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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Miller's Energy Savings Bill Passes House
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Legislation that would allow state agencies to test experimental energy-saving technologies without using taxpayer dollars was passed by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday. Under House Bill 1672 companies could pay to field-test their product on government buildings or equipment, and the Department of General Services could choose to procure systems that prove to increase energy efficiency. Bill sponsor Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) said the government can serve as a test-bed for companies with innovative ideas. House Bill 1672 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Miller Comments on House Tourism Committee Hearing on His Hotel Room Tax Bill
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Legislation that would allow certain counties to increase their Hotel Room Tax from 3% to 5% was the topic of discussion at recent hearing held by the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee. The Committee heard testimony from industry experts on the need to ensure that room tax revenues are used in promoting tourism in the Commonwealth. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), prime sponsor of House Bill 1486, said lawmakers need to support legislation that will help bring visitors to Pennsylvania. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Miller’s Water Well Standards Bill Approved by Committee
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Legislation to put statewide standards in place for the construction of water wells in Pennsylvania was approved recently by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Committee Chairman and bill sponsor Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) said the establishment of well construction standards would help to protect the states’ valuable ground water resources from possible contamination. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Miller Says "Marcellus Works" Bills Will Boost the Use of Natural Gas as a Vehicle Fuel in PA
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A fleet of vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas visited the state capitol on Wednesday to call attention to recent legislation designed to promote the use of domestically produced natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Pennsylvania. The “Marcellus Works” package of bills now moving through the House would encourage commercial fleet owners to begin the transition to using natural gas from the new Marcellus Shale formation as a primary fuel. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) said that switching to natural gas as a vehicle fuel would benefit the environment, while liberating the country from the grip of foreign oil. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Miller Comments on House Passage of His Farm Inspection Legislation
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Legislation designed to ease inspection requirements for county farmland preservation programs received unanimous approval by the State House last week. The bill would allow preserved farmland to be inspected for compliance every two years rather than annually, and would eliminate expensive certified mail requirements, except in cases of non-compliance. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), prime sponsor of House Bill 84, said that this is a win for both farmers and county governments across the Commonwealth. Miller’s bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Ron Miller Comments on Distribution of Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Revenue
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Governor Corbett has announced that impact fee revenues from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling will be distributed to counties and municipalities across the state earlier than expected. More than $200 million will be allocated to local governments to offset drilling infrastructure costs and fund environmental programs. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) said the impact fee has been successful, providing funds to counties across the Commonwealth. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Ron Miller Comments on House Passage of State Budget Bill
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The Pennsylvania House has passed state budget legislation for the upcoming fiscal year. The $27.7 Billion plan increases spending by $370 Million without any new taxes or fees. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) said lawmakers held the line on spending, and promoted economic development in this budget. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Miller Says Legislation to Insure the Solvency of PA’s Unemployment Compensation Fund is Now on Its Way to Becoming Law
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Legislation to ensure the fiscal health of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation fund has received final approval from the state House and will now move on to the governor’s desk for his signature. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) chairman of the House Labor Relations Committee, said the bill would use low interest bonds to bail out the state’s unemployment compensation fund and offer lower payments to Pennsylvania employers who now owe billions to the federal government. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Ron Miller Comments on Committee Passage of Keystone Works Legislation
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Legislation that would match those who are out of work with employers who are willing to provide training for prospective employees has been approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee. Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) said the Keystone Works Program would allow employers to train potential employees with the specific skills they would need, while the workers retain their unemployment benefits. House Bill 1539 now moves to the full House for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Miller Comments on Lawsuit to Overturn State's School Funding Formula
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In an effort to correct inequities in the Commonwealth’s funding mechanism for school districts, a group of legislators, including Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) are planning to file a lawsuit to have the state’s 1991 education funding formula overturned. Rep. Miller said the state must go back to a system that relates funding with the number of students in a school district. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.