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 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.
Speaker Turzai Applauds Shell Appalachia’s Decision to Invest in PA - 6/7/2016
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) praised the recent decision by Shell Chemical Appalachia to follow through on plans to construct a major petrochemical complex in Beaver County that includes an ethylene cracker plant. Speaker Turzai said the commitment on the part of Shell indicates that the state’s pro-growth energy policies are paying off and successfully bringing family-sustaining jobs to the Commonwealth.
Speaker Turzai Joins 2nd Amendment Supporters at State Capitol Rally - 5/24/2016
Gun owners from across the Commonwealth as well as pro-Second Amendment state lawmakers joined together in the state capitol rotunda on Tuesday for the Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. For ten years the annual grassroots event has highlighted Second Amendment rights and served as a platform for citizens to lobby for the passage of legislation to protect the firearms rights of Pennsylvania citizens. Comments are available from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who was among the featured speakers at the event.
Speaker Turzai Says Governor Should Reconsider His Threat to Veto a Bill to Keep the Best Teachers in PA Classrooms - 5/17/2016
Legislative leaders from the House and Senate on Tuesday called for Governor Wolf to reconsider his threat to veto a bill that would allow Pennsylvania school districts to retain the best teachers in the classroom when furloughs are required for economic reasons. House Bill 805 which is now on the Governor’s desk, would end the system of seniority-based, “first hired–last fired” layoffs and implement a structure that places emphasis on teacher performance over length-of-service. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the bill represents a truly meaningful reform that would help ensure high quality education for Pennsylvania’s students.