HARRISBURG - The Lancaster County Republican Delegation – House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom), Mindy Fee (R-Manheim), Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock), Dave Hickernell (R-West Donegal), Brett Miller (R-East Hempfield), Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz) and Dave Zimmerman (R-East Earl) – issued the following statement after the announcement from Gov. Tom Wolf at yesterday’s press conference that he plans to veto House Bill 2463. The bill would ensure Right-to-Know (RTK) requests are answered during state of emergency declarations and it was passed unanimously by the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today voted in favor of a short-term budget that will fully fund our schools and maintain government services for residents in accordance with the severe economic constraints facing our Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – As Pennsylvania’s unemployment statistics continue to rise, and the COVID-19 ‘curve’ is flattened, the House of Representatives sent a plan to allow counties to develop and implement their own COVID-19 mitigation plans for businesses to the Governor’s desk.
ELIZABETHTOWN – Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-West Donegal) announced that starting tomorrow, March 18, he will temporarily close his district offices in Elizabethtown and Columbia boroughs to walk-in visitors in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus.
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster Republican Delegation to the House of Representatives today listened to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal before a joint session of the General Assembly where the governor ask for $2 billion in new spending over the current budget and $5 billion in new taxpayer debt.
The Department of Agriculture is reminding dog owners to be sure they obtain a license for 2020. All dogs three months of age and older are required to be licensed. The fee for an annual license is $6.50, or $8.50 if the dog is not spayed or neutered.
HARRISBURG – Harold W. Billow, a resident of the 98th Legislative District and the last known survivor of the most infamous war crime committed during WWII’s Battle of the Bulge, was honored during an auspicious ceremony on the floor of the House on the 75th anniversary of the Malmedy Massacre, said Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) and Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) announced that today, the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) met and approved a $176,022 grant to allow Mount Joy Borough to proceed with its stormwater basin rehabilitation project to alleviate flooding within the borough.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Hickernell’s (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) Fostering Independence Through Education Waiver legislation was signed into law by the governor Friday as part of House Bill 1615. The new law will assist children in foster care with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.
HARRISBURG – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Professional Licensure Committee Chairman Dave Hickernell and Democratic Chairman Harry Readshaw to remove the barriers for licensees entering Pennsylvania is on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk and is expected to be signed into law.
HARRISBURG – Today, the Lancaster County House Republican Delegation voted to pass a 2019-20 spending plan for the Commonwealth built upon a foundation of five principles to serve Pennsylvania taxpayers – saving for the future; fiscal management; thrift; investing in our future by boosting education; and instilling policies to foster economic growth. This plan also addresses Lancaster County priorities such as agriculture and Thaddeus Stevens College.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) today expressed disappointment and sadness on Exelon Corporation’s announcement that Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear energy station will be shut down. Hickernell represents Londonderry Township, home of Three Mile Island, and issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Today, the Lancaster County House Republican Delegation was present for a joint session of the General Assembly as Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget address for 2019-20. The $34.15 billion spending plan is an increase of $927 million over the current enacted budget.
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HARRISBURG -- Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) will begin his ninth term in office as the newly appointed chairman of the Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee.
ELIZABETHTOWN – Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) invites seniors residing in the 98th Legislative District and their families to his 2018 Senior Expo on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Freemasons Cultural Center in the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved his $170,000 request for Londonderry Township’s Sunset Park.
HARRISBURG – A Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for $1 million for Elizabethtown College was approved by the Wolf administration on Tuesday, said Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin).
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County House Republican Delegation announced a $2 million grant to benefit cancer patients by expanding Lancaster General Hospital’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.
School districts across Pennsylvania are developing and implementing strategies and security plans to help increase school safety and keep Pennsylvania students safe. As the House Education Committee chairman, I held a lengthy hearing on this topic which included four panels and 14 witnesses, earlier this year in preparation for the 2018-19 state budget.