Jan. 06, 2017

New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day

This week, joined by my family, friends and supporters, I was honored to be unanimously elected to my second term as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

We have great opportunities in front of us, and we have the responsibility to govern. Working together, the members of this House will look at how government is structured from top to bottom and streamline operations to save taxpayer dollars.

My goal is to move forward in a bipartisan manner on a number of crucial issues. Click here to listen to my comments.

During the ceremony, lawmakers took the oath of office for the 2017-18 legislative session. The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members. The House also adopted a set of rules governing how the body operates.


It is a privilege to represent the 28th Legislative District and to be selected by my colleagues as House Speaker. I was sworn in by Third District Judge and former state Attorney General Mike Fisher (center). My family – wife, Lidia (left), and sons Andrew, Stephen and Matthew (right) -- joined me on the rostrum.


My friend and colleague Dave Reddecliff, chief clerk of the House of Representatives, presented me with a commemorative gavel after I took the oath as Speaker.
Applications for 2017 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available

High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

To apply, interested students should visit RepTurzai.com and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1.
E-Waste Collection Event

JVS Environmental will host an e-waste collection on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lots of McKnight Elementary School and North Allegheny Intermediate School in McCandless.

Accepted items include computers, printers, copiers, scanners, cell phones, networking equipment, monitors, keyboards, cables, speakers and CD/DVD drives. Televisions will be accepted with a one television per car limit.

Although the new contract with Waste Management includes the “At Your Door” collection service for electronics, this event will be held to help residents who live in apartments and other residential complexes that are not a part of the town’s waste contract.

The collection is only for residents of McCandless and Ohio Township. Enter the collection site using the McKnight School entrance located at 500 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh.
Prescription Drug Collection Box at Northern Regional Police Department

I want to remind you that a prescription drug collection box has been permanently installed at the Northern Regional Police Department. You can bring prescription drugs to the station during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Items that will not be accepted include:
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ointments
  • Needles
  • Thermometers
For information and inquiries, please call 724-625-3156. The Northern Regional Police Department is located at 230 Pearce Mill Road, Wexford.
511PAConnect Seeks to Keep Stranded Motorists Safe, Informed

A new service called 511PAConnect has been launched to provide updates to motorists in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other major state roadways.

The service will be activated when personnel from the PA Turnpike or PennDOT identify a potential long-term closure, with the system being used only for emergencies that will last for a sustained period. The system will only work in areas with cell phone service.

Motorists who receive the alert will have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates, along with follow-up notifications from turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure.