Bradford County

Work Continues on Pending Royalty Legislation

April 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – Work is continuing in Harrisburg to secure passage of legislation designed to clarify the existing state law on how natural gas royalty payments to Pennsylvania landowners are calculated, according to bill sponsors, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford).

Baker’s Work to Improve Patient Care Recognized by PA Academy of Family Physicians

March 19, 2014

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) was recently honored with the 2014 Legislator of the Year award by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) for his authorship and advocacy of legislation to develop and use a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council within the state’s Medicaid program.

Minimum Royalty Legislation Voted out of House Committee, Say Local Lawmakers

March 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – Legislation that seeks to clarify a minimum royalty payment in state law was reported out of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today, said bill’s sponsors, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).

House Gives Unanimous Approval to Baker’s Hepatitis C Screening Act

March 17, 2014

HARRISBURG – In an effort save lives and improve the quality of life for potentially thousands of Pennsylvanians, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, authored legislation unanimously approved by the House today encouraging physicians to offer hepatitis C screening for patients born between 1945 and 1965.

Royalty Legislation Subject of Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Meeting

March 11, 2014

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford) to clarify minimum royalty payments in state law was the subject of a meeting of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday in Harrisburg.

Baker Applauds Employee Training Initiative

March 4, 2014

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Matt Baker (R- Bradford/Tioga) today welcomed news of $4 million in funding being made available for JOBS1st PA Regional Partnership grants, which will be used to develop employer-driven training programs between workforce development and economic development organizations across the Commonwealth.

Baker Co-Sponsors Legislation to Address Variable Rate Electric Plans; House Hearing to be Held on the Issue March 20

February 28, 2014

HARRISBURG – In response to the thousands of complaints statewide about skyrocketing electric rates for those individuals who entered into variable rate contracts with their electric generation supplier, the House Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing in March to gather more information on the issue, announced state Rep. more»

Baker Ranked No. 1 in Citizen Services

February 27, 2014

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) announced today that his district offices have once again ranked No. 1 in the amount of constituent services handled by Republican lawmakers across the state. In fact, his offices process approximately nine times more motor vehicle and driver licensing paperwork than the average legislative district.

Everett, Major, Baker, Pickett Call For Investigation into Gas Drilling Royalty Withholding

February 24, 2014

HARRISBURG – In a letter delivered to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane this week, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) are calling for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Company’s practice of deducting gas royalty payments for post-production costs.

Baker Says Governor’s Budget Focuses on Health, Education

February 4, 2014

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) offered the following statement after hearing the governor’s 2014-15 state budget address, which proposes to spend $29.4 billion, a 3.3 percent increase over the 2013-14 state budget:

Baker Announces More Than $250,000 in Grants for Fire, EMS Companies

January 23, 2014

HARRISBURG – Fire and emergency medical services companies in the 68th Legislative District have been awarded $251,021 in funding through the state’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

Tioga County to Benefit from Nearly Half Million Dollar Investment in Watershed Improvements, Says Baker

January 22, 2014

HARRISBURG – Two state grants totaling $449,925 for the Tioga County Conservation District and Babb Creek Watershed Association Inc. were announced today for projects aimed at improving waterways in Tioga County, said Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

Legislation Aimed at Improving Care and Reducing Costs for Medicaid Patients Garners House Approval, Says Baker

January 14, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania state House today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, aimed at improving patient care and reducing health care costs through the development and use of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council for the state’s Medicaid program.

Baker Bill Increases Penalties for Those Impersonating a Doctor

December 18, 2013

HARRISBURG – The state House today approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, which increases the penalty for those who commit the crime of impersonating a doctor.

House Health Committee to Hold Hearing on Patient Access and Consumer Choice Bills

December 18, 2013

WHAT: The House Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), will hold a public hearing on House Bills 1621 and 1622, sponsored by Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver). The bipartisan legislative package is aimed at protecting patient access and choice in the health care marketplace.

