Fighting Back Against Spotted Lanternfly

Mar. 22, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

With more than half of Pennsylvania’s counties, including Luzerne County, now in a quarantine zone due to infestation by spotted lanternfly, the state Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension are again encouraging all of us to be on the lookout for the invasive insect.

Attention Pennsylvania Employers: How Can We Help?

Mar. 08, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Majority Policy Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is seeking input from small business owners in our region and across the state for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Business Survey it launched last month. The goal is to gather feedback for use by our Economic Recovery Task Force as it works to develop and implement policies to restore the Commonwealth’s struggling economy.

Lawmakers Discuss COVID-19 Challenges for Schools, Students

Mar. 01, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The House Education Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives met last week to discuss the ongoing challenges facing schools and students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first hearing focused on elementary and secondary education, while the second hearing highlighted the challenges for higher education.

Toohil Troubled by Department of Aging’s Actions to Block Release of COVID-19 Deaths at Pennsylvania Nursing Home

Feb. 23, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) was troubled to learn the Pennsylvania Department of Aging took action to block the release of documents to a federally empaneled grand jury looking into an unusually high rate of COVID-19 related deaths at a nursing home in western Pennsylvania. The revelation from Secretary of Aging Robert Torres came to light during state budget hearings conducted by the House Appropriations Committee currently underway in Harrisburg.

Stay Alert for Unemployment Fraud

Feb. 22, 2021 /

State officials are again urging everyone to be alert to potential fraud in the wake of additional federal unemployment program funding, which has prompted increased attempts by scammers to steal people’s personal information.

Toohil Troubled by Latest Vaccine Snafu

Feb. 18, 2021 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s announcement that tens of thousands of second doses of the Moderna vaccine were recently administered as first doses by mistake, resulting in a vaccination delay for more than 100,000 Pennsylvania residents.