House Bill 2400 to Finish Construction Projects Heads to the Senate and Needs to Become Law, Turzai says

Apr. 22, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – With more than 1.5 million unemployment compensation claims in Pennsylvania since March 15, the House today passed legislation to allow all public and private construction activities to be undertaken that adhere to mitigation measures set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect workers and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said. This is a voluntary approach, not a mandate. Those who want to work safely can do so. Those who do not want to work don’t have to do so.

Food Supply Chain Needs Urgent Action

Apr. 17, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Recognizing the urgent need to address immediate challenges impacting the food supply chain across Pennsylvania, House Republicans have urged Gov. Tom Wolf to protect employees, address supply capacity rates and address a packaging material shortage that is resulting in an untold amount of food waste at a time when the state and country need those resources the most.

Turzai Says Inmate Release is Inappropriate Overreach of Executive Authority

Apr. 10, 2020 /

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Allegheny County – Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement regarding the governor’s unilateral decision to release prisoners from state correctional facilities without detailing how the individuals will be supervised or returned to confinement after the emergency, among other issues:

With More Than 700,000 PA Unemployment Claims, Turzai Crafts Legislation to Allow Construction Projects Proceed

Mar. 27, 2020 /

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Allegheny County -- Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) has prepared legislation to allow all construction projects in Pennsylvania to move forward as long as mitigation efforts are undertaken to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in accordance with regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Continuity of Educational Efforts Are Necessary for All PA Students, Speaker Turzai Says

Mar. 17, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – While recognizing the rationale behind the governor’s decision to temporarily close all of Pennsylvania’s schools and universities to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement reminding the education community of the responsibility to teach Pennsylvania’s students, and that learning should not stop during the two-week, possibly more, school closure ordered by the governor.

Turzai Op-Ed Sent to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mar. 15, 2020 /

Unfortunately, we were not made aware of the redactions in the expense reports referred to in last week’s Post-Gazette editorial. As soon as we did, we voluntarily turned over all requested records without redaction – which should have been done in the first place.

Turzai, Mizgorski Announce School Safety Grants

Feb. 26, 2020 /

HARRISBURG — Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) announced today that the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including Pine-Richland School District, North Allegheny School District, Hampton Township School District, Shaler Area School District and Fox Chapel Area School District.

Turzai Issues Statement on Scarnati Not Seeking Re-Election

Feb. 13, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – After serving the constituents of the 25th District for five terms, Sen. Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati has announced he will not seek re-election. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) released the following statement:

Wolf’s ‘Restore PA’ Plan More Likely to Destroy PA

Feb. 11, 2020 / Editorial

Gov. Tom Wolf once again is pushing his fiscally irresponsible, job-crushing Restore PA proposal. He wants to borrow $4.5 billion at a cost to the taxpayers of $6.5 billion in principal, interest and fees. This debt-financed “boondoggle” is to be allocated at the whim of a new government board and paid for by yet another job-killing tax on natural gas production. Keep in mind, the state already imposes an impact fee on natural gas production and levies business taxes on these employers.

Energize PA Initiative Heads to Governor’s Desk

Feb. 04, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) applauded the passage today of House Bill 1100 by both the House and the Senate, each with overwhelming bipartisan votes.

House Republican Leaders Call for Spending Slow Down

Feb. 04, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Republican leaders reacted to the governor’s call to increase state spending by $2 billion for fiscal year 2020-21. The governor presented his $36 billion spending proposal today in front of a joint session of the General Assembly.

House GOP Leaders: Don’t Change What Isn’t Broken

Feb. 03, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Republican leaders today agreed with some of the findings of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s (LBFC) year-long study into the medical malpractice venue issue but were disappointed that the bipartisan, bicameral committee stopped short in asking for the state’s highest court to abandon its proposal to revoke the current venue rule.