Roll Call: Sunday, July 7, 2013
HARRISBURG - The following votes involving legislators from central and northeastern Pennsylvania took place this past week at the Capitol:
BUDGET: House Bill 1437 is the $28.375 billion state budget for fiscal 2013-14. The Senate approved the measure 33-17, the House approved it 111-92 and it was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Sens. David Argall, R-29, Tamaqua; Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp.; Lisa Boscola, D-18, Bethlehem Twp.; Pat Browne, R-16, Allentown; John Gordner, R-27, Berwick; Gene Yaw, R-23, Williamsport; and John Yudichak, D-14, Nanticoke, and Reps. Matt Baker, R-68, Wellsboro; Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake; Rosemary Brown, R-189, Middle Smithfield Twp.; Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-107, Rockefeller Twp.; Doyle Heffley, R-122, Lower Towamensing Twp.; Jerry Knowles, R-124, Tamaqua; Sandra Major, R-111, Montrose; Kurt Masser, R-107, Ralpho Twp.; Mike Peifer, R-139, Honesdale; Tina Pickett, R-110, Towanda; Mario Scavello, R-176, Mount Pocono; Mike Tobash, R-125, Pottsville; Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp.
Voting no: Sen. John Blake, D-22, Archbald, and Reps. Mike Carroll, D-118, Hughestown; Frank Farina, D-115, Jessup; Marty Flynn, D-113, Scranton; Neal Goodman, D-123, Mahanoy City; Kevin Haggerty, D-112, Dunmore; Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor; Gerald Mullery, D-119, Newport Twp.; Phyllis Mundy, D-120, Kingston; Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre.
MEDICAID: House Bill 1075, a welfare bill that doesn't address the matter of establishing guidelines for the expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults in Pennsylvania. The House approved the measure 108-94, the Senate approved it 27-22 and sent it to the governor. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Sens. Argall, Baker, Browne, Gordner, Yaw and Reps. Baker, Boback, Brown, Culver, Heffley, Knowles, Major, Masser, Peifer, Pickett, Scavello, Tobash, Toohil
Voting no: Sens. Blake, Boscola, Yudichak and Reps. Carroll, Farina, Flynn, Goodman, Haggerty, Kavulich, Mullery, Mundy, Pashinski
DPW NAME CHANGE: House Bill 993 would change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services. The House approved the measure 137-65 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Reps. Boback, Carroll, Culver, Farina, Flynn, Goodman, Haggerty, Kavulich, Masser, Mullery, Mundy, Pashinski, Scavello
Voting no: Reps. Baker, Brown, Heffley, Knowles, Major, Peifer, Pickett, Tobash, Toohil .
(Compiled by The Times-Shamrock Harrisburg Bureau)