HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) that would require the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) to produce an additional report each year to provide policymakers with more information for budget planning was approved by the House State Government Committee on Tuesday.
HARRISBURG – The deadline to RSVP has been extended for Vietnam War era veterans who want to attend a Nov. 8 commemoration in Blair County.
CLAYSBURG – Business owners, nonprofit organizations and community leaders from around Blair County brought their concerns, questions and challenges to members of the House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), at the Sheetz Claysburg campus on Tuesday.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to Blair County to host a roundtable discussion with local businesses, elected officials and economic development organizations. Topics to be discussed will include workforce development, unfunded mandates, health care, higher education, regulatory reform and criminal justice reform. This is part of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.
ALTONNA – In order to keep residents abreast of Pennsylvania’s gun laws, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) will host a free Concealed Carry Seminar at the Altoona Grand Hotel, located at 1 Sheraton Drive in Altoona, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.
ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) invites residents to his Shredding with Schmitt event to have their important documents shredded for free by Burgmeier’s Hauling. The event will be held at People’s Natural Gas Field (Curve Stadium), located at 1000 Park Ave., Altoona, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4-7 p.m.
ALTOONA – Blair County will play host to a House Transportation Committee public hearing later this month, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), a member of the committee and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, announced today. The hearing is slated to be held at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1200 9th Ave. in Altoona, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. The Transportation Committee is also scheduled to tour the Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Juniata shops in Altoona on Thursday, Aug. 29.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today approved it’s $33.99 billion 2019-20 state budget that increases funding to public schools, libraries and agriculture, among others, without raising taxes. The funding portion of the budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Jim Gregory (R-Blair), along with Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon), say they are saddened and concerned by news of job losses at North American Communications Inc. and Norfolk Southern, and they want to ensure the workers have the resources they need to find new employment.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would improve highway safety in Pennsylvania, sponsored by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
HARRISBURG – The Altoona Area School District has been awarded a state grant in the amount of $136,552 to improve safety and security in its buildings, according to Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) today announced that he has been appointed by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads under the House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
HARRISBURG – Fire departments and ambulance associations in Blair County have been awarded more than $270,000 to tackle capital projects, train personnel and reduce debt, Reps. Lou Schmitt (R-Altoona) and Jim Gregory (R-Hollidaysburg) announced today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and other members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly today heard Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposals for Fiscal Year 2019-20 during his annual budget address.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) today announced that he has been appointed to serve on the House Commerce, Local Government, State Government, Transportation and Urban Affairs committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. Schmitt was sworn into office for his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Jan. 1.
ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) today announced that he is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to mark the grand opening of his new district office in downtown Altoona. The office is located in the space formerly occupied by Rep. John McGinnis in Suite 104 of the Gables building at 1331 Twelfth Ave.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) today was officially sworn into office, along with 200 other members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Schmitt is beginning his first, two-year term serving the people of the 79th Legislative District, which includes the City of Altoona, Logan Township and a portion of Allegheny Township.
WHAT: Rep.-elect Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) will take the oath of office as state representative of the 79th Legislative District.
HARRISBURG – Rep.-elect Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) today announced that he has kept the same office location in downtown Altoona as was previously operated by former Rep. John McGinnis.