I Support Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Apr. 17, 2017 /

Legislation to restore mandatory minimum sentences for drug and gun offenses in Pennsylvania passed recently in the House of Representatives, with my support.

Mobile Veterans Center to Visit Hazleton April 18, Says Toohil

Apr. 11, 2017 /

HAZLETON – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), which provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families, is scheduled to visit Hazleton on Tuesday, April 18.

Raising Awareness about Organ Donation

Apr. 07, 2017 /

This week, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 209, legislation of mine that designated April 2017 as “National Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.

Toohil Hosts Panel Discussion on Her Postpartum Depression Bill

Mar. 31, 2017 /

HAZLETON – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) that would assist new mothers in Pennsylvania who are struggling with postpartum depression and their infants was the focus of a panel discussion she hosted at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton on Thursday.

Restitution Bills Seek to Help Crime Victims

Mar. 31, 2017 /

To make it easier for Pennsylvania crime victims to receive the restitution owed to them, the state House of Representatives recently passed four bills designed to make sure criminals pay their legal obligations.

Toohil Announces State Grant for Water System Improvements in Hazleton

Mar. 29, 2017 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the awarding of a $155,000 state grant for a water system improvement project in Hazleton. Toohil played a key role in securing the funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s small water and sewer grant program.

Toohil to Host Panel Discussion on Postpartum Depression

Mar. 29, 2017 /

WHAT: Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a public panel discussion on postpartum depression and early childhood development. The primary focus will be House Bill 200, legislation Toohil is sponsoring that supports mothers experiencing postpartum depression and their babies. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Raising Awareness about Intellectual Disabilities

Mar. 24, 2017 /

The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution, which I sponsored, that designates the month of March as “Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 132 aims to raise public awareness regarding the support of those individuals with intellectual disabilities and the services that improve their lives.

Mobile Veterans Center to Visit Hazleton Canceled, Says Toohil

Mar. 20, 2017 /

HAZLETON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), which provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families, will not visit Hazleton on Tuesday, March 21, as previously announced, said Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne).

Seeking Money-Saving Solutions

Mar. 20, 2017 /

A new program has been launched in the continuing effort by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to restructure state government and save taxpayer dollars. The initiative, which is called “State Employees Achieving Savings” (SEAS), seeks input from government employees on how the state can rein in spending.

Mobile Veterans Center to Visit Hazleton March 21, Says Toohil

Mar. 13, 2017 /

HAZLETON – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), which provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families, is scheduled to visit Hazleton on Tuesday, March 21.

Free Safety Courses Available for Motorcyclists

Mar. 10, 2017 /

Spring is just around the corner, and that means motorcycle riders will be hitting the road. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) suggests that motorcyclists prepare for the upcoming riding season by taking one of several free training courses that are available through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

Gone Fishin’: Trout Stocking Schedules Available

Mar. 07, 2017 /

Trout season is just around the corner, and local anglers are now able to find out when their favorite stream will be stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The guides are available in print form at my district office in Hazleton, online at the PFBC website and on its FishBoatPA mobile app.

Toohil Demands Reconsideration of Costly Cut to Hazleton Schools

Mar. 02, 2017 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is asking Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to reconsider nearly $613,000 that will be slashed from the Hazleton Area School District’s current budget. The move comes as the result of a change to the state’s basic education funding formula that was implemented last year.

You Could be Eligible for a Property Tax or Rent Rebate

Feb. 24, 2017 /

Application forms for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are available for eligible residents to claim rebates for property taxes or rent payments they made last year.

Noteworthy Legislation Moving Through General Assembly

Feb. 17, 2017 /

The 2017-18 session is just underway in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, but several bills of note are moving quickly through the legislative process. All three bills were unanimously passed by the House last week and sent to the Senate for consideration.

Reforming Pennsylvania’s Adoption Process

Feb. 13, 2017 /

The Children and Youth Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, on which I serve, is committed to opening up more loving homes for young people. With that goal in mind, committee members this week sent a package of bills to the House floor that would reform the state’s adoption process.