Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Keep Philadelphia Schools Open, Advance Dollars, House Republicans Urge Governor

July 31, 2014

HARRISBURG – Asking Gov. Tom Corbett to advance the School District of Philadelphia education funding, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) today announced that public pension reform and a bill dealing primarily with the Philadelphia school district will be voted in September.

Smith Issues Statement on Grant being named Outstanding Fair Ambassador

July 17, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) issued the following statement upon the announcement that Jim Grant was named an “Outstanding Fair Ambassador” by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

House GOP leads by example

July 15, 2014

Light has long been shining from some corners of Harrisburg as policies driving sustainable job growth, budgetary responsibility, unparalleled investments in education, and consumer choices have been sown.

Smith Says New State Budget Funds Priorities without Increasing Taxes

July 1, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today that the 2014-15 state budget is a modest spending plan that funds the state’s priorities without increasing taxes or imposing new ones.

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.

Jefferson County Receives State Grant to Expand and Improve Recycling Services

May 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) announced today that the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority has received an $89,100 grant that will significantly expand and simplify recycling services in the county and help to further educate school students and the general public on the methods and benefits of recycling.

SFC Scott Smith Honored by PA House

May 8, 2014

HARRISBURG – Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Smith, son of Robert and Shirl Smith of Punxsutawney, was posthumously honored by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today for his dedication and courage in serving our nation at home and abroad. more»

Trout Stocking Schedules Available, Says Smith

March 13, 2014

HARRISBURG – With trout season opening Saturday, April 12, House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) announced today that his district offices in Punxsutawney and Brookville are supplied with free copies of 2014 trout stocking schedules.

Speaker Smith Issues Statement on the Death of Former Representative Hal Mowery

March 5, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Samuel H. Smith issued the following statement today after learning of the death of former representative and senator, Hal Mowery, Jr.:

Speaker Smith Not to Seek Re-Election to the Pennsylvania State House

February 11, 2014

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House, Rep. Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties), has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014. Accordingly, Smith issued the following statement:

Smith Says State Agencies Working With Local Governments to Procure Road Salt

February 10, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY -- House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today that state agencies are working to help local municipalities, townships and boroughs that are in urgent need of road salt.

Local Fire, Ambulance Organizations to Receive More Than $286,000 in State Grants

January 25, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith today announced that volunteer fire and ambulance associations in Jefferson and Indiana counties will receive more than $286,000 in state grant funding this year.

Jefferson County is Open for Business

January 17, 2014

Local governments work together to attract jobs to area

Bill Would Require Lottery Winners to Pay Back Taxes First, Smith Says

January 8, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today he is supporting a bill currently moving through the Legislature that would require anyone who wins more than $2,500 from the Pennsylvania Lottery to use those winnings to pay delinquent state taxes.

Smith Says Small Games of Chance Reporting Requirement Delayed Until 2015

January 3, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today that the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that there will be no reporting requirements in 2014 for clubs and other eligible organizations that hold small games of chance licenses.

Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law is in Full Effect

36 weeks 2 days ago

Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law is not affected by yesterday’s state Supreme Court decision in Commonwealth v. Neiman, Reps. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin County) and Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks County), the majority and minority chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee, said today. Joining them was David Freed, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) president. more»

Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Act 13

December 20, 2013

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Speaker Sam Smith (R-66) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court Ruling on Act 13 Zoning Provisions:

Speaker’s Bills to Downsize the Legislature Pass House

December 18, 2013

HARRISBURG – Two bills to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Senate passed the House today, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana) said. Both bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

Smith Says Jefferson County Municipalities to see Increase in State Funding for Roads

December 12, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) said today that Jefferson County municipalities are projected to receive a collective increase of more than $1.5 million in state funding over the next five years for local road construction and maintenance programs.

Smith Comments on Grant Awards for Community Parks in Reynoldsville, Brookville and Cherry Tree

December 11, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Reynoldsville and Cherry Tree boroughs each received state grants to rehabilitate community parks and Brookville Borough received a grant to develop an historic town square through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2).

