2013 Veterans Expo
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
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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. Gillen Visits the 101st Annual PA Farm Show, a Showcase of the Best Pennsylvania Agriculture has to Offer
The 101st Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is ongoing this week in Harrisburg with record crowds expected to be on hand to view the largest agricultural exposition on the east coast. The event showcases Pennsylvania’s largest production industry – agriculture, and offers hundreds of farmers and others involved in agriculture an opportunity to exhibit their products and compete for prizes. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks & Lancaster) attended this year’s week long show to speak with and visit people from his legislative district involved in exhibits and competitions.
Rep. Gillen Comments on House Passage of his ‘Eileen’s Law’ Bill
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The state House has unanimously approved legislation known as “Eileen’s Law” as part of a comprehensive effort to review and improve truancy policies and laws in Pennsylvania. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks & Lancaster), was named in memory of a 55-year-old mother who tragically died while serving a two-day truancy sentence in the Berks County prison. Gillen said this legislation gives judges more flexibility when penalizing parents convicted in school truancy cases.
Rep. Gillen Comments on House Passage of His Bill to Promote Jobs Program for Veterans
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Legislation to raise awareness of a provision that gives veterans a leg up when applying for civil service jobs has received unanimous approval by the Pennsylvania House. House Bill 192 seeks to promote the “Veterans’ Preference” program which awards veterans a bonus for their service, after they have passed the civil service test. Bill sponsor Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said increased awareness for this program will result in more veterans finding work. House Bill 192 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Gillen Comments on Emergency Preparedness Committee Informational Meeting on Ebola Preparedness
The Commonwealth's preparedness to deal with the treatment of persons infected with the Ebola virus was the topic of an informational meeting held Thursday by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in Harrisburg. Those presenting information before the committee included Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone, and PEMA Director Glenn Cannon. Other organizations providing testimony included representatives of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) commented following the meeting.
Rep. Gillen Comments on Red Cross Month in PA
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Lawmakers were joined by Red Cross officials and supporters in Harrisburg on Tuesday to recognize the General Assembly’s designation of March as Red Cross Month in Pennsylvania. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said the Red Cross needs to be recognized for all the good work they do to help families get back on their feet after an emergency. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Gillen Comments on House Passage of State Budget Legislation
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The Pennsylvania House has passed state budget legislation for the upcoming fiscal year. The $27.7 Billion plan would restore many of the proposed cuts to education and Human Services programs. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said lawmakers did a good job of crafting a spending plan that doesn’t increase the burden on taxpayers while allowing the state to live within its means. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Gillen on Rally for Property Tax Elimination Legislation
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Pennsylvania homeowners rallied Monday at the state capitol in Harrisburg to support legislation that would replace property taxation as the main source of revenue to pay for local schools. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said lawmakers must act to secure Pennsylvanians’ property rights. House Bill 1776 would replace property taxes in Pennsylvania with a broad based combination of sales and income taxes in order to distribute the burden for school funding more fairly. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Gillen Comments on House Passage of Legislation to Reduce Size of PA General Assembly
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Landmark legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly was approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said that by voting to cut their own ranks, the State House is leading by example when it comes to reducing government spending. Mike Davies reports – story and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Gillen COmments on Property Tax Independence Act to Eliminate School Property Taxes in PA
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Legislation that would change how public education is funded in Pennsylvania by replacing property taxes with a broad based combination of sales and income tax has been introduced in Harrisburg. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said that in order to protect homeowners, lawmakers must craft a new mechanism to fund the Commonwealth’s education system. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Gillen Comments on Governor's Budget Address
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Holding the line on state spending was the theme of Governor Corbett’s budget address delivered Tuesday before a joint session of the General Assembly in Harrisburg. The $27.1 billion spending plan is actually a small reduction in spending from last year and includes efforts to clamp down on budget growth and control administrative spending while ensuring no new tax increases. Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) said this budget is based on what the Commonwealth can afford, without raising taxes or incurring debt. Chuck Nichols Reports - Story and Bite available