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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Knowles Comments on Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative
A package of legislation designed to protect the rights and freedoms of employees in Pennsylvania was introduced in Harrisburg on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative package of bills would give employees the right to opt in or out of union membership and would prevent compulsory or “fair-share” union dues by employees who may not support the political activities of their industry’s union.
Knowles Comments on Bills to Curb Illegal Immigration
A package of bills designed to reduce illegal immigration curtail the government incentives that draw noncitizen aliens to Pennsylvania was unveiled on Monday in Harrisburg. The National Security Begins at Home package of bills would mandate employer compliance with the national E-Verify program, introduce penalties for those who knowingly employ illegal aliens, and require state and local law enforcement compliance with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Rep. Knowles Bill Aimed at Withholding Funds from PA Colleges and Universities that Refuse to Comply with Federal Immigration Laws
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Lawmakers in Harrisburg are already working on bills they intend to introduce in the New Year, including legislation aimed at ensuring that Pennsylvania colleges comply with existing federal immigration laws. A number of major institutions of higher learning in the state have already announced the adoption of campus-wide sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants, but Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill & Berks), is gathering support in the PA House for his legislation that would require schools to choose between state government support and the controversial campus sanctuary policies.
Rep. Knowles Comments on Veto Override Efforts to Ensure Funding for Service Programs
In an effort to restore funding to vital human service and education programs, the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday attempted a line by line override of the Governor’s blanket veto of the state budget. Funding for these human services providers and contractors has been suspended due to the budget veto. Lawmakers said they are working line by line to ensure these crucial programs, that would be funded at the same level the Governor initially proposed, could continue to provide services to those in need until a budget deal can be reached.
Rep. Knowles Comments on Continuing Budget Stalemate
Pennsylvania Lawmakers are continuing to express concern about the governor’s complete veto of the state budget and subsequent failure to engage in substantive negotiations to end the funding crisis for hard hit human services agencies and schools. At a news conference held Wednesday at the Pik Rite corporation in Lewisburg, Union County; Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) joined other Upper Susquehanna Valley lawmakers in voicing their views on the state budget impasse and how it has affected their districts and constituents.
Rep. Knowles’ Bill Approved to Shrink the Size of the PA House
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Legislation which would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to reduce the number of seats in the House of Representatives from 203 to 151 has been approved by the state House in Harrisburg. The constitutional amendment process requires the proposal to be passed during two consecutive legislative sessions and then placed on the ballot for voter approval in a statewide referendum. Sponsor of House Bill 153, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill & Berks), said passage of the legislation shows lawmakers are committed to shrinking the size of state government, but that Pennsylvania voters should have the final say.
Rep. Knowles Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New Spending
Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives offered their reactions to Gov. Wolf’s $33.8 billion state budget proposal, delivered Tuesday before a joint session of the House and Senate. The Governor’s plan would increase state spending by $4.7 billion and also increase a variety of state taxes, including the personal income tax, sales tax, and tobacco taxes, as well as create a new gas severance tax which would be among the highest in the nation. An average Pennsylvania household with a median income of $52,548 would pay an additional 21% in state taxes under the Governor’s plan.
Rep. Knowles Hosts House Policy Committee Hearing on Technical Education
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Increasing opportunities for students to access technical education was the topic of a House Majority Policy Committee meeting held Monday near Hamburg in Berks County. Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill & Berks), who hosted the event, said lawmakers heard testimony from business owners and educators about the need to prioritize technical education and increase the availability of vocational training programs for students and workers in Pennsylvania. Mike Davies reports… wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Knowles Comments on House Passage of His Volunteer Responder Bill
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Legislation that would authorize a tax credit for private companies which allow employees who are volunteer first-responders to leave work for an emergency received unanimous approval by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday. Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill & Berks), prime sponsor of House Bill 1632, said the number of volunteer responders is dwindling, and his bill would make it easier for employers to support and stand behind those employees who put their lives on the line for others. Knowles’ bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Knowles Comments on Passage of State Budget
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The Pennsylvania House approved a $28.4 billion state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year on Sunday in Harrisburg. Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill & Berks) said lawmakers were able to increase funding for education, public safety and social services without tax increases. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.