How I Voted

Check here for periodic updates on how I vote important bills in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 

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How I voted: September 21

(September 22, 2021)

HR 139 (Rep Shelby Labs - R) This resolution extends the Governor’s proclamation declaring a disaster emergency in response to Hurricane Ida. This is necessary because the recent ballot measures proposed by Republicans (and passed narrowly by the electorate) drastically limited the Governor’s powers to declare and sustain any/all disaster emergencies. Now, my colleagues who created these ballot measures have found themselves in a precarious position: They can’t ensure their constituents who have lost homes and businesses to flooding will receive disaster relief unless this state of emergency is continued. They knew this all along, and now on the last day of the Governor’s Hurricane Ida emergency, legislators have to waste taxpayer money driving to and from Harrisburg, and staying in hotels, and eating meals at the taxpayer’s expense, so we can convene in a last-minute session to continue the state of emergency. I voted YES because it’s the right thing to do. I just wish my colleagues would stop the kind of political gamesmanship that causes such a waste of taxpayer money and legislators’ time and energy. HB 184 (Rep Dawn Keefer – R) This bill creates a mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted of causing or aiding suicide when the individual dies by suicide, is under 18 years old, and has an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. I voted NO because this is part of an ongoing Read more

 
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How I voted: June 30, 2021

(June 30, 2021)

Update: 6/17 NO: HB 1184: Financial Support for Mayors Status: Passed 110-91 As the prior Mayor of West Chester, I would have voted an enthusiastic “yes” on this bill, which requires municipalities to pay up to $100/year for mayors to join a professional association and reimburse for educational/training functions. However, the bill was amended to include permission for sections of municipalities with 500+ residents to secede from their own local government. With 2,560 local governments, PA already ranks third in the nation in terms of number of municipalities. If anything, we need to promote sharing of resources and collaborative regional planning so we can solve problems that go beyond our municipal borders, such as flooding. More division will only lead to inefficiencies, duplication of services, and a greater taxpayer burden. NO: HB 406: Reinstatement of Work Search and Career Link Requirements for Those Receiving Unemployment Compensation Status: Passed 130-71 This bill proposed to reinstate Work Search and Career Link requirements for those receiving unemployment compensation (UC) on the same day the state switched over to a new UC system. An amendment to delay this start date to July so the new system could be set up to accommodate the requirements was denied by the majority Republicans. Since December, my office has served many constituents who need their Read more