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My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Simmons Joins Area Lawmakers to Discuss the Impact of the State Budget Stalemate
Pennsylvania Lawmakers are expressing their concern about the governor’s complete veto of the state budget and subsequent failure to expedite negotiations to end the funding crisis for hard hit human services agencies. At a news conference held Tuesday at the Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown, Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh, Montgomery & Northampton) joined other legislators to speak about the genesis of the current budget stalemate, along with its expected impact on those local agencies and facilities dependent on state funding.
Rep. Simmons Comments on Committee Passage of Liquor Privatization Legislation
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Legislation that would privatize the sale of beer, wine, and spirits in Pennsylvania has been approved by the House Liquor Control Committee. House Bill 466 would replace the archaic system put in place in 1933, which was designed to discourage liquor sales. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton), a member of the Liquor Control Committee, said the time has come to bring Pennsylvania’s liquor laws in line with the rest of the nation. House Bill 466 now awaits consideration by the full House. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Simmons Discusses Need to Adopt Federal Marketplace Fairness Act
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Federal legislation designed to set uniform national standards for the collection of sales taxes was the topic of a roundtable discussion held Thursday with local businesses by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton). Simmons is the sponsor of House Resolution 571 which was approved by the Pennsylvania House in December and urges Congress to adopt the federal Marketplace Fairness Act to ensure a level playing field for the collection of sale taxes by both on-line and bricks and mortar merchants. Rep. Simmons said he hopes his resolution helps to get the ball rolling in Washington. The roundtable discussion took place at Dan’s Camera City in Allentown, where local business owner Mike Woodland told Simmons he has been losing business for years to online competitors who are not required to collect sales taxes. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Simmons Comments on His Bill to Increase Penalties for Concealing the Death of a Child
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Legislation that would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child received unanimous approval by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday. House Bill 20, also known as “Caylee’s Law” is a response to the recent Caylee Anthony case in Florida, where the child’s mother waited almost a month before reporting her daughter missing. Bill sponsor Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton) outlined the penalties and responsible parties in his plan. House Bill 20 now awaits consideration in the Senate. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Simmons Comments on First Meeting of House Select Committee on Property Tax Reform
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The House Select Committee on Property Tax Reform held its first public hearing Monday in Harrisburg to review legislation designed to bring about changes in the tax system utilized by local governments and school districts in Pennsylvania. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton) a member of the committee, said this small bipartisan group of lawmakers plans to take a hard look at the numbers so they can develop a report that lays out a the best course of action for the General Assembly to follow on the property tax reform issue early next year. The committee is charged with performing a study of current legislation aimed reforming the local and school property tax system and delivering a report recommending a course of legislative action to the full House by Nov. 30th. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Simmons Comments on Hearing on Job Creation, Economic Growth
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Job creation and efforts to stimulate economic growth in Pennsylvania were the topics of discussion at a House Republican Policy Committee hearing held recently in Allentown. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton), who co-hosted the hearing, stressed the importance of educating the workforce to fit the needs of businesses, and praised programs designed to match trained employees with companies looking to hire in the Commonwealth. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Simmons Comments on House Passage of Constitutional Amendment to Allow for Property Tax Elimination in PA
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Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow for the exclusion of up to 100 percent of the value of a principal residence from property taxes has been approved by the state House. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton) said House Bill 2300 is a good first step toward the elimination of property taxes in the Commonwealth. The constitutional amendment process requires the legislation to be passed by two consecutive sessions of the legislature, and then approved by voters in a statewide referendum. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Simmons Comments on House Passage of Legislation to Reduce Size of PA General Assembly
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Landmark legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly was approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh, Northampton) said reducing the size of the legislature could result in significant cost savings and greater government efficiency. Chuck Nichols reports – story and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Simmons Introduces Legislation to Remove Sunset Provisions on PA’s Research and Development Tax Credit
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Legislation to prevent the sunset of Pennsylvania’s research and development tax credit program has been introduced in Harrisburg in an effort to support long-term job growth in the state. Bill sponsor Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton) said the program provides support for growth industries and is particularly important right now considering the expiration of the federal research and development tax credit program last year. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Simmons Unveils Child Safety Legislation in Harrisburg
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A pair of bills designed to improve child safety in Pennsylvania by imposing stronger penalties for crimes involving children were unveiled in Harrisburg on Monday. The legislation was introduced to address circumstances similar to the recent Caylee Anthony case in Florida. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh & Northampton), prime sponsor of House Bill 1842, said his bill would make it a felony to conceal the death of a child. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.