Nov. 24, 2018

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House Majority Elects Leaders for New Term

With a strong majority going into the 2019-20 legislative session, 110 House Republicans – including 91 returning legislators and 19 freshmen – elected their leadership team, including the re-election of York County’s Rep. Stan Saylor as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. This is just the second time since 1924 that Republicans have maintained control of the House for more than four terms in a row.

Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has again been nominated to serve as speaker of the House. He will face an official election to the position on swearing-in day on Jan. 1. Once official, this will be his third term in the oldest position in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

New to their respective leadership positions are House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Majority Whip Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), Majority Policy Committee Chair Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Majority Caucus Secretary Michael Reese (R-Westmoreland). In addition to Saylor, retaining their respective leadership positions are Caucus Chair Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) and Caucus Administrator Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland).

To read more about the new leadership team, click here.

Republicans hold a 110-93 majority in the state House, but two vacancies will exist on swearing-in day.
Honoring Fairview Township Firefighters


It was my privilege to honor Fairview Township firefighters during the department’s annual recognition banquet. These brave first responders put their lives on the line each time they answer the call for help. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do!
$3.5 Million for Volunteer Firefighters in York, Cumberland Counties

Nearly $2 million in state funding has been released to York County and $1.5 million to Cumberland County to help volunteer fire departments’ relief associations provide training and to purchase equipment.

As part of the 2018 allocation, 2,518 municipalities across the state received $55.1 million in fire relief association funding for distribution to the volunteer firefighters’ relief associations providing fire services to their communities.

The volunteer firefighters’ relief association funding comes from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.
Happy Thanksgiving!

For nearly four centuries, Americans have come together in the spirit of thanksgiving. From the earliest traditions that began in Plymouth, Mass., to the first official national observance in 1863, families have gathered in November to celebrate bountiful harvests and all that has been given to them.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22, state offices will be closed on Thursday, and my office will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 23. PennDOT Driver License Centers will also be closed Nov. 22 and 23. If you are traveling, be sure to check for the latest traffic and weather information.

From my family to yours, may you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
Supporting Small Businesses

With small businesses as the economic engines of the 92nd District and the Commonwealth, I want to remind residents that Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24.

According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, there are nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania, which employ nearly half of the state’s workforce. Small firms make up 98.2 percent of the state’s employers.

During the last session, House Republicans worked to enhance opportunities for small businesses and job creators in Pennsylvania by modernizing business laws, seeking to reduce burdensome and duplicative regulations, and fighting off harmful and unnecessary tax increases.

One of those measures, which is designed to help budding entrepreneurs, is the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop website, which was based on legislation initiated in the House. It seeks to assist entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of development. It was launched earlier in 2018.
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