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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Brown Comments on Governor's Budget Address
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan with no new major taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. House Republicans were encouraged by the Governor’s decision to work with lawmakers to explore several cost-saving measures in order to balance the budget.
Brown's Opioid Addiction Prevention Bill Signed into Law
On Wednesday, a package of legislation designed to arrest the growing opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation will address drug availability and access as well as treatment for those who have become dependent. Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), prime sponsor of House Bill 1699, said her bill will help to prevent overprescription of opioid medication and keep dangerous drugs off the street.
Brown Comments on Opioid Crisis in PA
On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf spoke before a joint session of the General Assembly about Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid and heroin abuse crisis, calling for the legislature to address access and abuse of the drugs, from prescription to disposal.
Rep. Brown Attends PA-HOPE Caucus Rally Calling for Action on Legislation to Address the State’s Drug Addiction Crisis
The PA HOPE (Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education) Caucus, of which Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is a member, held a Day of Hope Rally on Tuesday at the Capitol Rotunda. The purpose of the rally was to call for action on legislation that will ensure Pennsylvanians have better access to high quality prevention and treatment programs for the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Brown said lawmakers are working together this fall to find effective solutions to the public health crisis created by the growing abuse of prescription painkillers and other opioid drugs in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Brown Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction
Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.
Rep. Brown Comments on the Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget
Lawmakers took action Wednesday in the state capitol to provide essential funding for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unresolved due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as money for the Department of Corrections and agriculture programs. The House and Senate put forth the supplemental budget legislation to address funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding for these programs. The funding bill approved today provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe & Pike) said it is past time to complete the budget and provide much needed funding for schools and other critical programs without raising taxes.
Rep. Brown Comments on Governor’s Budget Address
House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.
Rep. Brown Comments on Introduction of a Package of Bills Aimed at Dealing with Opioid Addiction
A package of legislation aimed at dealing with a broad range of problems brought about by the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications in Pennsylvania was recently introduced in Harrisburg. The six bills are the result of a comprehensive review by a legislative task force of the widespread use of opioid drugs and what actions are presently being taken by state agencies, law enforcement, healthcare organizations and addiction service providers. At a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe & Pike) said she has introduced legislation aimed at encouraging emergency room doctors to avoid the over prescription of opioid medications in order to limit the availability of these dangerous drugs.
Rep. Brown Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan
The Pennsylvania House voted to defeat the Governor’s tax increase proposal Wednesday in Harrisburg. The latest version of the tax legislation would have increased the personal income taxes by 16 percent, from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent, and would have levied one of the highest tax rates on the production of natural gas in the nation. House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against the Governor’s tax plan and called for action on a state budget that will balance without increasing the burden on hard-working Pennsylvanians. Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe, Pike) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Brown Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk
In order to help struggling social services and school districts desperate for their subsidies during the current budget impasse, the Pennsylvania House sent an emergency funding package to the governor’s desk on Thursday. The bill includes approximately $11 Billion which represents funding for 1/3rd of the fiscal year – from July through October. The decision on whether or not to release funding for education and critical services now lies solely with Gov. Wolf, who has vowed to reject the funding in his quest for increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian.