John's Blog

Thanks to the members and staff for all of their work on these important bills

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 29, 2017

I didn’t have room to mention last evening that I attended the Tuscarora Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner at Whitetail Ski Resort.  It was a very nice event, and, I’m told, the first event in the new banquet room on the … Read more>

As long as it is necessary, we will

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 28, 2017

I was remiss last night in not mentioning that the Southern Huntingdon High School band and chorus performed at the capitol yesterday.  I was tied up in a meeting and missed the band, but saw the chorus; they were excellent … Read more>

Last year, we ran out of time

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 27, 2017

We passed my Fish and Boat Commission bill through the Senate today.  This bill would allow the Commission to set their own license fees.  Currently, they have to come to the legislature and ask for a bill to change any … Read more>

We’d still be using town criers

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 26, 2017

Again, not much in the Sunday papers regarding state government.  I was involved in a couple of conversations last week regarding legislation that has been around for several sessions, changing where local governments do their legal advertising.  Current state law … Read more>

Our 2nd Amendment rights are alive and well

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 25, 2017

The weather was great today, mid 60’s, and the rain held off.  I got some office work done, mostly reading things that accumulated over the past week.  I’m way behind on emails, in case anyone has been waiting for a … Read more>

There aren’t many currently

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 24, 2017

I drove to Plum, PA, outside of Pittsburgh, this morning for a PlanCon Advisory Committee Hearing.  We listened to five school superintendents, an architect, and a school board member talk about their experiences in school construction and any recommendations they … Read more>

I’m impressed!

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 23, 2017

Had meetings most of the day, including one by phone: my first PHEAA board meeting.  I met with a group of school superintendents this morning to discuss an array of issues important to them and their schools.  I picked up … Read more>

An opportunity to see the facility and speak with the staff and students

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 22, 2017

I had my meeting with the state president of the NAACP this morning.  She brought along the presidents of the Philadelphia and Harrisburg chapters.  We had a good discussion about many education issues and could have continued to talk for … Read more>

A very difficult time defending himself against these charges

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 21, 2017

Another long day with two committee meetings, session, caucus, office appointments, a dinner, and other commitments.  The big news everyone was talking about this afternoon wasn’t anything from inside the capitol, it was the indictment of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth … Read more>

I never thought of it quite that way

Posted by Patrick Schurr | March 20, 2017

The ESSA hearing was interesting this morning.  We picked up a lot of information, some contradictory to what the Dept. of Ed is proposing.  This is the first of several hearings and meetings on the subject, so stay tuned.  The … Read more>