Local legislators favor funding for the FAA

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


The House and Senate approved similar legislation that transfers money to the Federal Aviation Administration to relieve delays at airports by providing staffing to furloughed air traffic controllers. In addition, $50 million is expected to be provided to smaller airports to keep air traffic control towers open. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor of HR 1765, which passed 364 to 41; The Senate version passed unanimously, with Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, and Bob Casey, D-Scranton, both voting in favor.


The House passed House Bill 987 195 to 0 to name the bridge that connects Routes 973 and 87 over the Loyalsock Creek the George E. Logue Sr. Memorial Bridge. The bill, which was sponsored by state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The House passed House Bill 818 144 to 53, which prohibits health insurance carriers that participate in an Affordable Care Act exchange from offering coverage for elective abortions within the exchanges. Exceptions are made for the life of the mother, rape or incest. Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven; and Everett voted in favor.

The Senate was not in session.


Lycoming County commissioners approved the purchase of a hydraulic excavator with accessories to be used at the landfill at a cost of $184,334 from Best Line Equipment. Commissioners also approved a $10,000 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to be used for legal services. Voting in favor of both measures were Jeff C. Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.

School district

The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted against approving the licensing agreement with Pel Industries Inc. granting the printing of the school district’s name or logo on merchandise for sale to retail customers. Voting against the item were board members Shelley Helm, Robert Pryor, Harry Brungard, Craig Allen, Denise Smith, Harry Miller, John Shireman and Karen Stover. Board member Heather Williamson was absent from the meeting.

The Loyalsock Township School Board voted 7-1 to approve a three-year master lease purchase agreement with Apple Inc. for an iPad initiative in grades eight through 12. The lease will cost the district $555,764.22. Voting in favor were board members Edward Ade Jr., Stephen Dewar, David Hornberger, Christina Kiessling, John Raymond, Sheila Yates and Paul Young II. Voting against the item was board member William Carlucci. Board member Maureen Carey was absent.

The East Lycoming School Board unanimously voted to support resolutions to reform the states charter and cyber school funding formula and increase state funding for school construction projects. It also approved Wayne Gordner as an athletic volunteer for the 2013 baseball season and Erin Horn as a guest teacher for the remainder of the 2013 school year. Voting were Richard Michael, Lea Ann Awk, Donna Gavitt, Kellie Shaner-Gordner, Diane Santo, Richard Bradley, Amy Rogers, Debra Sherlinski and Randy Eddinger.