Jan. 06, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol

New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day
On Tuesday, I joined my colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in taking the oath of office for the 2017-18 session. The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members.

Also on swearing-in day, the House unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the second consecutive session. We also certified the election results, elected the House parliamentarian and adopted rules that will govern the chamber.

Also this week, I was appointed majority chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee. The committee addresses issues specific to Pennsylvania cities, including blight, affordable housing, code enforcement, redevelopment and growth management. I look forward to the challenge of working with committee members on developing legislation that will help our municipalities create and maintain safe and vibrant places to live and work.

Pennsylvania’s Economic Outlook

Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for December were $2.62 billion, which was $105 million less than expected. For the 2016-17 Fiscal Year, General Fund collections of $13.45 billion are below the official estimate by $367 million.

Learn more here
Thank You for Your Service 
Congratulations to Andrew Book of Newport, Perry County, who graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey last month. Trooper Book has been assigned to Troop F in Montoursville, Lycoming County.
Applications for 2017 House Scholarships Now Available 
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education. The application deadline is March 1.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax money or other public funds are used. Learn more here
Share Your Farm Show Memories 
If you’re participating in or attending this year’s 101st Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos. You can then share your memories and photos on my Facebook page. And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to add the hashtag #PAFS17.

More information about the Farm Show, which begins Saturday, is available here.