Toohil Applauds Wolf’s Creation of Child Advocate Position

Aug. 07, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order last week that overhauls Pennsylvania’s protective services systems, including the creation of a child advocate position within state government.

Supporting Foster and Adopted Children in PA

Aug. 05, 2019 /

During the current legislative session in the House of Representatives, the House Children and Youth Committee, on which I serve as vice-chair, has made it a priority to focus on policy initiatives that improve Pennsylvania’s foster and adoption systems. I believe these children deserve nothing less.

CALO Awarded $1 Million Grant for Treatment Facility in Foster Township, Announce Toohil, Mullery, Yudichak

Aug. 01, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – CALO, a program that treats the effects of early childhood trauma, today was awarded a $1 million state grant that will go toward construction of a treatment facility in Foster Township, announced Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon). The legislators worked together in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

Lehigh Valley Health Network Awarded $1 Million for Expansion Project in Hazleton, Announce Toohil, Mullery, Yudichak

Aug. 01, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Lehigh Valley Health Network today was awarded a $1 million state grant will go toward a multi-phased expansion project at its Health and Wellness Center in Hazleton, announced Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), who, working together, played a key role in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

New Law Protects Pets Left in Hot Cars

Jul. 29, 2019 /

The recent heat wave can be a death sentence for an animal left unattended in a hot vehicle, where the temperature can reach triple digits in just a matter of minutes. Did you know that Pennsylvania has a new law to help prevent dogs and cats from suffering that kind of abuse?

Toohil’s Adoption Bill Signed into Law

Jul. 11, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Legislation to simplify the process for certain adoptions in Pennsylvania sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) was recently signed into law.

Toohil Supports No-Tax-Hike Budget Bill

Jun. 26, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues in passing the 2019-20 state budget proposal on Tuesday. House Bill 790 increases education funding to historic levels while keeping spending growth in line with the rate of inflation and without raising taxes or fees for hard-working Pennsylvania residents.

Funding Pennsylvania’s Road and Bridge Projects

Jun. 24, 2019 /

I sometimes use this weekly column to answer your questions about matters relating to state government or any issue of concern. This week’s question deals with state funding for road and bridge projects.

Beware of Financial Aid Scams Targeting Students

Jun. 17, 2019 /

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is warning students and borrowers to be wary of financial aid scams that could expose them to identity theft and significant financial loss.

Explore Summertime Fun in Pennsylvania

Jun. 10, 2019 /

Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summertime fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide is a great tool to help you plan. The guide is available online at www.visitpa.com.

Free Produce Available to Area Seniors through State Program

Jun. 03, 2019 /

Eligible seniors living in the 116th Legislative District to take advantage of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture program that provides vouchers worth $20 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

Free Produce Available to Area Seniors through State Program, Says Toohil

May. 29, 2019 /

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is encouraging eligible seniors living in the 116th Legislative District to take advantage of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture program that provides vouchers worth $20 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

Boback, Toohil Push for Passage of Foster Care Legislation

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The challenges faced by young people as they age out of foster care was the focus of an informational hearing conducted by the House Children and Youth Committee today. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming), who chairs the committee, and Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who serves as committee vice chair, also held a news conference with stakeholders to discuss legislation that would make improvements to Pennsylvania’s foster care system.

Boback, Toohil to Discuss Foster Care Legislation at Capitol News Conference

May. 13, 2019 /

WHAT: House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Vice Chairman Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a news conference to discuss legislation that would improve Pennsylvania’s foster care system. Boback’s measure, House Bill 856, would reinstate the extension of permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies. Toohil’s proposal, House Bill 1326, would create a program to help foster care youth with obtaining driver’s education, training and costs associated with maintaining an auto insurance policy. House Bill 1276, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin), would create a program to assist foster care youth with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.

Goal of Bill Package is to “Energize PA”

May. 06, 2019 /

This week, I joined some of my colleagues in the House of Representatives at a Capitol news conference to unveil the Energize PA bill package, which is designed to put more Pennsylvania residents to work without imposing new fees or taxes.