My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Victim Rights Roundtable Podcast – Cutler, Delozier, Oberlander, Toepel Discuss Bills to Give Victims a Voice - 4/18/2019
This Legislative Roundtable Podcast with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion, Forest), and Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is now available. You may use this program in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in state government news coverage.
House Majority Policy Committee Learns Court Rule Change Would Create Health Care Crisis in PA - 2/14/2019
Seeking to prevent a health care crisis in Pennsylvania, physicians, administrators, attorneys and industry professionals told members of the House Majority Policy Committee during a public hearing in Harrisburg today that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court must not change a rule dealing with medical malpractice lawsuits. Committee Chair Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion, Armstrong & Forest) said the proposed rule change to allow venue shopping could reverse progress that has been made to help ensure access to medical care for all, and called for Pennsylvania citizens to file comments about the proposal with the courts prior to a final decision on the rule changes.
Rep. Oberlander Comments on Proposal to Change Medical Malpractice Venue Shopping - 1/30/2019
House Republicans are calling on lawmakers, health care practitioners, and citizens to oppose a court-proposed rule change that would allow venue shopping in medical malpractice lawsuits. Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), and Policy Committee Chair Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion, Forest) called for a vocal response to efforts to change the current rule, adopted in the early 2000’s, which helped to stabilize insurance rates and keep physicians practicing in the Commonwealth.
House Republicans Call for Task Force on Workplace Harassment, Misconduct - 4/11/2018
Working to protect potential victims and ensure Pennsylvania has the most effective laws to address sexual and workplace-related harassment, members of the House Republican leadership team – Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) and Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) – along with victim advocate Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and House Labor and Industry chairman Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) today unveiled new legislation to further safeguard employees. The proposals would create a task force to investigate the laws, practices and procedures surrounding harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace; and direct the Joint State Government Commission to comprehensively review anti-harassment and discrimination laws and policies affecting Commonwealth employees. Rep. Oberlander offered the following comments at a capitol press conference on the proposed legislation.
Rep. Oberlander Comments on Report about the Impact of the Domestic Petroleum Production Industry on PA’s Economy - 5/10/2017
Penn Grade Crude Coalition released a report Tuesday in Harrisburg about the huge economic impact of the conventional oil and gas industry in the Commonwealth. Lawmakers and industry representatives praised the report as the first in-depth analysis of the full economic impact of the conventional shallow well drilling and production industry, founded in Pennsylvania more than 150 years ago. Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion, Armstrong & Forest), Chair of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Oil and Gas Caucus, attended the event and offered comments on the significance of the report.
Rep. Oberlander says House Lawmakers are Optimistic about the Tone Set by the Governor’s State Budget Proposals - 2/8/2017
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address earlier this week before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate in Harrisburg. The governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan that calls for no new broad based taxes in the upcoming fiscal year. Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion, Armstrong & Forest) said lawmakers were generally encouraged by the Governor’s decision to explore a number of cost-saving measures in order to achieve a balanced state spending plan.
Rep. Oberlander Hosts Legislative Hearing on Manufactured Home Industry - 10/6/2016
The manufactured home industry, a major employer in Clarion County and the surrounding region, is facing regulatory and economic challenges. Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) hosted a House Majority Policy Committee hearing this week in Shippenville to allow legislators to learn more about the manufactured home industry. Rep. Oberlander said it is crucial the Legislature understands the impact of the business on the local economy and what is necessary to ensure the continued growth and success of this sector of the state’s manufacturing industry.
Rep. Oberlander Joins 2nd Amendment Supporters at State Capitol Rally - 5/24/2016
Gun owners from across the Commonwealth as well as pro-Second Amendment state lawmakers joined together in the state capitol rotunda on Tuesday for the Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. For ten years the annual grassroots event has highlighted Second Amendment rights and served as a platform for citizens to lobby for the passage of legislation to protect the firearms rights of Pennsylvania citizens. Comments are available from Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion & Forest), who was among the featured speakers at the event.
Rep. Oberlander Comments on Passage of a Supplemental Funding Bill to Complete the 2015-16 State Budget - 3/17/2016
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 corrections and agriculture programs. The supplemental budget bill approved by the House and Senate would address the funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding. The legislation provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education lines, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will be forced to close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion & Forest) said the bi-partisan supplemental funding bill will complete this year’s budget and she hopes the governor will sign the legislation.
Oberlander Opposes Gov. Wolf’s Tax Increase Proposals - 3/10/2016
House Republican lawmakers from northern Pennsylvania are speaking out in opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including an increase to the Personal Income Tax as part of his annual budget proposal. That 11 percent tax increase would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016 and amount to an annual tax hike of $2.7 billion. Speaking at a small business in Clearfield County on Thursday, legislators said Wolf’s proposal for extensive tax hikes is being opposed by a large majority of Pennsylvanians – working families, senior citizens and small business owners. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should work with the Legislature to develop solutions that keep the state operating without resorting to broad-based tax increases.