My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
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.
Rep. Oberlander Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan - 10/7/2015
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. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion, Armstrong & Forest) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Oberlander Comments on Basic Education Funding Commission Recommendations and Report - 6/18/2015
The Basic Education Funding Commission released a report and recommendations Thursday calling for adoption of a new, more equitable formula to distribute state funding to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. Commission member Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion, Armstrong & Forest) said the bipartisan group worked hard to develop a funding plan which takes into account the factors necessary to fairly provide all school districts in the state with the educational resources they need.
Rep. Oberlander Comments Following Opening of New Session of the PA House - 1/6/2015
Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered on Tuesday in the state capitol to take the oath of office and to begin reorganizing the state’s legislative branch. Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) said she is proud to have been reelected to represent the 63rd legislative district and is eager to get back to work. She said she is also looking forward to a new challenge of serving as Secretary of the Republican Caucus working with new freshmen members of the House.