Allegheny, Washington County Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Bill to Address Access to Public Records during Disaster Emergency

Jul. 22, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Republican members from Allegheny and Washington counties today expressed outrage at Gov. Tom Wolf’s statements that he plans to veto a government transparency bill (House Bill 2463) that addresses access to public records during a disaster declaration and received unanimous support from the Legislature. In response, Reps. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington), Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland), Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette), Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington), Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny), Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) and Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) issued the following statement:

Gaydos Issues Statement on Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Vote

Jul. 08, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 2025, which would require legislative approval before Pennsylvania could impose a carbon tax on electric generation, manufacturing or other industries operating in the Commonwealth, or enter into any multi-state program, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), that would impose such a tax.

Gaydos Votes to Terminate Gov. Wolf’s Emergency Declaration

Jun. 09, 2020 /

“By terminating this declaration, we are by no means proclaiming that the coronavirus is eradicated,” Gaydos continued. “What we are doing is standing up for our state’s businesses and putting an end to the harmful restrictions that have cost countless Pennsylvanians their livelihoods.”

Gaydos Demands Greater Transparency from Secretary Levine, Department of Health

May. 20, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) has asked House Health Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) to schedule a public hearing to demand greater transparency from the Department of Health with respect to the inputs and criteria used by the governor and the department in making decisions regarding COVID-19. Chairman Rapp has confirmed a hearing will be scheduled in the near future.

Speaker Turzai, Members of the Allegheny County Delegation Ask Secretary of Health to Allow Hospitals to Open in Allegheny County

Apr. 27, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, joined by members of the Allegheny County House delegation, sent the attached letter to Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, requesting she allow hospitals and health systems in the Allegheny County area to reopen to allow for the treatment of COVID-19 patients as well as the pre-planned, medically necessary surgeries that are currently being prevented.

Gaydos Suspends Walk-In Services Over COVID-19 Concerns

Mar. 16, 2020 /

MOON TOWNSHIP – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today announced that, effective immediately, her district office in Moon Township will suspend walk-in constituent services until further notice due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Gaydos Announces More Than $350K in School Safety Grants

Feb. 27, 2020 /

MOON TOWNSHIP — Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today announced the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $356,450 in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts in the 44th Legislative District, including Avonworth, Moon Area, West Allegheny and Quaker Valley School Districts.

Gaydos Discusses Association Health Plan Legislation Before Insurance Committee TODAY

Jan. 21, 2020 /

WHAT: An informational meeting of the House Insurance Committee on H.B. 2200 (Gaydos), providing a mechanism for employers to join together and negotiate for discounted health insurance coverage in the same way large businesses purchase group insurance benefits. This would reduce costs for small businesses and help employers attract and retain a talented workforce.

Lawmakers, Advocates Highlight Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

Jan. 17, 2020 /

WHAT: A press conference to detail and answer questions about a package of bills to fight human trafficking. The package is designed to guarantee the safety of victims, protect their privacy and make it safer for them to testify against their abusers. Since 2007, there have been more than 1,200 human trafficking cases in the Commonwealth.

Lawmakers Unveil Bipartisan Bills to Fight Medicaid Fraud and Abuse

Jan. 13, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – To ensure taxpayer dollars are used to fund the priorities of Pennsylvanians and not being used fraudulently or misspent, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro to unveil a comprehensive plan to guarantee funding is being used on the people who truly need assistance.