Op/Ed: Candles and balloons

By Donna Bullock, State Representative, 195th District State Rep. Donna Bullock My older son celebrated his 13th birthday in January.  We shared this moment virtually with family and friends. As I decorated his backdrop with balloons and he blew out candles on a cake, it hit me. Something so innocent and joyful has been redefined by the growing number of gun deaths. A week before, a 9-year-old girl...

Meehan introduces anti-hazing bill

US. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) WASHINGTON – Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Oh.) introduced the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, bipartisan legislation that takes on the challenge of hazing on our college campuses by requiring incidents of hazing to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report. The University of Maine conducted the...

Obama expected to sign four Meehan bills

Congressman Pat Meehan looks on as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) signs the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to send it to the President’s desk on Thursday. President Barack Obama was expected to sign four bills authored by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7.) after all received broad bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate this week. Three of the measures were included in landmark legislation...

Dinniman introduces bill to regulate electronic billboards

State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) State Senator Andy Dinniman has introduced legislation calling for more thorough guidelines regarding the placement of large electronic and digital billboards alongside roadways and nearby local communities throughout Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1301 calls for local municipalities to conduct public hearings before approving such billboards. Under the legislation, the hearing...

House passes Ross senior respite bill

State Rep. Chris Ross HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Ross (R-158) that would establish a licensing program for community respite services, making it easier for senior citizens to receive appropriate transitional care as they age. “House Bill 1702 would authorize the Department of Aging to license and inspect programs that provide community...