Feb. 26, 2018

Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Budget Hearings to Focus on Accountability

During this year’s hearings about the 2018-19 state budget proposal, the House Appropriations Committee is focusing on better accountability of tax dollars, private sector jobs and the opioid epidemic.

Last week’s slate of hearings included appearances by the Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the departments of Revenue, Transportation and Conservation and Natural Resources.

This week’s hearings will feature the departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Corrections, General Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Military and Veterans Affairs along with the Liquor Control Board and the Office of Attorney General.

The full schedule is available here, which will also include video of the archived hearings once available. More information about the governor’s proposal is available here.
Reinventing State Government for the 21st Century

I recently took part in a press conference by House Republicans who unveiled a package of bills, which I proudly co-sponsored, to create better government, more economic prosperity and stronger communities by bringing sweeping changes to streamline and improve state agencies.

The package of six bills would unify numerous state agencies and Pennsylvanians would continue to receive high quality services but in a more efficient and cost-effective manner for taxpayers. For a full list of the bills, click here.

To watch the full press conference, click here.
Republican Leaders Seek Stay on Congressional Map

On Wednesday, House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court to block implementation of the new Pennsylvania congressional district map that was drawn by the state Supreme Court and released earlier this week. The application contends that the state court does not have the power to invalidate the 2011 congressional map that was passed by the General Assembly in a bipartisan vote. I believe the court’s map disenfranchises all York County voters.

On Friday, a federal judge set up a panel under a federal law governing constitutional challenges to congressional reapportionment to consider a request by a group of congressmen from Pennsylvania to halt the use of a new map in this year’s elections. Members of the three-judge panel are Judge Christopher Conner, a Pennsylvania-based district judge; Judge Jerome Simandle, a senior district judge from New Jersey; and Judge Kent Jordan, a circuit judge who was formerly a district judge in Delaware.

Furthermore, the drawing of congressional districts is a function of the legislative branch of government under the state and U.S. constitutions, and not the judicial branch. The state Supreme Court cannot legislate and has clearly overstepped its bounds, creating chaos and a constitutional crisis. Learn more by clicking here.
Town Hall Meeting in Monroe Twp.

Mark your calendars now for my town hall meeting at the Monroe Township building, located at 1220 Boiling Springs Road, on Thursday, March 15, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meetings like this allow me to hear your concerns and for you to learn about what’s happening in Harrisburg and in the 92nd District. I hope you can attend.                                    
Women in the Legislature

Thanks to The (Hanover) Evening Sun for taking the time to write an article about women serving in elective office.

Did you know about 19 percent of the state Legislature are women — 41 serving in the statehouse and seven in the state senate? York County bucks that trend. Of the seven-member delegation to the House from York County, four of us are woman.

To read the full article, click here.
Students Tour the Capitol

I recently hosted two groups of students from Dillsburg Elementary School at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. These future leaders learned about the governmental process and toured the Capitol.

Throughout the year, I host numerous guests and groups at the Capitol. If your group is interested in visiting the Capitol, please contact my Harrisburg office at (717) 783-8783 to make arrangements.
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