My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal and House Republican Priorities - 2/5/2019
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34.15 billion spending plan represents nearly a $1 billion increase in state spending over last year. Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said House Republicans are focusing on fiscal stewardship, private sector job creation, and holding the line on taxes.
Speaker Mike Turzai Outlines Opposition to Proposed Rule Change Affecting Venue of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - 1/30/2019
House Republicans are calling on lawmakers, health care practitioners, and citizens to oppose a court-proposed rule change that would allow venue shopping in medical malpractice lawsuits. Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), and Policy Committee Chair Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion, Forest) called for a vocal response to efforts to change the current rule, adopted in the early 2000’s, which helped to stabilize insurance rates and keep physicians practicing in the Commonwealth.
2019-20 House Session Opens with Turzai Elected Speaker; Comments on Agenda & Objectives for New Session - 1/1/2019
The 2019-20 Session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives opened today with the election of Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker. Two hundred of the 203 members took their oaths of office Tuesday in the House chamber. Republicans continue to hold a working majority of 110 members and this is the fifth consecutive term that Republicans have retained majority control of the House. There are 43 new House members, with 19 Republicans and 24 Democrats being sworn in to serve their first term. Following election to his third term as Speaker, Rep. Turzai shared his vision for the objectives that need to be met in the new legislative session.
Turzai Re-Elected as House Speaker for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session - 11/13/2018
The 110 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today once again elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as their choice for speaker of the House and chose Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) as the new majority leader for the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session. Tuesday’s caucus election comes seven days after Republicans retained control of the House for a fifth consecutive term. Comments are now available from Speaker Turzai following the leadership election.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Bill to Prohibit Down Syndrome Abortions - 3/12/2018
Eliminating abortion procedures that are performed specifically to prevent the birth of Down syndrome children was the topic of a rally held Monday in the state capitol. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) were joined by other lawmakers in support of their bill, which would amend the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act to prevent the abortion of any child solely due to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome. Speaker Turzai offered comments on the proposed legislation.
Speaker Turzai Discusses the Legislature's Current Legal Battle over Congressional Redistricting Maps on WSBA Radio's Morning News, Friday February 23 - 2/23/2018
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) discussed the ongoing legal battle to maintain the Legislature's constitutional powers to originate and approve Pennsylvania's Congressional Redistricting Maps on WSBA Radio's Morning News, Friday February 23. A legal appeal to the US Supreme Court is now underway following the imposition of new congressional maps drawn by the PA Supreme Court.
House Speaker Rep. Turzai Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal - 2/6/2018
The Governor unveiled his 2018-19 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Governor’s plan calls for $33 Billion in state spending, approximately $1 Billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year.
Speaker Turzai Responds to PA Supreme Court Decision Calling for the Redrawing of Congressional District Maps - 1/23/2018
In a 5-2 partisan vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday overthrew the 2011 Congressional district maps, even though those maps have been in place for six years and were successfully used for three Congressional elections. Candidates are already in the process of running in these same districts for the primary election set for May. In effect, it appears that Pennsylvania Supreme Court majority is seeking to write their own set of standards for the Congressional redistricting process. The legislature is now in the position of having to quickly re-draw the district maps to meet a court imposed early February deadline, while simultaneously moving forward with legal appeals for an injunction. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the unprecedented decision has certainly thrown the election process in Pennsylvania for a loop and that legislative leaders are hoping the United States Supreme Court will weigh in quickly on this matter.
House Speaker Mike Turzai Comments on Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis - 1/23/2018
House Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to strengthen the fight against Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis by reducing the over-prescription of addictive painkilling drugs in the state’s Workers’ Compensation system. According to recent nationwide studies, Pennsylvania is the second highest state in the number and amount of opioid drugs prescribed per claim. To address this problem, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (Lehigh & Berks), has authored House Bill 18 that would require the Department of Labor and Industry to adopt changes to the official state formulary of medicines that may be prescribed for those within the Workers’ Compensation program. Currently, 21 states, including New York and California, have altered their drug formulary lists for health care payment systems to limit the use of opioids, and those states have significantly reduced the number of injured workers dependent on opioid painkillers. House Speaker Mike Turzai(R-Allegheny) offers his comments on the legislation.
Speaker Turzai Says Bi-Partisan Pension Reform Aimed at Ensuring the Sustainability of State and School Employee Pension Systems in PA - 6/8/2017
In a major step forward in efforts to reinvent and restructure Pennsylvania state government, the House this week approved landmark legislation that aims to slow the growth of pension liabilities, shift financial risk away from taxpayers, and help ensure the Commonwealth can meet its future pension obligations. Senate Bill 1, which received broad bipartisan support, would establish three new public pension plans from which state employees and teachers hired in 2019 or later can choose. The new pension options will include a defined contribution component, similar to 401(k) plans commonly offered to workers in the private sector. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said this is an effort to get a handle on the skyrocketing costs while ensuring the existing pension plans are financially sustainable.