House Committee Passes Baker Bill to Increase Quality of Care and Reduce Costs for Patients in PA’s Medicaid Program

December 11, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to improve patient care and reduce health care costs through the development of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council for the state’s Medicaid program has gained approval from the House Health Committee, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the bill and chairman of the committee.

Baker’s Bill to Combat Crime of Child Identity Theft Becomes Law

December 2, 2013

HARRISBURG – Individuals who are convicted of stealing the identity of a minor will now receive a stricter sentence under a new law authored by state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

Baker Opposes Bill to Increase Gasoline Tax

November 22, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) this week cast a series of votes in opposition to record high gasoline and diesel taxes.

Baker Bill Seeks to Combat Growing Illegal Drug Trade

November 13, 2013

HARRISBURG – In an effort to empower law enforcement to convict those who manufacture dangerous illegal drugs, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) has authored legislation to give the secretary of the state Department of Health the ability to quickly add chemicals to a list of controlled substances and “precursor substances” under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

Baker Recognized for Conservative Values

November 8, 2013

Rep. Matt Baker was recently honored by The American Conservative Union for his steadfast commitment to voting in favor of legislation that supports the values of the U.S. Constitution. He was presented with a 2013 Defender of Liberty award from Larry Hart (left), ACU director of government relations, and Charlie Gerow (right), ACU board member.

Baker Bill Helps Fire Companies Purchase Needed Equipment

October 23, 2013

HARRISBURG – Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) that would increase loan amounts available for volunteer fire and ambulance companies under the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP).

House Approves Baker Bill to Save Lives, Reduce Crime and Addiction Through Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

October 22, 2013

HARRISBURG – In an effort to save lives and reduce crime and addiction in the Commonwealth due to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, the House of Representatives today approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) to create a confidential prescription drug monitoring database for professionals who prescribe or dispense prescription medication.

Bill to Clarify Royalty Minimums Introduced in State House

September 30, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation that seeks to protect the interests of landowners with royalty agreements has been introduced in the state House, according to four members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who are spearheading the measure.

State House Supports Baker Bills Addressing Medical Assistance

September 23, 2013

HARRISBURG – Two bills addressing state issues pertaining to Medical Assistance (MA) gained passage in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the measures and chairman of the House Health Committee.

Bill to Increase Public Safety through Stricter Enforcement of PA One Call Law Focus of House Committee Hearing, Says Baker

September 18, 2013

HARRISBURG – In an effort to better ensure consumer safety from underground utility line hits during project excavation, state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) authored legislation to increase enforcement of the PA One Call Law. more»

Residents in 68th Legislative District to Benefit from More Than $777,000 in State Housing Assistance

September 13, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that $777,788 in state funding will benefit residents in the 68th Legislative District in Bradford and Tioga counties with the availability and affordability of housing in the region.

House Health Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Biosimilars Legislation

September 10, 2013

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) will lead the House Health Committee in a public hearing on House Bill 746, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). The bill seeks to amend the Generic Equivalent Drug Law regarding biosimilar products.

Baker Announces More Than $800,000 in Pre-K Counts Grants for Tioga County

August 7, 2013

HARRISBURG – Making sure Pennsylvania children have the best possible start when entering school, two Tioga County Pre-K Counts providers will share in $84.5 million in grants going to more than 159 providers offering services to nearly 12,000 children across the state, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

Baker Testifies Before Congressional Field Hearing on Economic Impact of Natural Gas Production in Bradford, Tioga Counties

July 26, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT – State Rep. Matt Baker (Bradford/Tioga) today testified before the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus during a field hearing in Williamsport to discuss the economic impacts of natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale region.

Baker to Testify Before Congressional Natural Gas Caucus on Impact of Drilling in Tioga and Bradford Counties

July 25, 2013

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) will testify before the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus to provide information on the economic impact of natural gas production in Bradford and Tioga counties.

