Roll Call: Sunday, March 24, 2013
HARRISBURG - The following votes involving legislators from central and northeastern Pennsylvania took place this past week at the Capitol:
LIQUOR: House Bill 790 would replace the state-owned liquor stores with private wine and spirits licensees. The House approved the measure 105-90 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Reps. Matt Baker, R-68, Wellsboro; Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake; Rosemary Brown, R-189, Middle Smithfield Twp.; Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, 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: 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.
DIP: House Bill 421 would bar someone who voluntarily leaves employment to maintain eligibility for retirement benefits from collecting state unemployment benefits. The House approved the measure 194-0 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Reps. Baker, Boback, Brown, Carroll, Culver, Farina, Flynn, Goodman, Haggerty, Heffley, Kavulich, Knowles, Major, Masser, Mullery, Mundy, Pashinski, Peifer, Pickett, Scavello, Tobash, Toohil
CHARITY: Senate Bill 4 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the Legislature authority to determine what is a purely public charity. The Senate approved the measure 30-20 and sent it to the House. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Sens. David Argall, R-29, Tamaqua; Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp.; John Blake, R-22, Archbald; Pat Browne, R-16, Allentown; John Gordner, R-27, Berwick; Gene Yaw, R-23, Williamsport; John Yudichak, D-14, Nanticoke.
Voting no: Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18, Bethlehem Twp.
HEALTH: Senate Bill 5 would create a state grant program for community-based health care clinics, a budget proposal of Gov. Tom Corbett. The Senate approved the measure 50-0 and sent it to the House. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Sens. Argall, Baker, Blake, Boscola, Browne, Gordner, Yaw, Yudichak.
(Compiled by The Times-Shamrock Harrisburg Bureau)