pennsylvania to register with the State Board of Pharmacy, have a high school diploma, complete a board-approved training program and pass a criminal background check. Read more

 

Hohenstein applauds colleagues for supporting his latest effort to break down barriers, give people with disabilities a voice

(Nov 20, 2020)

"No one should be defined by a disability. I will continue working in Harrisburg to ensure financial support is available, and individuals receive the services they deserve. Together, we can amplify the voices of those seeking help to reach their goals and full potential." Read more

 

Rabb: Republicans reward special interests/harm Pennsylvanians with last-minute bill changes on last day of the legislative session

(Nov 20, 2020)

“In my capacity as a lawmaker and vice chairman of a committee, I am outraged that a bill that could have done some good was stripped of its good on the final day of the legislative session and turned into very dangerous public policy,” Rabb said. “Today’s back-door action by Republicans who chose special interests over people is unacceptable, especially considering that we are in the middle of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 9,600 Pennsylvanians and more than a quarter million Americans." Read more

 

Kortz: House approves bipartisan bill to license home inspectors

(Nov 20, 2020)

“When you consider that a home is usually the most expensive purchase in a person’s lifetime, it is imperative that the consumer be protected,” said Kortz, D-Allegheny. “We have heard from consumers across the state who have lost their homes, their life savings, filed bankruptcy and even endured health problems because of a home inspector’s wrongdoings. This bill will provide needed consumer protection." Read more

 

Matzie bill to lower prescription drug costs passes legislature, heads to governor

(Nov 20, 2020)

“This bill is a big victory for Pennsylvania’s taxpayers, local pharmacies and anyone who takes prescription medicine,” said Matzie, who is House Democratic chair of the bicameral, bipartisan Community Pharmacy Caucus. “With the power to decide which drugs are covered by insurance and how much to reimburse the pharmacies that fill those prescriptions, PBMs wield a huge amount of power, but for years, they have operated below the radar, with little or no scrutiny. All that is about to change." Read more

 

Wheatley issues statement on budget discussions

(Nov 20, 2020)

“When will we have a real budget that resolves our long-term issues? To ultimately decide to do nothing and take the road of least resistance at a time such as now is a total failure of leadership and shouldn’t be allowed to continue. Pennsylvanians deserve better, and we, as a legislative body, must do better.” Read more

 

Webster highlights better ways to audit election

(Nov 19, 2020)

Pa. State Rep. Joe Webster suggests an audit of the 2020 election could be better accomplished through good governance via the Election Advisory Board, which has expertise in election law, rather than through H.R. 1100. Read more

 

Kortz announces Senate passage of bill to ensure sportsman clubs, firearms businesses remain open

(Nov 19, 2020)

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 2440 would officially classify those businesses as life-sustaining, including those related to the sale, production and use of firearms and ammunition. Read more

 

Petrarca: Bill to protect organ and tissue donation fund passes House

(Nov 19, 2020)

“Our state has been a leader in educating residents and promoting the importance of organ and tissue donation, but with the fund’s financial challenges in recent years, it was necessary to increase the voluntary checkoff contribution in order to stabilize this valuable fund for years to come,” Petrarca said. Read more

 

Kenyatta calls for statewide mask requirement in new bill as COVID-19 cases surge

(Nov 19, 2020)

“Countless medical reports and public health experts have pointed to the effectiveness of masks—properly covering the nose and mouth—to both the wearer and people in the wearer’s proximity,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. “Nearly 10,000 Pennsylvanians, including our most vulnerable neighbors, have succumbed to this deadly virus so far. Being a good neighbor by wearing a mask is by far the best act of benevolence we can all take to keep our communities safe.” Read more

 

Bullock resolution to help homeless students adopted by House

(Nov 19, 2020)

House Resolution 1086 declares the week of Nov. 16, 2020, as Students Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week and designates Nov. 20, 2020, as Red Shirt Day. The measure raises awareness of student homelessness and encourages students and their friends to seek help and support. Read more

 

Matzie bill to strengthen anti-pyramid scheme law passes state Senate unanimously, heads for governor’s desk

(Nov 19, 2020)

“We can’t protect consumers with outdated laws, and our anti-pyramid law is so old it still refers to chain letters,” said Matzie, who is Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. “My bill would bring the law up to date so that it reflects the complexity of today’s criminal fraud and has the necessary teeth to be an effective enforcement tool." Read more

 

National Popular Vote Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania Legislature

(Nov 19, 2020)

At a press conference today, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., introduced legislation for Pennsylvania to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and invited his colleagues of all political parties to sign onto the bill as co-sponsors. Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Shusterman resolution honoring small business development centers

(Nov 18, 2020)

“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. When they need assistance or advice, small business development centers are the ones to help them, especially during these unprecedented times,” Shusterman said. “These centers have helped create over six thousand businesses since 2011 and generated over $3 billion in sales. As this is an extremely difficult time for small business owners, we need to thank those dedicated to helping them succeed.” Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Merski resolution celebrating Polish American heritage

(Nov 18, 2020)

Merski, D-Erie, said he introduced H.R. 1074 to bring attention to the rich Polish American heritage shared by so many Pennsylvanians and the countless contributions Polish Americans have made to U.S. history, culture and innovation. Read more

 

State lawmakers, workers, and business owners seek congressional action on COVID relief
1 day ago

Frankel: Legislature must set example on masking
Nov 23, 2020

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud
Nov 23, 2020

Wheatley issues statement regarding committee action on H.R. 1100
Nov 23, 2020

Fiedler files Health Department complaint to hold Pa. state House accountable for unsafe working conditions
Nov 20, 2020

DeLuca’s consumer protection legislation heads to governor’s desk
Nov 20, 2020

Hohenstein applauds colleagues for supporting his latest effort to break down barriers, give people with disabilities a voice
Nov 20, 2020

Rabb: Republicans reward special interests/harm Pennsylvanians with last-minute bill changes on last day of the legislative session
Nov 20, 2020

Kortz: House approves bipartisan bill to license home inspectors
Nov 20, 2020

Matzie bill to lower prescription drug costs passes legislature, heads to governor
Nov 20, 2020

Wheatley issues statement on budget discussions
Nov 20, 2020

Webster highlights better ways to audit election
Nov 19, 2020

Kortz announces Senate passage of bill to ensure sportsman clubs, firearms businesses remain open
Nov 19, 2020

Petrarca: Bill to protect organ and tissue donation fund passes House
Nov 19, 2020

Kenyatta calls for statewide mask requirement in new bill as COVID-19 cases surge
Nov 19, 2020

Bullock resolution to help homeless students adopted by House
Nov 19, 2020

Matzie bill to strengthen anti-pyramid scheme law passes state Senate unanimously, heads for governor’s desk
Nov 19, 2020

National Popular Vote Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania Legislature
Nov 19, 2020

House unanimously adopts Shusterman resolution honoring small business development centers
Nov 18, 2020

House unanimously adopts Merski resolution celebrating Polish American heritage
Nov 18, 2020