My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Turzai Selected as Speaker-Designee by House Republican Caucus - 11/15/2016
The 122 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today re-elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) as their choice for Speaker of the House of Representatives and Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) as Majority Leader for the 2017-2018 legislative session. The formal election for Speaker will take place in the full House when the 2017-18 legislative session begins in January. The House Republican leadership team will also include: Majority Whip - Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster); Appropriations Chairman - Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York); Caucus Chair - Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery); Policy Committee Chair - Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre, Mifflin); Caucus Administrator – Rep. Kurt Masser (R- Columbia, Montour, Northumberland); and Caucus Secretary – Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion, Forest).
Speaker Turzai Proposes Boost for Tax Credit Programs, Offering More Education Alternatives for Low and Moderate Income Students in PA - 10/13/2016
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has announced new legislation to increase state funding for Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits (OSTC) in Pennsylvania. The two programs give tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Following a tour of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, the Speaker said the funding bump would help cut the waiting list for charter schools and provide new educational opportunities for thousands of Philadelphia students.
House Speaker Turzai Attends Opening of First Convenience Store Licensed to Sell Wine in PA - 10/4/2016
The first Pennsylvania convenience store licensed for private wine sales commenced operation Tuesday in Shippensburg thanks to legislation approved earlier this year in Harrisburg. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), sponsor of the Adult Beverage Convenience and Wine Privatization Act, was joined by executives of the Sheetz Corporation and other state officials to mark the historic event. Speaker Turzai said the legislation is a significant step toward the modernization of wine and spirit sales in the state and represents a real improvement in consumer convenience.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Wine Sales in Grocery Stores - 9/1/2016
Legislation allowing the sale of wine and beer at grocery stores recently took effect in Pennsylvania allowing local stores to offer the convenience of food and alcohol purchases in one place. Thanks to the new law, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Pennsylvania has taken the first steps in moving toward a privatized system for the sale of wine and liquor in the Commonwealth. Several local lawmakers were joined by Governor Wolf at a Wegmans store in Mechanicsburg on mark the beginning of private wine sales in the state.
First Wine Sold in Grocery Store in PA Since Prohibition - 8/19/2016
Legislation sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) recently went into effect to privatize the sale of wine in Pennsylvania and take the first step in dismantling the Commonwealth’s monopoly on the retail and wholesale sales of wine and liquor. Thanks to the new law, wine is now being sold in a Pennsylvania grocery store for the first time since prohibition. Speaker Turzai said that after more than 80 years of full government control, the Privatization Era has begun in the Commonwealth.
Speaker Turzai Discusses Implementation of his Wine Privatization Bill on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show on Wednesday August 11th - 8/11/2016
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) discussed his legislation to privatize the sale of wine in Pennsylvania on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show on Wednesday August 11th. Under the new law that just took affect, PA consumers will now be able to buy wine in participating grocery stores, have direct shipment of wine to their home and have wine-to-go from restaurants and hotels.
Speaker Turzai’s Wine Privatization Bill Takes Effect - 8/9/2016
Legislation sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) went into effect this week to privatize the sale of wine in Pennsylvania and take the first step in dismantling the Commonwealth’s monopoly on the retail and wholesale sales of wine and liquor. Under the new law, PA consumers will soon be able to buy wine in participating grocery stores, have direct shipment of wine to their home and have wine-to-go from restaurants and hotels. Speaker Turzai said he is confident the groundbreaking legislation will significantly enhance convenience and accessibility for consumers and may eventually lead to the full privatization of wine and spirits sales in the state.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction - 6/23/2016
Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.
Speaker Turzai Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation - 6/14/2016
Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1071 would establish a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit retirement plan for future state and school employees. Under the new formula, prospective employees would receive a baseline pension based on the traditional formula, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000, or after 25 years of service.
Speaker Turzai’s Privatization Bill Expected to Bring Improved Wine, Beer Convenience to Pennsylvania Consumers This Year - 6/7/2016
In a bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania House approved a Senate-amended plan on Tuesday to bring wine sales to grocery stores and improve consumer convenience for liquor sales across the state. House Bill 1690, sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), will expand the licensed sales of wine by the bottle to grocery stores, restaurants and hotels; and six-pack shops would also be able to upgrade their licenses to sell wine as well as beer. Speaker Turzai said he is confident the governor will sign the groundbreaking legislation that will significantly enhance convenience and accessibility for consumers.