May. 10, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Standing Up for the Second Amendment

The Main Rotunda at the state Capitol was packed on Monday for the annual Second Amendment Rights Rally. I was proud to take part again, as we stand up for our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Thanks to those of you from the 86th Legislative District who attended.

I had a nice visit with three constituents from Perry County who came to the Capitol to take part in the rally. Joining me (from left to right) are Janet Nyce, NRA co-chair of the women’s leadership forum executive committee; Pistol Packin’ Pastor Elaine Moyer; and Scott Hoyer, lead certified NRA instructor. Thanks for stopping by!
Expanding Education Opportunities

More students and their families would have access to additional educational options under legislation approved by the House this week to expand the successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

House Bill 800 would increase funding for the program by $100 million to $210 million, providing tens of thousands of additional Pennsylvania families the ability to choose a school that best fits their students’ needs.

To allow more middle-class families access to this program, the bill would also increase the maximum annual household income by $10,000 (to $95,000, before add-ons per child), while guaranteeing that once a student has received a scholarship, he or she will remain eligible through high school graduation regardless of changes to family income.

The EITC program provides tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved scholarship organizations offering scholarships to children in kindergarten through grade 12, educational improvement organizations providing funding for innovative educational programs in public schools, and pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations offering scholarships to children enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
Guest Page for the Day

It was my pleasure to host Charles Ebling of Liverpool, Perry County, at the Capitol on Monday. He served as a guest page when the House was in session and got an up- close look at how state government works.
Visiting the Capitol

These third-grade students from Susquenita Elementary School made the trip to the Capitol this week to tour the historic building and learn about their state government.
Improving CPR Education to Save Lives

This week, the House passed Senate Bill 115 aimed at teaching students cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help them save lives. The bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence.

The measure would require the Department of Education to work with the Department of Health and other stakeholders to develop curriculum that could be used by schools across the state. The goal is to help reduce the more than 350,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year by preparing students to save lives through CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Celebrating Our Small Businesses

This week marks Small Business Week in Pennsylvania.

Small businesses are the backbone of the Commonwealth’s economy, employing over 2.5 million people. In fact, 99.6% of employers in the state are small businesses.

House Republicans have been working hard to help Pennsylvania’s small businesses thrive and grow by cutting the red tape that creates barriers to growth and cleaning up our outdated laws.

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