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06/28/2018
HARRISBURG – In light of the recent Janus decision put forth by the U.S. Supreme Court, which removes the requirement for non-union members of public unions to pay a fair-share fee, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) is eagerly rallying support among his colleagues for related legislation he is sponsoring.
06/27/2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) remains optimistic that Pennsylvania voters could have the opportunity to vote on reducing the size of the state House of Representatives. This measure he supports would allow voters their constitutional right to decide if the House should consist of 203 or 151 members. Knowles made the following statement:
03/13/2018
HARRISBURG – By a vote of 109-80, the state House approved an amended version of Rep. Jerry Knowles’ (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) House Bill 153 on Tuesday.
03/09/2018
HARRISBURG – The House approved an amended version of House Bill 153, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill), on second consideration in early February. This bill would allow the people of Pennsylvania to decide if the House should consist of 203 representatives, or 151 representatives. If the people decide to downsize, the state Constitution would be amended.
02/06/2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) issued the following statement after the governor’s budget address on Tuesday:
01/25/2018
By State Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill)
01/23/2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles’ (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) legislation to reduce the size of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed the State Government Committee on Tuesday. House Bill 153 would reduce the House from 203 to 151 members.
12/12/2017
HARRISBURG – Motivated by the light cast upon the Commonwealth’s current, failing budget system and policies over the past five months, an ad-hoc budget group of 18 rank-and-file House Republican members refused to stop with the submission of a no-tax-or-borrow budget revenue proposal. The group, which proposed using tax dollars stowed away in reserve accounts instead of increasing taxes, has continued to meet weekly since the submission of the proposal, and has formally organized as the Common Sense Caucus (CSC).
11/16/2017
Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill)
09/15/2017
By Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill)
09/14/2017
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) joined the majority of his House colleagues in supporting a state budget revenue package on Wednesday evening. A fiscally responsible proposal, dubbed the “Putting People First” plan, includes revenues to fund the governor’s $1.5 billion deficit from 2016-17, as well as the anticipated revenues needed for the current budget of approximately $600 million. Knowles made the following statement:
06/30/2017
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) voted yes on the state’s 2017-18 state budget plan that seeks to spend $31.9 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. Following the vote, Knowles made the below statement:
05/10/2017
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, the House State Government Committee approved Rep. Jerry Knowles’ (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) House Bill 14, which would prohibit any institution of higher education in Pennsylvania which deems itself a “sanctuary campus” from receiving state funding. Funding would be restored once the institution demonstrates compliance with the requirement of the law and provides proof the rule, order or policy has been rescinded.
03/22/2017
HARRISBURG — State lawmakers, leaders from organizations across the Commonwealth and other individuals dedicated to making Pennsylvania America’s next right-to-work state officially reintroduced the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative on Wednesday.
03/13/2017
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), along with Representatives Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland), joined together to announce the introduction of six pieces of bipartisan legislation to curb illegal immigration throughout the Commonwealth.