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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Address Illegal Immigration Issues

Mar. 23, 2016  Download

Three pieces of legislation designed to address problems arising from an influx of illegal immigrants in Pennsylvania have been introduced in Harrisburg. Lawmakers introduced bills to tackle issues regarding sanctuary cities, employment, and public benefit distribution. House Bill 1894 would require all Commonwealth employers to confirm workers’ Social Security Numbers through the federal E-Verify program, ensuring employees are eligible to work. House Bill 1885 would force municipalities that operate as “Sanctuary Cities” for illegal immigrants to take responsibility for illegals’ criminal actions. And House Bill 237 would prevent those who are here illegally from collecting public benefits.

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Rep. Warner Comments on Passage of a Supplemental Funding Bill to Complete the 2015-16 State Budget

Mar. 17, 2016  Download

Lawmakers took action Wednesday in the state capitol to provide essential funding for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unresolved due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as corrections and agriculture programs. The supplemental budget bill approved by the House and Senate would address the funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding. The legislation provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education lines, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will be forced to close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette & Westmoreland) said it is well past time to complete the state budget and he hopes the governor will stop holding schools hostage and sign the legislation.

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Warner Comments on House Passage of Medical Marijuana Bill

Mar. 17, 2016  Download

Lawmakers in Harrisburg took the next step toward legalization of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania on Wednesday with the passage of an amended version of Senate Bill 3, which would allow for the use of cannabis in order to treat specific ailments. The legislation outlines how marijuana-related organizations will be regulated, and establishes an advisory board charged with reviewing Commonwealth law related to the production and distribution of prescription cannabis Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette, Westmoreland) said he supported the bill and hopes that this will help reduce prescription painkiller addiction. Senate Bill 3 now returns to the Senate for concurrence of the amendments made by the House.

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Rep. Warner Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address

Feb. 10, 2016  Download

Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette & Westmoreland) 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.