Baker’s Higher Education Modernization Act Making Strides with Approval of New Doctorate Degree within PASSHE System

July 10, 2013

HARRISBURG – As the result of legislation spearheaded by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors has recently approved a new Doctorate of Nursing Practice at West Chester University.

Baker Says Delaying Medicaid Expansion Right Move for PA

July 3, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, announced that due to fiscal constraints and existing program problems, the state House of Representatives this week voted not to move forward with Medicaid expansion at this time.

Baker Says Delaying Medicaid Expansion Right Move for PA

July 2, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, announced today that due to fiscal constraints and existing program problems, Pennsylvania would not be moving forward with Medicaid expansion at this time.

Area Lawmakers Drafting Measure to Clarify Minimum Royalty Payments

June 29, 2013

HARRISBURG – A group of Northern Tier lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are working on new legislation that would clarify state law regarding the minimum royalty payment for landowners.

Baker, Gingrich, House Republicans Say Now is Not the Time for Medicaid Expansion in PA

June 25, 2013

HARRISBURG - Reps. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), chairman of the House Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Health and Welfare, along with more than 60 members from the House and Senate, joined together in Harrisburg today to discuss Medicaid expansion and what it could mean for the Commonwealth.

Medicaid Expansion in PA? House Republican Members to Share Perspective

June 25, 2013

Reps. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), chairman of the House Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Health and Welfare, along with their House Republican colleagues, are joining together to discuss Medicaid expansion and what it could mean to Pennsylvania.

House Health Committee Hearing Raises Red Flags on Medicaid Expansion

June 21, 2013

HARRISBURG – Experts from government and health care policy groups, physicians, federal and state lawmakers and other testifiers today cautioned Pennsylvania legislators against moving forward with a Medicaid expansion during a House Health Committee public hearing, said Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the committee.

Baker to Hold Public Hearing on Medicaid Expansion in PA

June 19, 2013

The House Health Committee, led by majority chairman Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), will hold a public hearing on the issue of Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.

Baker Announces $78,000 Grant for Tioga County Conservation District

June 17, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for stream restoration efforts in Tioga County following damage from flooding events in 2011 and 2012.

Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Give Back More Than $23 Million to Bradford and Tioga County Municipalities

June 13, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced Marcellus Shale impact fee amounts coming back to the counties and municipalities in the 68th Legislative District as a result of Act 13 of 2012.

Baker Announces $50,000 Grant for Hydro Recovery

April 30, 2013

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today congratulated Tioga County company Hydro Recovery LP, which is the recipient of a $50,000 state grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Baker Leads Debate on House Passage of Legislation to Opt Out of ObamaCare Abortion Funding

April 25, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) this week led debate on House passage of legislation he co-sponsored to prohibit health care exchanges created under ObamaCare from covering abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to avert the death of the mother.

Baker Leads Debate on House Passage of Legislation to Opt Out of ObamaCare Abortion Funding

April 24, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) this week led debate on House passage of legislation he co-sponsored to prohibit health care exchanges created under ObamaCare from covering abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to avert the death of the mother.

New Food Preservation Blog!

June 6, 2012

Penn State Extension is pleased to announce its new blog on home food preservation!  more»

Eureka Resources to Construct Marcellus Shale Wastewater Treatment Facility in Bradford

1 year 47 weeks ago

Eureka Resources, LLC, announced today that it will construct a world-class centralized wastewater treatment facility in Standing Stone Township, Bradford County, Pa., to treat wastewater generated during development of oil and gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. more»

The New Homeless

2 years 1 week ago
State Route 14, Village of Alba, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, looking Southbound near Minnequa Main Road. "Madainn Mhath A Alba" is Gaelic for "Good Morning Scotland". Alba is West of Highland, East of Arnot and South of Springfield, Pa. GPS = N41.435 W076 49.720 (Photo by S MacMillen, Wikimedia Commons)

There are environmental impacts of natural gas drilling that need to be managed, and then there are human impacts. more»

Public Hearing to Discuss Natural Gas Extension Services

2 years 1 week ago

Who:          The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) more»

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