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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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»
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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»
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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»
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.
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»
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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»
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.