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UPDATE: It passed!

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 20, 2014

The House was in session today. At this time, I haven’t seen a report about what was done. We sent over a number of bills last week for concurrence and hope that they were scheduled and received a majority vote. … Read more>

Keep your fingers crossed

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 19, 2014

The papers today had almost exclusively two story lines, the gubernatorial campaign and the email scandal. Most of the email stories were focused on the PA Supreme Court, but rehashed the others implicated. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille really … Read more>

It’s always a nice affair

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 18, 2014

I went to my men’s fellowship this morning, but left early to get to a speaking engagement in Gettysburg. It was the PA State Association of Boroughs Fall Leadership Conference. I was joined by Senator Mike Folmer and Rep. Will … Read more>

This has to be stopped

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 17, 2014

This week we faced two preemption issues. I spoke last night about the 2nd Amendment, the other issue was employment law. Local government entities are enacting ordinances that are beyond their scope of authority. In this case, the City of … Read more>

Contact your House member if you think they don’t respect the constitution

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 16, 2014

Today was our last scheduled session day this year. We finished the agenda, which was mostly concurrence votes, this afternoon since the big floor fights happened over the past two days. Last night we amended a bill to include preemption … Read more>

We got the vote on the record

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 15, 2014

It was another day of floor votes that went late into the evening. We had some good and bad outcomes. We finally had a vote on paycheck protection language in the form of an amendment to a school code bill. … Read more>

The climate is politically charged

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 14, 2014

I’m writing this from the floor of the Senate. It’s after 10:00 and we’re still voting on bills and amendments. We have several bills to go and any of them could be controversial. It looks like tomorrow is our last … Read more>

They stand to lose money on any deviation

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 13, 2014

Happy Columbus Day! I enjoyed my time with the Fulton County Township Officials this morning. They always have a big turnout for their conference and today was no exception. I gave a report on legislation that was passed this session … Read more>

They do a lot with a little, especially these days

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 12, 2014

This was one of those days where I had numerous problems getting things done. It all started when my truck broke down after church. I managed to get the grass mowed and finished painting the tailgate of the truck plus … Read more>

Both are open tomorrow if you get a chance to go

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 11, 2014

Yesterday I visited two events in Sinking Valley, an 18th Century “Marketfaire” at Fort Roberdeau and “Rifle Frolic” at the Altoona Rifle and Pistol Club. The Rifle Frolic had a shooting contest for elected officials and I won, by default. … Read more>