Property Tax Reform Update

May. 28, 2018 /

Q: I haven’t heard much talk lately about eliminating our school property taxes? Have any bills been introduced in Harrisburg lately related to this issue?

Watch for the Spotted Lanternfly

May. 25, 2018 /

Even though there has been no sign to date of the Spotted Lanternfly in Luzerne County, state officials are urging residents to be vigilant and watch for the highly-invasive insect.

Watch for the Spotted Lanternfly

May. 21, 2018 /

Even though there has been no sign to date of the Spotted Lanternfly in Luzerne County, state officials are urging residents to be vigilant and watch for the highly-invasive insect.

State Program Provides Free Produce to Area Seniors, Says Toohil

May. 17, 2018 /

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.

Helping First-Time Homebuyers

May. 14, 2018 /

Legislation is moving through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would help state residents realize the dream of home ownership. The toughest part for many prospective homebuyers is taking the first step, and House Bill 1981 would enable them to do just that.

Welfare Reform Bill Would Establish Work Requirements

May. 07, 2018 /

We all know someone who is dealing with a challenge in their lives, be it job loss, illness or injury. Any of these circumstances can happen to anyone at any time, and it is human nature to want to lift people up and get them back on their feet.

Creating a Victims’ Bill of Rights

Apr. 23, 2018 /

Legislation that would create a victims’ bill of rights in Pennsylvania is moving through the General Assembly. I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 1993, which is otherwise known as Marsy’s Law after a tragic case in California.

Public Safety Focus of Committee Hearings

Apr. 16, 2018 /

The House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, is currently holding a series of special public safety hearings in Harrisburg on public safety legislation, including proposals relating to Pennsylvania’s gun laws.

Learn How to Prevent Lyme Disease

Apr. 09, 2018 /

Now that warmer spring weather is on the way, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding residents to take the necessary steps to guard against Lyme disease.

Improving Pennsylvania’s Child Custody Law

Mar. 26, 2018 /

Legislation that would make important changes to Pennsylvania’s child custody law was recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member. Our vote on Senate Bill 844 was unanimous and sends the proposal to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

I-Team: Improving Checks and Balances

Mar. 08, 2018 /

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) - The investigation of the West Hazleton Fire company once again raises questions about what -- if anything can be done-- to prevent possible misuse of funds by non-profits , like fire companies. Legislation has been introduced in Harrisburg in recent years that would mandate certain checks and balances be in place for these groups-- but they've died on the vine.

Trout Stocking Starts Soon in Area Waterways

Feb. 20, 2018 /

To find out when your favorite fishing spot will be stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, check the 2018 stocking schedules, which are now available online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app. Hard copies are available at my district office in Hazleton, located at 1 W. Broad St.

Hemp, lanternflies among topics at farmers’ breakfast

Feb. 12, 2018 /

CONYNGHAM — Area farmers learned about industrial hemp research in the state, the threat of the spotted lanternfly and other issues affecting them at an annual breakfast hosted by state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., at Tom’s County Kitchen on Friday morning.

Mobile Veterans Center to Visit Hazleton Feb. 13, Says Toohil

Feb. 07, 2018 /

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, Feb. 13.