HARRISBURG – State Reps. Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) today joined the majority of their House colleagues in advancing a spending plan for fiscal year 2015-16. House Bill 1192, the primary piece of budget legislation, passed 112-77 and may now be taken up by the state Senate.
The majority of legislation that is introduced in the General Assembly will draw very little response from the general public. That has not been the case with Act 153 of 2014, which addressed background checks for employees and volunteers. It would be a surprise to find any member of the state House and Senate who has not received at least one phone call or email from a church, youth sports program or other volunteer group with questions and concerns about this law, which was a direct response to the Sandusky case in State College.
HARRISBURG – For colleagues of state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland), opposing standardized testing is just as important as increasing funding for libraries.
ABBOTTSTOWN – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) invites residents of the 193rd Legislative District to attend one of the upcoming concealed carry seminars he will be hosting.
One of the focal points of Pennsylvania’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign was state spending on education. In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed significant increases in taxes and targeted them for education. I feel it is very important to understand how much the Commonwealth currently spends on education, the source of those funds and where we stand in relation to the rest of the country.
HARRISBURG – The state House has taken a significant step in the movement toward eliminating school property taxes for southcentral Pennsylvania residents with today’s passage of House Bill 504. For members of the Adams-York County House Republican delegation, the key was Tuesday’s vote to amend into the bill language from House Bill 860, authored by House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion).
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) today joined his House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee colleagues in advancing two pieces of legislation that would improve benefits for Pennsylvania veterans. House Bills 175 and 602, which both passed unanimously, may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) joined the majority of his colleagues Monday in moving to the state Senate bipartisan legislation that would more sufficiently fund Pennsylvania’s 911 emergency calling system and update the necessary technology to bring it into the 21st Century. House Bill 911 passed by a 134-59 margin.
HARRISBURG – The state House today concurred on a bill authored by state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) that would benefit survivors of members of the military or first responders. House Bill 152 now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf signing it into law.
Governor Tom Wolf said his budget proposal “reduces the total tax burden on the average middle-class homeowner.” Judging from a telephone town hall meeting I recently conducted and other gatherings I have hosted, a significant number of people don’t see it that way.
WHAT: Members of the House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh), will tour the Volvo Construction Equipment and Manitowoc Cranes facilities in Franklin County. The tours will be hosted by Reps. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and Paul Schemel (R-Franklin).
HARRISBURG – Members of the York-Adams County House Republican Delegation, including Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township), Will Tallman (R-Abbottstown) and Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), today issued the following statement about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which calls for $33.8 billion in total spending, representing an unprecedented tax increase of 16 percent, or $4.7 billion, over this fiscal year:
HARRISBURG – Members of the York-Adams County House Republican Delegation today voted in favor of House Bill 466, which would end the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s role in the sale and marketing of wine and liquor so it would instead focus on enforcing state liquor laws. Members of the delegation, including Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township), Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) and Dan Moul (R-Adams), released the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Charter school reform, reducing the cost of college and support for technical career training are among the subjects of a four-bill package of legislation passed Wednesday by state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) and majority members of the House Education Committee. The bills may now be considered by the full House.
Some of you may remember the song “I’m Just a Bill” from the 1970s program “Schoolhouse Rocks.” While the show dealt with the federal government, the process is no different in state government when it mentions the committee level as the first significant hurdle for any piece of legislation. This is where I come in.