My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. James Comments on Report about the Impact of the Domestic Petroleum Production Industry on PA’s Economy - 5/10/2017
Penn Grade Crude Coalition released a report Tuesday in Harrisburg about the huge economic impact of the conventional oil and gas industry in the Commonwealth. Lawmakers and industry representatives praised the report as the first in-depth analysis of the full economic impact of the conventional shallow well drilling and production industry, founded in Pennsylvania more than 150 years ago. Rep. Lee James (R-Venango & Butler), a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Oil and Gas Caucus, attended the event and offered comments on the significance of the report.
James Comments on Governor's Budget Address - 2/7/2017
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan with no new major taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. House Republicans were encouraged by the Governor’s decision to work with lawmakers to explore several cost-saving measures in order to balance the budget.
James Comments on New Law Reforming Unemployment Compensation System in PA - 11/3/2016
Legislation designed to ensure that thousands of the Commonwealth’s seasonal workers are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits was recently signed into law by Gov. Wolf in Harrisburg. Act 144 will also bring significant reform to the unemployment system, strengthening its solvency and bolstering its continued viability. Rep. Lee James (R-Venango & Butler) said this legislation will benefit seasonal workers and the companies that need to retain quality employees, as well as safeguard Pennsylvania against future economic instability.
House Approves Rep. James’ Unemployment Compensation Reform Legislation Sparked by Local Plant Closing - 10/26/2016
The state House this week approved unemployment compensation reform legislation aimed at helping displaced workers, like those who recently lost their jobs at the Joy Global Inc. plant in Franklin. Prime sponsor Rep. Lee James (R-Venango & Butler), said the bill would help to improve the state’s unemployment compensation system by extending the appeals period, giving workers and employers additional time to review and appeal decisions on an unemployment claim.
Rep. James Comments Following Local Hearing on the Growing Drug Epidemic in PA - 8/2/2016
Tackling Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis was the topic of a bipartisan hearing held Monday by state lawmakers in Venango County. The event was the beginning of an eight stop tour across the Commonwealth by members of both the House and Senate to gather testimony from experts about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities. At the conclusion of the tour, the House Policy Committee will make legislative and policy recommendations for the Legislature to consider when it reconvenes this fall for a special session on the opioid crisis. Rep. R. Lee James (R-Venango & Butler) hosted the event said state government is trying to get a handle on what resources need to be marshalled to provide adequate and timely treatment services for those who are suffering from this growing drug addiction crisis.
James Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation - 6/15/2016
Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. The hybrid formula would provide prospective employees with a baseline pension, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000. The change will also help to address the unfunded pension liability currently plaguing the Commonwealth’s Public School Employees (PSERS) and State Employees (SERS) retirement systems. Rep. R. Lee James (R-Venango, Butler) said the House has worked in a bipartisan fashion to address pension liability without robbing those already in the system of their benefits. Senate Bill 1071 now awaits concurrence in the Senate.
Rep. Lee James Legislative Radio Report/Podcast - 6/9/2016
The Legislative Report Program with Rep. Lee James (R-Venango, Butler) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.
Rep. James Legislative Radio Report/Podcast - 3/24/2016
The latest Legislative Report Program with Rep. Lee James (R-Venango, Butler) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.
Rep. James Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address - 2/10/2016
Rep. Lee James (R-Butler & Venango) offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was announced Tuesday 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. James Legislative Radio Report/Podcast - 11/6/2015
A new Legislative Report Program with Rep. Lee James (R-Venango) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.