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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.

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Turzai Selected as Speaker-Designee by House Republican Caucus

Nov. 15, 2016  Download

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).

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Speaker Turzai Proposes Boost for Tax Credit Programs, Offering More Education Alternatives for Low and Moderate Income Students in PA

Oct. 13, 2016  Download

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.

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House Speaker Turzai Attends Opening of First Convenience Store Licensed to Sell Wine in PA

Oct. 04, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Comments on Wine Sales in Grocery Stores

Sep. 01, 2016  Download

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.

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First Wine Sold in Grocery Store in PA Since Prohibition

Aug. 19, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Discusses Implementation of his Wine Privatization Bill on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show on Wednesday August 11th

Aug. 11, 2016  Download

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.