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Friday, April 24, 2015

Capitol Update From State Representative Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, April 24, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Importance of PA’s Oil and Gas Industry

This coming Thursday, April 30, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing about proposed oil and gas regulations. The hearing will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Warren County Courthouse, 204 Fourth Ave., Warren. In advance of the hearing, I sat down for a conversation about the importance of the industry and of making sure regulations and both relevant and reasonable. Watch it here.

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Please note: If you wish to present testimony during the hearing, you should register in advance by contacting the DEP Policy Office at 717-783-8727. For more information about how to submit testimony, click here.

Number One Sam

I visited the Bradford Family Center this week to read to kids as part of the “Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child” early literacy initiative. This year’s book is “Number One Sam,” a story about a competitive racecar-driving dog who learns that some things are more important than being number one.

CHIP Extension Bill Passes House

Working to ensure accessible health care for Pennsylvania children, the House this week gave unanimous approval to a bill that would extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Dec. 31, 2017.

CHIP has provided health insurance to children for nearly 25 years, serving thousands who otherwise would have gone without coverage. CHIP coverage includes quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental appointments and eye care, along with immunizations, mental health, durable medical equipment, rehabilitation therapies, home health care and autism-related services.

Currently more than 150,000 children across the Commonwealth are enrolled in CHIP, including more than 600 locally. For more information about eligibility or to apply for CHIP, visit

House Bill 857 is awaiting Senate consideration.

Changing Outdated Wine Shipment Laws

The House Liquor Control Committee recently passed a bill that would allow for the direct shipment of wine to residents of Pennsylvania. This is a much-needed reform to the Commonwealth’s liquor laws, as current law prohibits the direct shipment of wine to consumers.

The legislation would require out-of-state wine producers to obtain a license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The winery would still be required to collect the Commonwealth’s 6 percent sales tax and 18 percent liquor tax on all wine shipments into Pennsylvania.

House Bill 189 now goes to the full House for consideration. In February, the House voted in favor of legislation to privatize the Commonwealth’s liquor system. That bill has not yet been considered in the state Senate. 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

18% liquor tax on top of sales tax? Are you kidding me??? No wonder so many of us drive to NY to buy!!