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PA House Podcast - Rep. Brown, Nelson & Struzzi discuss Budget Reforms

Jun. 19, 2019  Download

This PA House Podcast presents a roundtable discussion on a package of Budget Reform bills recently approved by the House. The conversation includes Rep. Rosemary Brown of Monroe and Pike Counties, a member of the House Appropriations Committee; Rep. Eric Nelson of Westmoreland County, a businessman and member of the Government Oversight Committee; and Rep. Jim Struzzi of Indiana County, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. These lawmakers are sponsors of legislation designed to reform and improve the budget process in Pennsylvania and avoid many of the problems and pitfalls seen in past state budgets

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Rosemary Brown Says Her Distracted Driving Bill Could Save Lives

Apr. 30, 2019  Download

Pennsylvania’s roadways must be made safer, and legislation that would address distracted driving by mandating usage of “hands-free-only” technology is drawing bipartisan support in Harrisburg. House Bill 37 prime sponsor Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe, Pike) said Pennsylvania needs to join the other states that already ban hand-held cell phone use while driving.

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Rep. Rosemary Brown says Governor and Republican Ideas on Budget Overlap

Feb. 05, 2019  Download

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34.15 billion spending plan represents a nearly 1 billion dollar increase in state spending over last year. House Republicans said the Commonwealth should be focused on controlling spending and the education and development of our workforce..

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Rep. Brown Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal

Feb. 06, 2018  Download

The Governor unveiled his 2018-19 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Governor’s plan calls for $33 Billion in state spending, approximately $1 Billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year.

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Brown Comments on Governor's Budget Address

Feb. 07, 2017  Download

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.

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Brown's Opioid Addiction Prevention Bill Signed into Law

Nov. 02, 2016  Download

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.

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Brown Comments on Opioid Crisis in PA

Sep. 29, 2016  Download

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.

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Rep. Brown Attends PA-HOPE Caucus Rally Calling for Action on Legislation to Address the State’s Drug Addiction Crisis

Sep. 20, 2016  Download

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.

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Rep. Brown Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction

Jun. 23, 2016  Download

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.

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Rep. Brown Comments on the Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget

Mar. 16, 2016  Download

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.