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Speaker Turzai Discusses the Legislature's Current Legal Battle over Congressional Redistricting Maps on WSBA Radio's Morning News, Friday February 23

Feb. 23, 2018  Download

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.

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House Speaker Rep. Turzai Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal

Feb. 06, 2018  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Responds to PA Supreme Court Decision Calling for the Redrawing of Congressional District Maps

Jan. 23, 2018  Download

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.

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House Speaker Mike Turzai Comments on Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

Jan. 23, 2018  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Says Bi-Partisan Pension Reform Aimed at Ensuring the Sustainability of State and School Employee Pension Systems in PA

Jun. 08, 2017  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Joins Hundreds of PA Gun Owners at Capitol Second Amendment Rights Rally

May. 22, 2017  Download

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.

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House Speaker Turzai Praises House Resolution Calling for Increasing the Number of Women Serving On Corporate Boards in PA

Apr. 26, 2017  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai - Governor’s Budget Proposal This Year is More In-Sync with Republican Efforts to Restart State Government

Feb. 07, 2017  Download

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.

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Rep. Mike Turzai Re-Elected for a Second Term as Speaker of the PA House

Jan. 03, 2017  Download

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.