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 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.
Speaker Mike Turzai interviewed on KDKA Radio's Afternoon News with Robert Mangino - May 25, 2017 - 5/30/2017
PA House Speaker Mike Turzai was interviewed by KDKA Radio's Afternoon News program with Robert Mangino on Thursday, May 25, 2017 about legislation to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the oversight of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
Speaker Turzai Joins Hundreds of PA Gun Owners at Capitol Second Amendment Rights Rally - 5/22/2017
Hundreds of gun owners and gun rights advocates were joined by a large bipartisan group of lawmakers in the state Capitol rotunda on Monday to voice their support for the second amendment rights of Pennsylvania citizens. This was the twelfth annual second amendment rights rally to be held in Harrisburg and a number of nationally noted speakers shared their perspectives on legislative and judicial efforts to protect and preserve the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) addressed those attending the rally and voiced support for moving municipal preemption legislation that will prevent local governments from regulating the ownership, possession or transportation of firearms and ammunition, on to become law in Pennsylvania.
House Speaker Turzai Praises House Resolution Calling for Increasing the Number of Women Serving On Corporate Boards in PA - 4/26/2017
House lawmakers joined representatives of women’s business groups in the state Capitol Wednesday in supporting passage of a House resolution urging all public and private companies as well as nonprofit institutions doing business in Pennsylvania to move toward a goal of having a minimum of 30 percent of leadership positions filled by women. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) spoke at the press conference and said by taking action on this measure Pennsylvania becomes the fifth state to officially recognize the benefits of increasing gender diversity on the boards of companies and non-profit institutions.
Speaker Turzai - Governor’s Budget Proposal This Year is More In-Sync with Republican Efforts to Restart State Government - 2/7/2017
Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year in Harrisburg Tuesday before a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The governor’s proposed $32.34 billion spending plan includes a call for modest revenue increases, but also features a number of departmental consolidations and cost-saving measures. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said lawmakers will be taking a close look at the details of the proposal, but are generally pleased with the governor’s plan that will reduce the growth of spending while supporting Republican efforts to restart state government.
Rep. Mike Turzai Re-Elected for a Second Term as Speaker of the PA House - 1/3/2017
The 2017-18 Session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives opened Tuesday with the election of Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker after 200 members of the General Assembly took their oaths of office. The House also adopted a set of rules governing how the body will operate. The new session will bring a 121 member Republican majority to the House, the largest single party majority in decades. In House floor comments following his election, Speaker Turzai called for bipartisan cooperation on the crucial legislative issues expected to face lawmakers in the new session including jobs, improving schools and the restructuring of state government.
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.