Week of November 23, 2015
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
Stay Tuned on Elimination of School Property Taxes…
“When we began this bipartisan fight this session to remove the school property tax burden off of property owners, we never said it would be easy. Due to the groundswell of public support and the tireless efforts of thousands of taxpayers advocating for the legislation, we are closer than we have ever been to eliminating school property taxes. Today was supposed to be a full Senate vote to consider the elimination of school property taxes – a proposal drafted by over 80 grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups from across the state. Some minor technical concerns regarding the bill’s implementation have been raised. We agreed to make tweaks to the proposal and have it considered next week by the full Senate.”
Senators Scarnati and Corman Statement on Syrian
“The recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris emphasize the tremendous need for government to do all that we can to protect our citizens from radicals who want to cause harm. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of victims of this senseless violence last week.
“We recognize there are federal regulatory aspects of this issue, however we are greatly troubled that despite the attacks, Governor Wolf will move forward with plans for Syrian refugees to relocate to Pennsylvania without first ensuring a full-scale review of the screening process for these refugees has been conducted.
“We believe the Governor should put the safety and security of Pennsylvania first by encouraging President Obama, our Congressional delegation and the federal government to further strengthen the refugee screening process. Until there is a clear and transparent process in place to screen refugees to ensure terrorists are not able to enter the United States and threaten our freedoms, we should not be allowing Syrian refugees to relocate to Pennsylvania.”
Increased Security Measures for Refugees
The Resolution will “request the President of the United States to direct the Department of Homeland Security to review its security procedures for vetting refugees and to send a report detailing the increased measures to the states that are under consideration to receive refugees.” I have joined Senator Rafferty by co-sponsoring this Resolution.
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