Maher In the News
It is an honor to work for you and the residents of our district and I take great pride in representing you in Harrisburg. I am aware of the challenges that face our state and I am dedicated to facing those challenges so that together, we can make our communities the best that they can be. As a way for you to keep up with the work that is happening on your behalf, check the stories listed below, and as always, feel free to contact my office for more information about these stories or if I may assist you with any state-related matter.


Gasoline supply battle could influence pump prices for Pittsburgh
Laura Legere - Harrisburg Bureau
The owner of the only pipeline bringing gasoline and diesel from the East Coast to southwestern Pennsylvania is planning to reverse the direction of flow 100 miles east of Pittsburgh so that Midwestern refiners can send more fuel to the middle of the state.


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As Pennsylvania's recycling mandate nears expiration, state eyes overhaul

By Brian C. Rittmeyer - TRIBLIVE
In coming up with a plan to save polar bears from climate change, students at Colfax Upper Elementary School decided to encourage recycling.

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In area that calls itself an energy capital, legislators tackle questions about clean vs. fossil fuels
By Barbara Miller- Washington County News
The loss of coal mining jobs in Washington and Greene counties was a central topic in the region in the period leading up to the November 2016 election, so when the League of Women Voters convened its annual question-and-answer session with area legislators, some may have considered it a provocative question when the moderator asked about investing and creating jobs in the clean energy sector.

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Maher reflects on 20-year career in state House
By Harry Funk - The Almanac
Regarding his counterparts in Harrisburg, state Rep. John Maher has an alarming statistic: “We’re nearing 40 members of the Legislature becoming incarcerated since I’ve been there.”

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Request for Laurel Pipeline reversal will undergo judicial review
Lydia Nuzum - Pittsburgh Business Times
The review is the result of multiple protests filed against a proposal to reverse the direction of western Pennsylvania's Laurel Pipeline, the only pipeline that transports petroleum to the Pittsburgh region from the east.

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House Committee Chairmen named for 2017-18 Legislative Session
By Chelsea Friedman, weareCentralPA.com
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) announced Thursday the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairmen for the 2017-18 Legislative Session.

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House names committee chairs for 2017-18 session
By Paul Vigna, PennLive
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) on Thursday announced the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairmen for the 2017-18 Legislative session.

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Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Making It Easier To Safely Dispose Of Unwanted Drugs
by Pa. Environmental Digest

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday signed into law legislation— House Bill 1737 (Maher-R- Allegheny)— to make it easier and safer to destroy unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs

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Legislators acknowledge Bethel Park family for memorial Martha’s Run
By Cara Host, The Almanac

“But the Dixon family has taken that and made so much good,” said state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair. At the Bethel Park Council meeting Oct.

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Two tons of sensitive records destroyed in shredding event
When state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, invited his constituents – his “60,000 bosses,” as he calls them – to protect their privacy by disposing of unneeded private records, he was amazed by the response.

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Pitt Celebrates 50-Year Partnership with Pennsylvania
By: Joe Miksch, University of Pittsburgh News Services
July 28, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh becoming a state-related institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Upper St. Clair lawmaker’s drug disposal bill advances to Senate
It all originated with a personal experience.

As state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, walked into a local pharmacy to dispose of unused prescriptions from a love one who passed away, he quickly realized it couldn’t be done.

Pa. environmental regulator resigns in email controversy
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is looking for a new head for his Department of Environmental Protection after the abrupt resignation of Secretary John Quigley following news reports that Quigley used his private email account to rally support in the state's environmental community for drilling regulations and a clean air plan.

House bills call for more lead tests
From Times Shamrock
HARRISBURG — The state would expand testing of children and water supplies to reduce the risk of potential lead poisoning under legislation unveiled Tuesday by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers.

Citing Flint, PA Lawmakers Cry Lead On Wolf Administration
From WESA
For Pennsylvania lawmakers, the problem of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan has served as a rallying cry, a teachable moment and, now, a political cudgel.

House bills call for more lead tests
From Times Shamrock
HARRISBURG — The state would expand testing of children and water supplies to reduce the risk of potential lead poisoning under legislation unveiled Tuesday by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers.

Wrinkles Surfacing in Chesapeake Reboot Plan
From Lancaster Farming
HARRISBURG, Pa. — There has been plenty of effort by Pennsylvania farmers, coupled with mounting pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to reduce agricultural pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Will new oil and gas regulations face opposition in House, Senate committees?
From Pennlive.com
The state Department of Environmental Protection's new rules for the oil and gas industry easily passed the Environmental Quality Board, but they may face some opposition in House and Senate committees.

Wolf administration criticized for new limits on filling vacant jobs
From StateImpact
Last month Governor Tom Wolf’s administration quietly imposed a temporary hold on filling hundreds of vacant state jobs, including nearly 200 at the Department of Environmental Protection.

Republicans, yes Republicans, propose severance tax on gas drillers
From ABC27
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In a Monday morning meeting of the House Environmental and Energy Committee, a little glimmer of hope for Governor Tom Wolf, one day ahead of his second budget address.

Proposed law is for transparency; co-ops turn thumbs down
From Farmshine

Wolf passes the collection plate to promote his budget plan
From Pennlive.com
Recent fund-raising emails that have gone out from Gov. Tom Wolf's campaign committee has raised more than a few eyebrows by its request for donations to help the governor's $33.7 billion budget package get passed.
 
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Maher calls for honest royalties
From: NPR's State Impact
People who leased their land for Marcellus Shale drilling have been complaining for several years that some companies are cheating them out of gas royalty money.

Wolf email soliciting donations raises Republican ire
From: ABC 27 News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The email comes from the Wolf campaign and it’s authored by first lady, Frances.
 
