The following votes were taken last week by state legislators from central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

ACT 47

House Bill 1773 would create an exit strategy for municipalities in the state recovery program for fiscally distressed municipalities. The House approved the measure 156-42 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.

Voting yes: Reps. Rosemary Brown, R-189, Middle Smithfield Twp.; Frank Farina, D-115, Jessup; Neal Goodman, D-123, Mahanoy City; Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor; Jerry Knowles, R-124, Tamaqua; Sandra Major, R-111, Montrose; Gerald Mullery D-119, Newport Twp.; Phyllis Mundy, D-120, Kingston; Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre; Mike Peifer, R-139, Greene Twp.; Mario Scavello, R-176, Mount Pocono; Mike Tobash, R-125, Pottsville.

Voting no: Reps. Matt Baker, R-68, Wellsboro; Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake; Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca; Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, Rockefeller Twp.; Marty Flynn, D-113, Scranton; Doyle Heffley, R-122, Lower Towamensing Twp.; Kurt Masser, R-107, Ralpho Twp.; Tina Pickett, R-110, Towanda; Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp.

Did not vote: Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-112, Dunmore.


House Bill 1728 would authorize schools to post the motto "In God We Trust" and the Bill of Rights in school buildings. The House approved the measure 172-24 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.

Voting yes: Reps. Baker, Boback, Brown, Culver, Farina, Flynn, Goodman, Heffley, Kavulich, Knowles, Major, Masser, Mullery, Pashinski, Peifer, Pickett, Scavello, Tobash, Toohil.

Voting no: Reps. Carroll, Mundy.

Did not vote: Rep. Haggerty.


House Bill 112 would set tougher penalties for the offense of sexual assault by a sports official and for the murder of a child. The Senate approved the measure 45-1 and sent it to the House for concurrence on amendments.

Voting yes: Sens. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp.; John Blake, D-22, Archbald; Lisa Boscola, D-18, Bethlehem Twp.; Pat Browne, R-16, Allentown; John Gordner, R-27, Berwick; Gene Yaw, R-23, Williamsport; John Yudichak, D-14,Plymouth Twp.

Did not vote: Sen. David Argall, R-29, Tamaqua.

Compiled by The Times-Shamrock Harrisburg Bureau