My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Speaker Mike Turzai Promotes Pro-Workforce and Economy Initiative - 6/14/2019
House Speaker Mike Turzai(R-Allegheny) was joined by a group of lawmakers in Susquehanna County on Friday to promote House Bill 1103, designed to make natural gas equally available to manufacturers throughout the Commonwealth. The bill is part of the Energize PA package of legislation, crafted to boost the impact of natural gas being extracted from wells in Pennsylvania in both the energy production and manufacturing sectors.
Speaker Turzai Unveils Energize PA Initiative to Rebuild the State’s Economy - 4/29/2019
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) joined a group of Republican lawmakers Monday in Harrisburg to introduce the “Energize PA” package of pro-growth and pro-jobs bills aimed at creating manufacturing jobs and redeveloping industrial infrastructure with no new fees or taxes. Speaker Turzai said the eight-bill initiative is a bid to encourage business growth and private reinvestment in Pennsylvania.
Speaker Turzai Stands in Support of Good Jobs for Pennsylvania Bills to Boost Career and Technical Education - 3/25/2019
Lawmakers, students and supporters of improving workforce development programs rallied in Harrisburg on Monday to acknowledge the successful passage of a Good Jobs for Pennsylvania package of legislation by the full House. The 11-bill package would help match up interested students and individuals with the best training for their career paths. The bipartisan, career and technical education (CTE) package includes measures to address workforce shortages in business and industry, strengthen educational partnerships with employers, increase access to career oriented technical training and alleviate misperceptions regarding vocational education programs. Comments are now available from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) who joined rank and file Republicans at the capitol event in support of the package.
Speaker Turzai Co-authors Legislation Protecting Unborn Children with Down Syndrome from Abortion - 3/20/2019
Lawmakers and Down syndrome advocates rallied in Harrisburg on Wednesday in support of legislation that would protect unborn children from being aborted because they have been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Under current Pennsylvania law, an abortion can be performed prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason if a doctor deems it is necessary, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child. This legislation would expand the exception to prohibit aborting the child solely due to a prenatal diagnosis that the unborn baby has Down syndrome. House Bill 321 is similar to legislation approved in a previous session of the House. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) is joint prime sponsor of the legislation to ensure protection for unborn Down syndrome babies.
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.