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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Maher Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation
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House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.
Rep. Maher Comments on Governor’s Budget Address
House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.
Rep. Maher's Telephone Town Hall Meeting from June 4th, 2015
A recording of Rep. Maher's Telephone Town Hall meeting held on June 4, 2015 is now available in it's entirety.
Maher Comments on Agriculture and Rural Affairs Hearing on GMO’s
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Issues surrounding the use and labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms in modern agriculture and food production was the topic of an informational meeting of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee held recently in Harrisburg. The Committee heard from industry experts on the legal and economic ramifications, as well as pros and cons of GMO’s as a food source. Committee Chairman Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington) said it is important for lawmakers to have a strong grasp of the science surrounding GMO’s before deciding how these products are to be marketed and sold. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Maher Comments on House Approval of His Police Dog Protection Bill
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The Pennsylvania House has unanimously approved legislation to strengthen felony charges for those who deliberately harm or kill a police dog in the line of duty. The bill, known as Rocco’s Law, was prompted by the fatal stabbing of K-9 officer Rocco recently in Pittsburgh. Bill sponsor Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington) said Rocco’s unfortunate death revealed a weak spot in Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws that needed quick action to correct. Rep. Maher’s bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Maher’s “Rocco’s Law” Advances, Strengthening Penalties for Harming or Killing Police Dogs in PA
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The House Judiciary Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington) that would strengthen felony charges for anyone who deliberately harms or kills a K-9 officer in the line of duty. The bill was prompted by the fatal stabbing of K-9 officer Rocco just six weeks ago in Pittsburgh. Rep. Maher said Rocco’s violent death revealed a weak spot in Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Maher Comments on House Consideration of Historic Legislation
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The Pennsylvania House this week is debating legislation designed to reduce the size of the legislature. House Bill 153, sponsored by House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson), would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House by 50 members. Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny), who was chosen to preside over the debate, said he is proud to be associated with the landmark legislation. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. John Maher Comments on Signing of Fair Share Act
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Legislation that will provide lawsuit abuse reform in Pennsylvania has been signed into law. The Fair Share Act eliminates joint liability in cases where defendants are less than 60% responsible for damages, and implements a system where defendants will only pay the percentage of damages for which they are responsible. Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny, Washington) said that these changes will go a long way toward improving the climate for health care providers in Pennsylvania. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.