Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Two local lawmakers blasted GOP leadership for putting the House in recess instead of dealing with the vote.
A group of state House representatives on Thursday attempted to force a vote on a resolution that would urge the U.S. Attorney to investigate then-Attorney General Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, posted on his Facebook page that the Republican majority “immediately stopped proceedings” and that many representatives on that side of the aisle had “fled the floor” despite the House still being in session. “This is shocking and outrageous—what depths won't they go to in order to learn the truth?” the lawmaker wrote on his Facebook page. To read HR 520, click here. A procedural move was attempted by state Rep. Timothy Briggs, a Democrat, to force a vote on the resolution. State Rep. …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
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Saturday, June 9, 2012
By State Rep. Brandon Neuman I'm writing to let you know that the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2012. The program provides qualifying senior citizens and other Pennsylvania residents with rebates based on the property taxes or rent they paid the previous year. The program is open to Pennsylvania residents 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people 18 or older who have a disability. The income limit to qualify is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. Applicants must count all sources of income toward the limit, but only half of any Social Security, Supplemental Security or federal Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits toward their …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
'The Reassessment Task Force Report confirms what many of us have suspected all along, that the current reassessment system in Pennsylvania is a complete mess, but one that we now hope to get untangled once and for all,' state Rep. Jesse White said.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A joint task force created under legislation authored by state Reps. Jesse White and Brandon Neuman has reported the findings of its six-month study regarding reforming the commonwealth's "flawed system of conducting property reassessments." The task force was established to create a set of uniform standards for reassessing property values in the commonwealth, including developing new procedures for collecting and verifying reassessment data, developing standards for county reassessment contracting, and making other recommendations to improve the commonwealth’s flawed reassessment system. The Property Reassessment Task Force Report, which is the first comprehensive examination of the reassessment process in Pennsylvania by all stakeholders…
Friday, April 6, 2012
State Rep. Jesse White said the current property tax reassessment system 'has more holes in it than Swiss cheese.'
Legislation that would impose a temporary moratorium on court-ordered countywide property tax reassessments in Pennsylvania passed the House Wednesday and is headed to the state Senate for further consideration. A similar bill passed both chambers last year but was vetoed by Gov. Tom Corbett after a Senate amendment applied the moratorium to Washington County only and eliminated the timetable for the moratorium. House Bill 2137 is part of a multi-bill package spearheaded by state Reps. Jesse White, D-Cecil, and Brandon Neuman, D-North Strabane, to reform what both have called the state's "flawed method of reassessing property values" in order to protect homeowners from dramatic increases in property taxes. The bill has the support of the …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
State Rep. Jesse White, state Rep. Brandon Neuman and state Rep. Rick Saccone all voted no.
The state House Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that will enact an impact fee on Marcellus Shale drilling. The bill was approved by a vote of 101-90. State Rep. Brandon Neuman, state Rep. Rick Saccone and state Rep. Jesse White all voted no. To read the full bill, click here. Editor's Note: Rep. John Maher could not immediately be reached for comment. Check back with Peters Patch for reaction from local legislators.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The state Supreme Court threw out the new redistricting map Wednesday, causing nominating petitions to be set back two days.
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out the new legislative redistricting map, saying it was "contrary to law." The Post-Gazette reported that the opinion was issued Wednesday, and that as a result, nominating petitions for those seeking state House and Senate seats would be pushed back two days. The justices voted 4-3 to send the plan back to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, and the majority said their opinion in the case would be released later. Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny, Washington, said that Peters is reunited in the 40th district—for the time being. "While the Supreme Court's order has ignited considerable confusion and gnashing elsewhere, Peters Township is happy that its simple wish to be undivided has suddenly …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Education Voters PA asks you to take five minutes out of your Monday to call state officials to let them know you support public education.
On Monday, Education Voters PA wants you to make some noise for public education. Literally. The nonprofit organization is asking residents to call Gov. Tom Corbett and their state representatives in support of public education—the first statewide call to action regarding pending legislation related to the issue. An email sent by organizers explains, "Thousands of people will set aside (five) minutes to call the governor and local state representatives and senators with a short message about education being our highest priority as taxpayers and voters." The email then speaks about pending legislation, indicating: The organization encourages state residents to "fight back" by calling elected officials in support of public education funding—…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
H.B. 1950 passed 107-76 on Thursday.
The state House on Thursday voted 107-76 to pass a bill that would regulate Marcellus Shale drilling—as well as enact a 1 percent impact fee. House Bill 1950 will would restrict the ability of local municipalities to govern drilling in their towns, establishes setbacks but did not include specific protections for schools or other areas such as parks. Under the terms of the bill, Marcellus Shale drilling would be a permitted use in all zoning districts. Compressor sites would be permitted in most zones, with a 750-foot setback requirement. State Rep. John Maher, State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, state Rep. Brandon Neuman voted no on the measure. This story originally appeared on Canon-McMillan Patch.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The court granted permission for state Rep. Jesse White to file the brief, which would support the Washington County Commissioners' motion to temporarily halt a countywide property tax reassessment.
Washington County Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca granted a state Rep. Jesse White's request to file a special legal brief to discuss pending and recently passed legislation that would support the Washington County Commissioners' motion to temporarily block an $8 million county-wide property reassessment. White, D-Cecil, said in a release that asking the court for permission to submit an "amicus curiae" brief—which means "friend of the court"—is highly unusual for a case at the county level. Although such briefs have been permitted in other counties in Pennsylvania, this may be a first for Washington County, White said. In his petition, White claimed "the extraordinary ramifications of this case on the people of Washington County more than …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Some lawmakers said they would support a local impact fee while others scoffed at bill recently introduced by state Rep. Jesse White.
Residents in places such as Cecil Township experience all the inconvenience of Marcellus Shale drilling: Noise, dust and the added taxpayer expense of solicitor fees from drawing up drilling ordinances. And while township Manager Don Gennuso said he didn't get a chance to sift through all the details of a bill introduced by state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, he agrees with the concept in theory (see attached PDF for a breakdown of how the fee would be distributed). "The (fee) should go to the local communities that are impacted the most," he said. Peters Township Manager Michael Silvestri agreed, saying he supports the bill. "I would support any bill that provides funding to municipalities for impacts of gas drilling and that does not tie …