Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says he’s working with a group of lawmakers from both parties to introduce a series of bills.
“I’m part of the “No Labels’ organization and we’re going to roll out nine bi-partisan bills. Sponsored by an organization that is comprised of 70 Democrats and Republicans with a Motto of start fixing, stop fighting.”
Fitzpatrick says he’ll be in the lead sponsor of a bill designed to cut in half the amount of money the Federal Government spends on meetings and out of town conferences.
Debate continues in Harrisburg on liquor privatization. Bucks County State Senator, Chuck McIlhinney, unveiled a proposal for liquor sales yesterday. McIlhinney says, there’s fairness for all concerned under his proposal, including people who have beer distributors and other liquor licenses.
“What I heard from is the existing licensees, some currently in the beer business and alcohol business in Pennsylvania and one o the biggest things they are worried about is the value of their license. I believe we can expand and privatize alcohol, utilizing our existing license structure.”
McIlhinney is chair of the law and justice committee, also would make changes to the hours of operations that he believes will benefit licensees.
Starting on September 1st the family members of crime victims in Pennsylvania will be permitted to attend the parole hearing of the offender. The bill, signed by Governor Tom Corbett Tuesday afternoon, was authored by State Rep. Mike Vereb in response to the murder of Ellen Gregory Robb by her husband, Rafael…who received ten years
“This guy served his minimum sentence and got paroled. The Governor intervened and we were able to keep him in prison. Now we fought to get this legislation with expedient time. The bill was introduced in March and passed in the middle of June. It’s a big time up here.”
Ellen’s brother, Gary Gregory says, the law will be a lasting memory to his sister and a triumph for other families.
“Families like ours, victims like others who have experienced horrific crime can meet with the parole board and now have an even footing with the criminals who commit these heinous acts.”
Vereb and Gregory were guests on the AM-Edition Tuesday Morning
Political reporter, Pete De Coursey, the Editor of Capitol Wire.com believes state store reform has a less than 50-percent chance of getting done prior to budget passage at the end of the month. Chuck Mcilhinney of Bucks County unveiled a reform package this week. But De Coursey says two other local senators have been non-committal.
“Senator Tomlinson, Senator Stu Greenleaf who are in the undecided group that put this bill on life support.”
De Coursey was a guest on Wednesday’s Comment Please By Univest Program on WNPV.