House Committee Approves James’ Bill Sparked by Local Plant Closing

Mar. 13, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The state House Labor and Industry Committee today approved an unemployment compensation reform bill introduced by Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) that aims to help unemployed workers like those who lost their jobs at the Joy Global Inc. plant in Franklin in 2016.

James Says Governor’s Budget Proposal Misses Mark

Feb. 05, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) today issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate, where he proposed more than doubling the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 and enacting a new tax specifically on natural gas harvested in Pennsylvania:

James Appointed to Powerful House Appropriations Committee

Feb. 04, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Local residents will have a louder voice in the debate about state spending after state Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) recently was appointed to serve on the powerful and prestigious House Appropriations Committee. The committee plays a key role in developing the Commonwealth’s annual spending plan.

James Announces Funding to Secure Disused Oil Wells

Sep. 18, 2018 /

SENECA – Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) today announced that the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is the recipient of a $20,624 Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging (OAWP) Program grant to close two oil wells in the Tippery Meadows Natural Area Preserve in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

PennDOT’s Potential Proposal Precipitates Petition

Mar. 14, 2018 /

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Local Lawmakers Pleased Clarion University Can Help with Opioid Crisis

Jul. 12, 2017 /

HARRISBURG – Reps. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Lee James (R-Venango/Butler), both members of the Clarion University Council of Trustees, along with Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango/Butler) today applauded the efforts of the university to respond to the state’s growing opioid epidemic by implementing a new certificate program for recovery specialists.