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My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Toohil’s No-Fault Divorce Bill Signed Into Law
Legislation designed to reduce the waiting time to obtain a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania has been signed into law. Act 102 shortens the length of the separation period required for a no-fault divorce, and makes Pennsylvania’s divorce law similar to other neighboring states. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), prime sponsor of Act 102, said this change will allow families with children to finalize their new living situations in a more efficient and less turbulent manner.
Rep. Toohil Votes to Reverse Wolf’s Cuts to Education
The Pennsylvania House has passed new fiscal code legislation, restoring funding for more than 400 school districts whose appropriation was cut by the Governor, and bringing an end to the protracted 2015/16 budget cycle. House Bill 1589, which was approved by a veto-proof bipartisan vote of 149-45, will use the equitable funding formula which was unanimously approved by the Education Funding Commission to distribute money to schools in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Toohil Discusses the Financial Fallout of This Year’s Late State Budget with Local School Officials
Administrators from the Northwest Area School District visited lawmakers in the state capitol Tuesday to discuss the financial hardships local schools are suffering due to this year’s late state budget. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) met with the school officials and said she shared their deep concerns about financial challenges facing rural schools and that the timing of their visit will help to build awareness about the need for quick action on a final state spending plan.
Rep. Toohil Vows to Address Problems Regarding Luzerne County Children and Youth Agency
The license for Luzerne County’s Children and Youth Agency has been downgraded following an investigation prompted by the death of a child. A report compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Children, Youth, and Families said the agency “did not appropriately assess the safety and risk of the victim,” and disclosed other regulatory violations and concerns about agency practices. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) said she is going to do everything in her power to make sure children are protected in Luzerne County.
Rep. Toohil Comments on House Action to Move Emergency Funding Legislation to the Governor’s Desk
In order to help struggling social services and school districts desperate for their subsidies during the current budget impasse, the Pennsylvania House sent an emergency funding package to the governor’s desk on Thursday. The bill includes approximately $11 Billion which represents funding for 1/3rd of the fiscal year – from July through October. The decision on whether or not to release funding for education and critical services now lies solely with Gov. Wolf, who has vowed to reject the funding in his quest for increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian. Comments from House floor debate on SB1000 are now available from Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne).
Toohil Comments on House Passage of Legislation to Clarify Background Check Law for Those Who Work With Children
Legislation that would clarify existing law pertaining to background checks for individuals who work or volunteer around children has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. House Bill 1276 would also waive background check fees for all volunteers. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) said that those who volunteer should not have to pay in order to give the gift of their service. House Bill 1276 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Toohil Comments on House Passage of Her Bill to Protect Rights of Rape Victims
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Legislation designed to allow rape victims and children resulting from rape to continue to receive child support payments after the termination of the rapist’s parental rights recently received unanimous approval from the State House. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) said House Bill 410 will allow rape victims to get the support they need without being forced to repeatedly confront their attacker in custody court. House Bill 410 now moves to the Senate for consideration. From Harrisburg… Chuck Nichols Reporting.
Rep. Toohil Comments on Legislative Priorities for New Session
Recently re-elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered on Tuesday in the state capitol to take the oath of office and to begin reorganizing the state’s legislative branch. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) said she looks forward to addressing crime and police issues, as well as tackling property tax relief.
Toohil Cites Employment Gains with Area Manufacturer as Proof Growth Policies are Working
With a strong focus on rebuilding the state’s economy since taking control of the House legislative majority in 2011, House Republicans have developed and enacted pro-growth policies that have created an atmosphere where local manufacturing can thrive. Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Lehighton), Jerry Knowles (R-Tamaqua), Tarah Toohil (R-Hazleton) and Mike Tobash (R-Pottsville) made that point Friday at a press conference at Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation (KME), a Nesquehoning firm that is a global leader in the manufacture of customized specialty trucks and vehicles. Rep. Toohil said she feels government's job is to help connect students and unemployed workers with job creators and to give them the tools they need to be successful in today’s workplace…
House Children and Youth Committee Holds Hearing on Toohil Bill to Benefit Foster Children
Legislation designed to improve the educational environment for children in the foster care system was the topic of a public hearing held by the House Children and Youth Committee recently in Harrisburg. Bill sponsor Rep. Tarah Toohil(R-Luzerne) said House Bill 569 would make it easier to keep children in their current school, and ease the transition when kids must change schools.