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My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Ross comments on House Approval of Liquor Privatization Bill
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The Pennsylvania House voted Thursday in favor of House Bill 466, which would shut down the state’s outmoded state liquor store system and replace it with more modern, privately owned wine and spirit retail system. House Bill 466 is nearly identical to liquor privatization legislation passed by the House in March 2013. It includes a series of reforms for beer, liquor and wine sales and would allow beer distributors to expand their businesses to sell liquor and wine as well as beer. Rep. Ross, chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, said he believes the state should not be involved in the sale of alcohol and that the bill has a better chance for passage this year in the state Senate.
Ross Bill to Update Municipal Recovery Act Signed By Governor
Legislation designed to modernize the way the state deals with economically distressed municipalities was recently signed into law in Harrisburg. Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester), prime sponsor of House Bill 1773, said his bill will provide distressed communities with additional proven tools to address shortcomings and quickly remedy their financial issues.
Rep. Ross Comments on Pension Reform Proposal
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Legislation designed to address serious shortfalls in Pennsylvania’s public employee and school employee pension systems was the topic of a press conference held at the State Capitol on Wednesday. A proposal forwarded by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill, Berks) would save money by creating a hybrid plan combining elements of the current defined benefit system with a 401K plan. Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) said spiraling costs must be brought under control while transitioning to a model that better reflects private pension systems. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Ross Joins Gov. Corbett in Introducing Pension Reform Bill
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Governor Corbett joined members of the House and Senate this week in Harrisburg to introduce a pair of bills designed to provide significant short- and long- term relief for the underfunded State Employee Retirement System (SERS) and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester), sponsor of House Bill 1350, said this is a serious fiscal crisis and steps must be taken now in order for both of the pension systems to remain solvent. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Ross Comments on Policy Committee Hearing on Attracting and Retaining High-Tech Jobs in PA
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How state government can help boost the creation of high-tech jobs in Pennsylvania’s biotechnology industry was the topic of a House Republican Policy Committee hearing held recently in Chester County. The Committee heard testimony from company representatives and development groups about how the Commonwealth could encourage investment in these growing industries. Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) said lawmakers must make Pennsylvania more appealing than other states for technology job creation. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Chris Ross Introduces Bill To Stabilize Pennsylvania Solar Markets
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Legislation designed to stabilize Pennsylvania’s solar energy market by increasing the demand for energy credits to match the supply created by the solar grant programs has been introduced in Harrisburg. House Bill 1580, sponsored by Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) would mandate that power companies purchase a greater percentage of their electric generation from solar sources. Chuck Nichols Reports - Story and Bite available.
House Transportation Committee Holds a Public Hearing on Distracted Driving Bill Sponsored by Rep. Ross
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New legislation that would enact penalties for distracted driving in Pennsylvania was the topic of a public hearing held this week by the House Transportation Committee in Harrisburg. After numerous attempts to pass laws restricting the use of cell phones and other hand held electronic devices behind the wheel, Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) said his legislation would take a broader approach to the dangers created by distracted drivers on Pennsylvania roads. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.