Smith Touts Over $1 Million in Impact Fee Dollars Returning to Region

November 22, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith announced today that three local projects have received over $1 million in funding through the state’s Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program.

Smith Supports Transportation Funding Plan to Improve Local Bridges and Highways

November 22, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith today voted in support of a transportation funding plan that will invest $2.3 billion in the state’s infrastructure network. The plan includes funding for the improvement of specific highways, roads and bridges in the 66th Legislative District, including a significant increase in the funds municipalities receive to maintain local roadways.

Smith’s Senior Fair Slated for Nov. 21

November 15, 2013

BROOKVILLE - All area senior citizens are invited to attend House Speaker Sam Smith’s “Senior Fair” at a new location – the Brookville Fairgrounds. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1- 4 p.m.

General Assembly Launches New Website

November 6, 2013

HARRISBURG – A completely revamped version of the General Assembly’s website was launched this morning to give the public better access to a wide array of legislative information, including bill text and history, votes in the Senate and the House, committee meetings and votes, and much more, legislative leaders announced.

Our Children’s Safety Must Be a High Priority

November 4, 2013

There are certain obligations we all share as a society. Topping the list is our children’s safety.

Smith Working To Address Clear Creek Bridge Concerns

October 11, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today that he’s been working closely with state agencies and local officials to expedite the timeline for the reconstruction of the Clear Creek Bridge and to identify a shorter route on which to detour traffic.

Smith Issues Statement on Federal Approval of Flood Disaster Aid

October 2, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) issued the following statement after learning today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved disaster aid for several counties, including Jefferson, impacted by the June 27 flood.

Changes Needed to PA’s Prevailing Wage Law, School, County

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The House Labor and Industry Committee held the last in a series of four hearings on Pennsylvania’s outdated prevailing wage law in Williamsport today. The committee heard from county, municipal and school district officials on the difficulties they’ve experienced with the half-century old law. more»

Local Legislators to Play in Charity Softball Game to Benefit Anti-Hunger Effort

September 27, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Reps. Sam Smith (R-Punxsutawney), Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Jeff Pyle (R-Ford City) are among more than 50 members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly who will compete in a charity softball game at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 at Metro Bank Park on City Island, Harrisburg.

Smith Issues Statement on Brockway Shooting

September 27, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY - House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) issued the following statement relative to the incident that occurred yesterday in Brockway resulting in the wounding of Trooper Bradley Wilson. While serving a warrant, Trooper Wilson was severely injured. A standoff followed and the suspect, Kenneth Lee, Sr., was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. more»

Smith Announces Grants Awarded to Local Vo-Tech Programs

September 26, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) today announced that more than $100,000 in grant funding has been awarded to local vocational-technical education programs to purchase equipment.

House Floor Next Stop for Speaker’s Bills to Shrink the Size of Legislature

September 24, 2013

HARRISBURG – Two bills to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 153 members from the current 203 members, and the Senate from 50 members to 38 members, passed out of the House State Government Committee today in preparation for debate and votes on the House floor, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana) said today.

Speaker Appoints David B. White to Port Authority of Allegheny County

September 23, 2013

(HARRISBURG) – House Speaker Sam Smith today announced his appointment of David B. White, an attorney in Pittsburgh, to the Port Authority of Allegheny County board of directors.

Speaker Smith Statement on the Death of House Transportation Chairman Dick Hess

September 7, 2013

HARRISBURG – Speaker of House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong/Indiana/Jefferson counties) issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon counties). Hess died Friday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh due to complications resulting from recent leg surgery.

Smith Says Jefferson County Residents Eligible for Low-Interest Disaster Loans

July 19, 2013

(PUNXSUTAWNEY) – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Corbett’s announcement that disaster assistance has been approved for residents and businesses in Jefferson, Clearfield and Fayette counties.

