Since the 2008 recession, Pennsylvanians have watched their communities shrink in population and businesses and factories that were once staples of family-sustaining jobs close. Since 1991, our Commonwealth has ranked near the bottom of the list of states in job growth. A major contributing factor to this issue centers on the ability to keep young adults in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – The House Labor and Industry Committee on Tuesday approved Rep. Torren Ecker’s (R-Adams/Cumberland) House Bill 1522 to modernize requirements for junior firefighters.
ABBOTTSTOWN – As part of efforts to address staffing issues in the volunteer fire service and to spur the next generation of firefighters, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) introduced House Bill 1522 to modernize requirements for junior firefighters.
HARRISBURG – The House approved House Bill 1021, part of a two-bill package, introduced by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to allow the House and Senate to take a more active role in legal proceedings when a law is challenged as being unconstitutional.
HARRISBURG - With more than 2.5 million Pennsylvania workers employed by small businesses, the House approved a resolution by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to honor this key component of the Commonwealth’s economy.
HARRISBURG – Currently, whenever a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state statute is filed, the attorney general’s office receives a formal notice. No such notice is required to be delivered to the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – A bill authored by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) which adds strangulation to the Crimes Code and Domestic Relations Code to a list of applicable “crimes of violence” passed the House today.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) and Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) to require that the General Assembly receive notification of cases challenging state statutes has been formally introduced. Currently, the Attorney General is the sole receiver of formal notice of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a state statute. The legislation also expands current law to allow either the House of Representatives or the Senate, or both, to choose to participate as parties in such lawsuits.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that Apple Valley Creamery in East Berlin will receive a grant of $427,474 from the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program (PDIP) to design and build a new dairy processing facility located in Reading Township.
Since I have taken office, I have had the privilege to meet with numerous job creators and higher education institutions in Adams and Cumberland counties that are striving to work together to ensure better workforce training and placement opportunities.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that South Middleton Township will receive a grant of $500,000 from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for a streetscape improvement project located in Cumberland County.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that local fire companies and EMS services in Adams and Cumberland counties will receive grants from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. The grants are funded through state gaming proceeds and applications are still open until the end of May.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that he has been appointed to serve as the secretary of the House Game and Fisheries Committee. Ecker currently serves as a member on the House Children and Youth, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary, Labor and Industry and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) praised the House passage of legislation authored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks), that amends the Pennsylvania Liquor Code’s definition of “Alcoholic Cider” to be a beverage made only through alcoholic fermentation of apples or pears. Currently, the definition permits products to be made through alcoholic fermentation of any fruit or fruit juice.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to ensure that the offense of strangulation is as fully incorporated into our body of laws as other similarly violent and threatening offenses has formally been introduced.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) is advising residents in Adams and Cumberland counties that several Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) projects are scheduled to begin in March.
A very common issue I hear from constituents is the workforce needs of employers in Adams and Cumberland counties. Employers are starving for reliable workers and are willing to train new hires to give them the skills needed for the job. However, these opportunities will be diminished with a government-mandated wage hike.
HARRISBURG – Members of the Adams-York House Republican delegation - Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Mike Jones (R-York Township), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) and Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg) – issued this statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal, which calls for $1.4 billion in increased spending:
ABBOTTSTOWN – As he begins his first term in public office, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) will be kicking off the first of three community outreach events on Feb. 13 at his district office in Abbottstown. Below is the schedule for the events:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) has been assigned to serve on five committees during the 2019-20 legislative session: Children and Youth, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary, Labor and Industry, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.