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Friday, July 12, 2019

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, July 12, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Wolf Skirts the Legislature to Fund Voting Machine Replacement
  • Discussing the Issues
  • Helping Those in Need
  • What is PA 2-1-1?
  • How Many Deer Licenses Are Sold in PA?
  • Recognizing Our Future Leaders
  • Can't Start the Day Without It!
 

Wolf Skirts the Legislature to Fund Voting Machine Replacement


After vetoing a key election reform bill that would have also provided $90 million in funding to help counties replace their voting machines, the governor announced this week he would simply go around the Legislature and supply the funding unilaterally.

I question the constitutionality of his decision and leaders in both the House and Senate are investigating the governor’s authority to take such action without legislative authorization.

The need for the funding was brought about by the governor’s decision to decertify every type of voting machine currently in use in the Commonwealth. It is estimated to cost $150 million to replace machines in all 67 counties, a significant burden on taxpayers across the state.

By vetoing the legislation, the governor is also robbing voters of other needed election improvements, including extending the deadline for submission of absentee ballots to ensure all votes count and creating a commission to manage the process for election machine decertification in the future.

Finally, the bill would have brought Pennsylvania in line with more than 40 other states by eliminating the “straight party” voting option, the measure most strongly opposed by the governor. The change could have opened the door to more minor party candidates and encouraged voters to cast their ballots for a person rather than a party.
 
  
Discussing the Issues


I spent part of my Thursday afternoon at WHP-TV in Harrisburg, as a guest on their political roundtable program “Face the State.”

During the show, which will be broadcast this Sunday at 8:30 a.m., we discussed issues such as Gov. Tom Wolf's controversial end run around the Legislature in funding new voting machines, the state budget and my deployment to the Middle East last year.

On Monday, I will be posting a link to the show here on my Facebook page.
 

Helping Those in Need


This Wednesday, July 17, I am hosting an event at the Red Fern Banquet Facility in Elk County for senior and disabled citizens in our community.

Please click here for more information.
 

What is PA 2-1-1?

On Tuesday, I attended the official launch of PA 2-1-1 in Clearfield County (Elk County is already part of it) at the Clearfield Center for Active Living.

PA 2-1-1, which is available in 65 of our 67 counties, is a phone number that connects you to a database of human service resources in the state.

Pictured with me (from left) are United Way of Pennsylvania President Kristen Krotz and Clearfield County Area Agency CEO Kathy Gillespie.
 

How Many Deer Licenses Are Sold in PA?


Application for the purchase of antlerless deer licenses began Monday for state residents who already hold a 2019-20 hunting license.

Nonresidents may submit their first applications beginning this Monday, July 15.

Ever wonder how many licenses are sold and what section of the state sells the most licenses?

You can get your answer by clicking here.
 

Recognizing Our Future Leaders


Last Sunday, I had the pleasure to attend the Clearfield County Fair Queen Banquet. Six outstanding contestants will be vying for the 2019 crown.

Pictured with me (front row) are 2018 Fair Queen Jayna Vicary and Wade Cowder, founder of the Clearfield County Fair Queen Program.

Standing (left to right) are honored guest Ben Kline, former House Majority Leader and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Sam Hayes and Clearfield County Commissioner Jon Sobel.
 

Can't Start the Day Without It!


Congratulations to Aegis Coffee Roasters on the opening of their new downtown DuBois location at the intersection of Brady Street and Long Avenue

I'm enjoying my morning cup of cheer!
 

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