Government

Van Blarcom Nomination Approved by Senate Agriculture Committee

June 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously reported the nomination of Bradford County dairy farmer James A. Van Blarcom, candidate to the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (MMB), out of committee.  Van Blarcom’s nomination now awaits a vote before the full state Senate. more»

Thompson Announces Caitlin A. McGlaughlin of State College Accepts Fully Qualified Appointment

June 9, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Caitlin A. McGlaughlin of State College has accepted a Fully Qualified Appointment for Admission to the U.S. Naval Academy, according to U.S. more»

2013 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Revenue Being Distributed

June 6, 2014

The 25th Senatorial District will receive a total of $24,471,926.46 from 2013 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee revenues, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). more»

PA Senate Passes Legislation to Further Protect Children

June 4, 2014

(HARRISBURG) -  The State Senate today approved legislation to further protect Pennsylvania children from sexual abuse and impose a mandatory minimum sentence for murder of a child, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that House Bill 112 was passed by the full Senate by a vote of 45 to 1. more»

New group launches march and rally in Memorial Park

7 weeks 1 day ago
Memorial Park - former BB court

In response to Mayor Campana's removal of the basketball courts in Memorial Park, the group Williamsport Proud will demonstrate "Unity in the Community". more»

Recycling phone-call survey coming in June

7 weeks 1 day ago

Recycling phone-call survey coming in June  In June, an interviewer from the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College will call randomly selected Lycoming County residents to ask them to participate in an important, short survey as part of the county’s ongoing planning efforts about recycling and waste disposal.  more»

Smith Announces Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Returned to Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong Counties

June 3, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) today announced that more than $2 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees would be returned to Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties and to municipalities within each of these counties.

Senate Bills 1256, 1262 and 1355

June 3, 2014

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Meeting
to Consider Bills

June 3, 2014 – 9:30 a.m.

Room 8EB
Agenda more»

Statement on Flooding Disaster Assistance

May 30, 2014

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued the following statement regarding disaster assistance for Elk County flood victims:
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Thompson Announces Winners of the 5th District’s 2014 High School Art Competition

May 30, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, PA-5, announced that Kenneth Schultz III, a junior at DuBois Area High School, Clearfield County, PA, is the winner of the 5th District’s 2014 High School Art Competition. As the First Place recipient, Kenneth’s artwork, a charcoal piece titled “Objects in the Mirror,” will hang in the U.S. more»

Center for Rural Pennsylvania announces hearings on Heroin use

8 weeks 6 hours ago
State Senator Gene Yaw

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania's Board of Directors, has announced three public hearings to be held across Pennsylvania to solicit testimony on the increased use of heroin and other opioids. more»

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania announces hearings to discuss options to curb surge in heroin use

May 29, 2014

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors,  has announced three public hearings to be held across Pennsylvania to solicit testimony on the increased use of heroin and other opioids.  Information from the hearings will be used to develop legislative policies that may help to curb the use of these dangerous narcotics impacting r more»

Senator Scarnati and Speaker Smith Announce $2 Million Awarded for Museum Grants

May 29, 2014

HARRISBURG – Museums and historical societies in Pennsylvania have been awarded a total of $2 million for 130 grants, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-66). more»

Senator Scarnati and Lt. Governor Cawley Assess Massive Flooding in Elk County

May 27, 2014

(RIDGWAY) -  Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) joined Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley in Elk County today to meet with local officials and emergency management personnel to assess local flood damage. more»

Mayor Campana announces Christian Care Community on Drug Prevention

8 weeks 2 days ago
Wmspt Mayor Camapana

From Mayor Campana's office: more»

News Release: House Passes Thompson-Ryan Military Mental Health Screening Legislation

May 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), joined by a diverse group of supporting organizations, held a press conference to discuss the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (H.R. more»

House Passes Thompson Bill to Improve Military Mental Health Screening

May 22, 2014

House passes new mental health screening for recruits
By Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — New mental health screening that supporters say could help stem the high rate of military suicides or even stop shooting rampages passed the House on Thursday as part of the massive 2015 defense budget. more»

Sen. Gene Yaw Announces ‘Madigan Leadership’ Scholarships

May 22, 2014

WILLIAMSPORT – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today awarded scholarships to two students who took part in his Annual Student Government Seminar at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. more»

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference on Bipartisan Military Mental Health Screening Bill

May 21, 2014

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 9:15AM, U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) will hold a press conference to discuss the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (H.R. more»

Thompson-Cosponsored VA Management and Accountability Act Passes House of Representatives

May 21, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA-5, today voted to support H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Management Accountability Act.  Thompson, a cosponsor of H.R. 4031, issued the following statement after the legislation passed the House by a vote of 390 to 33. more»

Sen. Gene Yaw to Hold Annual Student Government Seminar

May 21, 2014

HARRISBURG – On Thursday, May 22nd, state Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) will host his annual Student Government Seminar. more»

Senator Scarnati: Oswayo Fish Hatchery Will Remain Open

May 19, 2014

In its June 2014 issue, Pennsylvania Game & Fish magazine mistakenly printed a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) January 2013 press release which announced that the PFBC voted to close two state fish hatcheries, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). more»

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