John's Blog

Before Friday at midnight

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 26, 2016

News circulated yesterday that Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf was recusing himself from handling and voting on the statute of limitations bill because the law firm where he is a partner is handling a case involving the Catholic Church. Although … Read more>

Not surprised if some are part of the final deal

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 25, 2016

We’re getting some of our schedule in for next week and there’s a lot on the agenda. In addition to the financial pieces of the budget, any bill that is part of a deal is being pushed through the General … Read more>

Doesn’t mean that it was unfair

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 24, 2016

I have seen misleading information about the hearing held on the statute of limitations bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing has been characterized as being stacked against the retroactivity provision in the bill. This was not the case. … Read more>

Increases will be passed on to consumers

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 23, 2016

The House and Senate members drove home today as leadership and staff work through issues surrounding the budget. It appears that we’re close to an agreement, but until we’re there, anything can happen. As costs increase from year to year, … Read more>

Unless leadership stops it now

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 22, 2016

The Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Committee passed the “Bathroom Bill” pertaining to housing today, and amended it in committee to include the provisions of the employment bill, which is still in the Labor and Industry Committee. This has not … Read more>

Let us all remember who supports killing viable babies

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 21, 2016

Congratulations to Rep. Kathy Rapp for getting her bill, HB 1948, through the House today with a bipartisan vote of 132 to 65. This is the first Pro-Life bill of this session and is a no-brainer for people of any … Read more>

Could have far reaching implications

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 20, 2016

There were two significant Supreme Court cases today. First, the bad news. The court handed down yet another “single subject rule” decision. This time it affected a bill the Senate amended to preempt local governments as they passed ordinances to … Read more>

How law-abiding Americans were the villains in this situation, I don’t understand

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 19, 2016

Happy Father’s Day! Hope everyone had some time with their dad or their children. Johnny called and we had a long talk; I miss him not being here. The papers had a few articles about their surprise that the budget … Read more>

Let me say very directly, I agree

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 18, 2016

I was back in Cumberland County this morning for a breakfast and meeting, then Charlotte and I attended a wedding and reception for friends of ours this afternoon and evening. I spoke with folks about issues all day; they were … Read more>

Hope to be asked back next year

Posted by Patrick Schurr | June 17, 2016

I’m thinking about putting up a sign in our kitchen like those seen at factory gates across America, “Days Accident Free ___.”  Unfortunately, we’re still at the “Hours Free” stage.  But Oakley is doing better as time goes by, and … Read more>