HARRISBURG – As one of the strongest child-protection advocates in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) plans to introduce legislation to create a special state commission that would make recommendations for improving Pennsylvania’s child welfare system.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week continued its work to help the Commonwealth recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with the passage of several bills aimed at supporting employers, schools and more.
HARRISBURG – The House Government Oversight Committee, co-chaired by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), today unanimously adopted a report on its investigation into the purchase of firearms by the Office of State Inspector General (OSIG).
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced it will resume outdoors programming at state parks and expand occupancy limits within park and state forest buildings effective Sunday, April 4.
Luzerne County residents at risk of eviction or loss of utility service due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
HARRISBURG – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) that would offer state assistance to the babies of new mothers struggling with postpartum depression (PPD) was overwhelmingly approved by the House Children and Youth Committee today. House Bill 200 now moves to the full House for consideration.
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.
Restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses in our region can now apply for financial assistance through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).
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.
State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., hosted a virtual forum on Friday bringing more than 80 stakeholders together to discuss the proposal, which would put tolls on bridges over the Nescopeck Creek and Lehigh River as soon as 2023.
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.
HAZLETON – In an effort to keep the business community informed, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) hosted a virtual forum today to discuss the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) proposal to toll nine interstate bridges across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – As a living organ donor and strong advocate for organ donation in Pennsylvania, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) co-hosted a webinar for legislators and nephrologists with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) on Thursday.
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.
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.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today expressed caution about Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to toll interstate highway bridges and the negative impact it could have on economic growth in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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.
The Pennsylvania Treasury is currently holding on to $3.8 billion in unclaimed property, and some of it could be yours!
HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently experiencing mild symptoms.
Senior citizens and people with disabilities eligible for the Pennsylvania’s 2020 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program can now file for their rebates online at www.mypath.pa.gov.