Legislative Tally

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:


The Senate voted 54-44 to pass the joint Continuing Appropriations Resolution as amended, a temporary federal funding measure. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor while U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted against it.


The House voted 198-0 to amend The Fiscal Code, further providing for the Department of Public Welfare. Voting in favor were state Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, Garth Everett, R-Muncy, Michael Hanna, D-Lock Haven, and Matthew Baker, R-Wellsboro.

The House voted 142-56 to amend the Public

Welfare Code, further providing for verification of eligibility. Voting in favor were state Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and the bill’s prime sponsor Matthew Baker, R-Wellsboro. State Rep. Michael Hanna, D-Lock Haven, voted against it.

The Senate voted 47-0 to amend The Insurance Company Law of 1921, further providing for definitions for children’s health care and for expiration. Voting in favor were state Sens. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joseph Scarnati, R-Brockway.


The Lycoming County commissioners approved the 2012 municipal recycling program performance grant application to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Voting in favor were Jeff Wheeland, Tony Mussare and Ernie Larson.


The Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority voted 9-0 to raise water rates from $4.95 per 1,000 gallons to $5.40 per 1,000 gallons of usage, or about $24 per year more for the average household. Those voting in favor of the increase were: William Nichols Sr., Thomas Frazier, William Ertel, Matthew Rebeck, Johnny Meyer, Eiderson Dean, Dr. Marshall Welch, Thomas Marnon and George Bierman. Member Steven W. Cappelli was absent.

City Council, by a 4-3 vote on first reading, amended a $20 million bond ordinance by increasing the size by $600,000, $900,000 less than what the administration requested in an original bond ordinance. Voting in favor were Council President Bill Hall, Don Noviello, Bonnie Katz, Randall J. Allison. Voting no were N. Clifford “Skip” Smith, Liz Miele and Jonathan Williamson.

School District

Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 8-0 to approve the creation of district Facebook and Twitter accounts for sharing district information. Voting in favor were board members Shelley Helm, Harry Brungard, Robert Pryor, Heather Williamson, Denise Smith, Harry Miller, Loren Koch and Karen Stover. Board member Craig Allen was absent from the meeting.