Lawmakers favor gun sales checks

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:


The House passed The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act 288 to 127, which meant to let Internet companies share information with the government for cybersecurity purposes. Rep. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor.

The Senate voted on an amendment to expand background checks on gun sales, which was defeated by a 54-46 vote. Sens.

Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville and Bob Casey, D-Scranton, both voted in favor of the measure.


The Senate passed Senate Bill 808 by a vote of 38-12. The bill would amend the County Code to permit the governing body of a county of the second class A or a third through eighth class county to adopt a resolution abolishing the office of jury commissioner. Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted in favor. The Senate also passed Senate Bill 37 by a vote of 49-0. It would amend the Election Code to authorize the Department of State to establish and implement an electronic voter registration application that allows an individual to register to vote or to change their party enrollment or name or address on an existing registration. Yaw voted in favor.

The House passed House Bill 1100 by a vote of 172-23. The bill would eliminate the sales and use tax on fixed-wing aircraft sales, maintenance and repairs. Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro; and Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, voted in favor.


Lycoming County commissioners approved a $191,161 contract with the state Department of Transportation to oversee the Williamsport Area Transportation Study’s planning program. Commissioners also approved the hiring of Jenna Neidig as a full-time replacement assistant public defender at a yearly salary of $51,260. Commissioners Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare voted in favor of each measure.

Lycoming County Planning Commission members approved a preliminary multi-lot subdivision plan in Limestone Township owned by Dwayne and Kelley Wasson. Conditions of the approval are that plan revisions, stormwater and road construction revisions be brought to the planning commission and appropriate agencies. Voting in favor were George Logue Jr., Larry Fry, Howard Fry, Cindy Bower, James Dunn, Christopher E. Keiser, Joseph H. Neyhart and William Parsons. Carl Nolan was absent.


Woodward Township supervisors approved a resolution to have members of MidPen Engineering review their land development and zoning storm water management ordinances updated with storm water management requirements. Voting were Thomas F. Frantz, Alan J. Worth and Gary Knarr.

City Council voted 5-0 to authorize L. Robert Kimball, of Ebensburg, an engineering company, to proceed with the final design of the proposed Trade and Transit II Centre parking garage. The building, estimated to cost $9 million, will replace the Mid-Town parking deck. Voting were Jonathan Williamson, Don Noviello, N. Clifford “Skip” Smith and Randall Allison, Liz Miele. Council President Bill Hall and Councilwoman Bonnie Katz were absent.

School district

Montgomery Area School Board voted to send the Montgomery Area High School Odyssey of the Mind team to the national championships in Michigan, at a cost of $6,000. Voting were Adam R. Diggan, Jody L. Budman, Gary L. Yocum Sr., Augustine F. Spizzirri, Christopher J. Johnson, Todd S. Woodling, Paul E. Stryker Jr., Todd D. Baker and Grant S. Evangelisti. Gabriel P. Blasi was absent.

Williamsport Area School Board voted 6-1 to eliminate AutoCAD and drafting, levels one through three. The subject matter is to be covered in introduction to engineering, electromechanical and automation I and II and advanced automation. One position will be eliminated. Voting in favor were board members Lori Baer, Thomas Zimmerman, Jerene Milliken, Karen Confer, Brette Confair and Jay Shultz. Voting against the item was Dr. Jane Penman. Board members David Stone Jr. and Dale Vollman were absent.