HARRISBURG – Lancaster County state Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) has been elected to serve as the 141st speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a majority vote. He was sworn in to serve out the 2019-20 legislative session.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker’s (R-Adams/Cumberland) legislation to make essential updates to junior firefighter regulations in Pennsylvania is now law.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) earlier today announced his retirement from public service. In response, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Members of the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives representing Cumberland County are pleased to announce they voted to send nearly $23 million in COVID-19 relief to Cumberland County commissioners to distribute to small businesses and organizations adversely affected by the governor’s orders and regulations over the last three months. The delegation, which consists of Reps. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland), Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), Torren Ecker (R-Cumberland/Adams), Dawn Keefer (R-Cumberland/York), Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland); and Sens. Judy Ward (R-30), Mike Regan (R-31) and Doug Mastriano (R-33), issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today approved a responsible, short-term $25.8 billion budget that runs through November. In response, the Republican House delegation from York and Adams counites, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover) and Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday vetoed legislation approved by both chambers of the General Assembly, only to turn around 120 minutes later to enact the same measure by executive fiat.
HARRISBURG – With bipartisan support, the House of Representatives today unanimously approved a bill by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to require Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to retain records created during the COVID-19 emergency declaration for an extended time period.
"I am deeply troubled to learn of Wolf’s plan during a press conference to unilaterally create a new governmental program that has the potential to cost taxpayers millions of dollars without any legislative oversight."
ABBOTTSTOWN – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that he will introduce legislation to immediately reopen florists in Pennsylvania. Ecker issued the following statement on his proposed legislation:
Little did we all know in February when our groundhog predicted an early spring that this year’s spring would be especially dreary. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, and we have all felt some type of anxiety as a result of it. Many fear the real health consequences of the virus because of their age, medical condition or having at-risk family members. Others struggle with the reality that the kitchen table has become the office, classroom and place to eat. Some have been sucked into the endless number of headlines and breaking news stories that send our heads spinning with worry and confusion. However, by far, the most fearful, nervous folks that I have interacted with over the past six weeks are those who do not know when their next paycheck is coming.
HARRISBURG - House Bill 2429, introduced by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) and co-sponsored by Reps. Kate Klunk (R-York) and Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland), passed the House today. Diamond, Klunk and Ecker applaud its passage and urge the Senate to move the bill forward.
HARRISBURG – House Democrats today blocked a measure which would have provided the Wolf administration with necessary COVID-19 testing tools it requested to help protect Pennsylvanians and reopen the state. Southcentral region state legislators, including House Appropriations Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Mike Jones (R-York Township), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill), Sheryl Delozier (R-Lower Allen Township), Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) and Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG - Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) has introduced House Bill 2429, which would grant a waiver to the governor's COVID-19 Business Closure Order to all lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores that can adhere to the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effectively opening them up for in-person operations.
HARRISBURG –The House today approved Senate Bill 613 to require the governor to follow federal guidelines to determine which businesses are considered life-sustaining, bringing parity to the Pennsylvania business community and keeping in line with practices of surrounding states. In response, area House Republican members, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Mike Jones (R-York Township), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill), Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) and Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle) issued the following statement:
Our entire world has been turned upside by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trips to the grocery store are now filled with anxiety and our ability to socialize with loved ones and friends has been curtailed like never before. Despite the uncertainty and fear caused by this pandemic, it has been wonderful to see the American spirit not only remain, but also thrive, especially right here in Adams and Cumberland counties. In the midst of a world that is currently facing struggle and difficulties, I wanted to take a moment to share some stories of positivity happening right here at home.
HARRISBURG – After hearing from local business owners, construction workers and others, members of the House of Representatives from York, Adams and Cumberland counties joined together to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to allow construction projects to be completed and to allow workers to return to job sites. Previously, Wolf included construction on the list of “non-essential” businesses, which put a halt to construction projects in Pennsylvania. In response, the members, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill) and Mike Jones (R-York Township) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Reps. Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced new procedures have been put in place at their district offices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) and Dawn Keefer (R-York/Cumberland) issued the following statement in response to the deaths of 34-year-old Jerome Guise, a firefighter with Citizen Fire Company in Mount Holly Springs, and a woman in a house that was on fire early this morning:
ABBOTTSTOWN – Every school district in the 193rd Legislative District will receive funding through Pennsylvania’s School Safety and Security Grant Program, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced.
ABBOTTSTOWN – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) invites residents of the 193rd Legislative District to attend his free Meet and Greet event at the Apple Bin Grill and Bakery, 674 Arendtsville Road in Biglerville. The event will be held on Thursday, March 5, from 8-9:30 a.m.