Education Funded at Historic Levels in New State Budget

July 1, 2013

(HARRISBURG) – At no time in the Commonwealth’s history has education received more state funding than what is contained in the 2013-14 state budget. Following final passage of the bill, House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) noted that the new spending plan contains a record $10 billion investment in K-12 education.

Elected Officials Assess Massive Flooding in Jefferson and Clearfield Counties

June 29, 2013

(DUBOIS) - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) joined Governor Tom Corbett in DuBois City and Jefferson and Clearfield Counties today to meet with local officials and emergency management personnel to assess local flood damage.

Speaker Appoints House Members to the New Special Education Funding Commission

May 15, 2013

HARRISBURG – Act 3 of 2013 creates a commission to addresses current issues with the state’s distribution of special education funding, and Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties) has appointed four House members to the new Special Education Funding Commission. more»

Speaker Smith Issues Statement on Passing of Former Governor George Leader

May 10, 2013

(HARRISBURG) – House Speaker Samuel H. Smith issued the following statement earlier today after learning of the death of former Pennsylvania Gov. George Leader:

Smith Says Improvements to Business Tax Structure Needed to Spur Job Creation

May 9, 2013

Following the passage of legislation that would make various changes to Pennsylvania’s business tax structure, House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) said he believes the state is on the right path to creating the environment needed for businesses and industries to generate more jobs.

Smith Says Liquor Privatization Bill Strikes Fair Compromise

March 22, 2013

House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) today voted in support of legislation to get the state out of the business of selling wine and spirits. House Bill 790 passed the House by a vote of 105-90. The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“Honoring Our Veterans” License Plates Now Available

February 28, 2013

(PUNXSUTAWNEY) – Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) said today that vehicle owners can show their support for veterans by purchasing a special license plate.

Speaker Appoints John McNally to Gaming Control Board

February 26, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) announced today his appointment of John McNally III, an attorney from Dauphin County, to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Trout Stocking Schedules Available in Rep. Smith’s Offices

February 19, 2013

(PUNXSUTAWNEY) – Trout season opens April 13. Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson, Indiana, Armstrong) announced today that his district offices in Punxsutawney and Brookville are supplied with free copies of trout stocking schedules.

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House Leaders Speak Out About Lottery Decision

February 15, 2013

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) released the following joint statement regarding the attorney general’s unilateral decision to reject the administration’s contract for outside managers to run the Pennsylvania Lottery.

House Passes Bill to Keep Penn State Fine Money in PA

February 15, 2013

HARRISBURG -- The House overwhelmingly approved legislation to ensure all proceeds from the $60 million fine imposed on the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are used to fund child protection programs in Pennsylvania, Speaker Sam Smith (R- Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today.

Speaker Announces Special Elections for the 42nd and 95th Legislative Districts

January 17, 2013

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Samuel H. Smith (R-Jefferson County) today announced special elections to fill the vacant 42nd legislative district House seat in Allegheny County and the 95th legislative district House seat in York County will be held in conjunction with the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21.

Smith Elected to Second Term as House Speaker

January 2, 2013

Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) was elected today to his second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The unanimous vote was taken during the official convening of the 197th Session of the House, where 201 duly elected legislators took the oath of office.

2013-14 House Session Opens with Smith Elected Speaker; Jobs/Career Growth and Responsible Budgeting Top Agenda

January 1, 2013

HARRISBURG – The 2013-14 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives opened today with the election of Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) as speaker. Taking the oath of office were 201 of the 203 members (see note below). The House also adopted a set of rules governing how the body operates.

As PennWATCH Goes Live, PA Spending Becomes More Transparent, Speaker-Designate Smith Says

December 21, 2012

HARRISBURG – No longer will Pennsylvania lag behind other states when it comes to finding information about how tax dollars are spent by government, Speaker-Designate Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) said of today’s public unveiling of PennWATCH (Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub).

Corbett Administration Awards Grant to Support Development and Job Creation in Jefferson County

December 21, 2012

Brookville– Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker was joined today by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Speaker of the House Sam Smith to award a state grant to develop the Jefferson County Business Park to attract new industry and jobs.

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