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PA's CPA's -- sense about saving dollars
 

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DEP slammed over oil and gas regulation process
From The PLS Reporter

Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny), majority chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, aired numerous grievances with the Department of Environmental Protection’s process in creating and considering draft regulations that pertain to surface activities of oil and gas drillers during Wednesday’s House Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the department.
 
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Landfill percolating on panel agendas
From The Times-Tribune
HARRISBURG - Landfill issues are starting to percolate in the Senate and House environmental and energy committees as they met Wednesday for the first time in the new legislative session.
 
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Pa. House Committee Chairs for the 2015-16 Session Announced
From Patch.com
The 2015-16 committee chairs for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were announced Monday by Speaker-Designate Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County).
 
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Vote Aims To Save Household Pets From Dinner Table
From CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – You would never think that anyone would ever consider eating a cat or dog in this country.
 
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Allegheny County to Vote on Restaurant Grade System
From The Almanac
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s proposal to post an A-B-C letter grade system outside of restaurants goes before county council members Oct. 7 despite State Rep. John Maher (R-Upper St. Clair) warning it may be illegal.

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Ban on Eating Cats and Dogs on Hold because of Pigeons
From ABC 27 WHTM
Dogs and cats can be so cute and cuddly you could just gobble them up.
 
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Local police celebrate Rocco's Law implementation
From Times Online
A newly implemented law toughening penalties against anyone who severely injures or kills a police animal will be celebrated this week by area officials and police officers, including several dog handlers.

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Lyft and Uber Await Answer From PUC for Temporary Licenses
From 90.5 WESA
Mayor Bill Peduto lifted his cell phone up, showing the Lyft and Uber apps on his screen.

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty
From The Moderate Voice
There is a remote possibility that Pennsylvania will finally ban the cruel practice of live pigeon shoots when the state senate reconvenes in September. Pennsylvania is the last state where pigeon shoots are legally held.

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Rocco’s Law heads to governor’s desk
From observer-reporter.com
Calling it a win for canine officers and handlers across the commonwealth, state Sen. Matt Smith D-Mt. Lebanon, and state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, announced that both components of Rocco’s Law are ready for the governor’s signature.

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Bill Would Increase Penalty for Injuring, Killing K-9 Officers
From Upper St. Clair Patch
The bill is being called Rocco's Law in honor of a K-9 officer killed in the line of duty in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

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Pa. House stiffens penalty for killing police dog
From Daily Local News
A proposal to make killing or torturing a police dog a second-degree felony, a bill prompted by the stabbing death in January of Pittsburgh police dog Rocco, was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Pennsylvania state House.

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State lawmakers to toughen penalty for killing police dogs 
From WGAL.com
The Pennsylvania state House is giving its unanimous approval to a proposed law to make killing or torturing a police dog a second-degree felony. 

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Pa. House stiffens penalty for killing police dog
From PennLive.com
A proposal to make killing or torturing a police dog a second-degree felony, a bill prompted by the stabbing death in January of Pittsburgh police dog Rocco, was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Pennsylvania state House.

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'Rocco’s Law' Moves Forward in Harrisburg
From WESA.FM
Six weeks after the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said goodbye to K-9 officer Rocco, legislation is advancing through the Pennsylvania House that would strengthen the punishment for those who harm a police dog.

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“Rocco’s Law” would stiffen penalties for assaulting K-9 officers
From palive365.com
The House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh area State Rep. John Maher that would strengthen felony charges for anyone who deliberately harms or kills a K-9 officer in the line of duty.

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Legislation that strengthens penalties for harming police dogs goes to House
From PublicOpinionOnline.com
The House Judiciary Committee 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.

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Pa. ban on eating cats, dogs needs to happen
From PublicOpinionOnline.com
Who among us probably thought there was no need to worry about dogs and cats ending up on dinner tables, because such a thing has surely been illegal in Pennsylvania for time out of mind?

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Pennsylvania to make it illegal to breed or sell dogs for their meat
From Examiner.com
A bill to ban killing dogs and cats for their meat in Pennsylvania unanimously passed through the House in Harrisburg and is now on its way to the Senate reported Philly.com on Sunday.

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Pa. House OKs bill barring killing dogs, cats for meat
From Philly.com
Most pet owners would be aghast at the idea of a dog or cat on the dinner plate and not sitting happily under the table waiting for scraps.

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Area lawmakers mostly against transportation bill
From Observer-Reporter.com
Only one state House representative from Washington County voted in favor Tuesday of the long-awaited $2.3 billion transportation bill that was overwhelming approved a day later by the Senate.

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Flagged by report, ride safety officials promise transparency
From WITF
State officials say they're addressing problems with record-keeping on amusement ride inspections.

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Bill would help keep cats and dogs off the dinner plate
From PennLive.com
A state lawmaker says he has discovered an "unfortunate gap" in law that doesn't make it illegal to breed or kill dogs and cats or sell or process the meat from dogs and cats for human consumption in Pennsylvania.

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Who wants to eat cats and dogs, and why is it cold already?: Good morning, central Pennsylvania
From PennLive.com
Of all the things I've ever thought: "hmm, there should be a law against that," it never crossed my mind that "eating cats and dogs" should be one of them. Mind you, I'm not suggesting we chow down on chow-chows; I'm merely surprised that it's an issue.

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Bill would make consuming cats and dogs illegal in PA 
From FOX 43
A Pennsylvania lawmaker says he’s found an “unfortunate gap” in a state law. 

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State lax in regulating amusement parks

From The Morning Call
The agency that regulates Pennsylvania's amusement parks must develop a better system to track inspection reports that parks are required by law to file but sometimes ignore, state officials said last week. 

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