LEGISLATIVE TALLY

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

Federal

The House passed House Resolution 1191 by a vote of 221-198. It would tie student loan rates to prevailing market trends. U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor.

State

The House and Senate were not in session.

County

Lycoming County commissioners approved a $21,579 grant application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency that, if approved, would be used for the salary of the county’s juvenile victim-witness coordinator in the district attorney’s office. Commissioners also approved real estate tax exemptions for the following parcels: Roads to Freedom, 24 E. Third St.; New Covenant Community Connection, 225 E. Church St.; and Montoursville Borough, 41 Mill St., Montoursville. Voting in favor of each were Jeff C. Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.

Municipal

Williamsport Planning Commission voted 7-0 in favor of granting certificate of appropriateness with a positive recommendation to City Council for a final decision after a request by Matthew Schauer for his buildings at 151-155 W. Fourth St. and 40-42 W. Fourth St. Schauer is building Moon and Raven Public House at the 151 W. Fourth St. property and a guitar studio and repair shop at the other. He needed to change the trim on the pub exterior and replace brick facade on the other building. In favor were Chairman Marvin Staiman, Carolyn Bullock, Chris Keiser, Harry Sechler, William Rischar, Theresa Williams and Charles Plankenhorn. Tom Hunsberger and Sam Washington were absent.

Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority voted 9-0 to ratify capital water main and sewer improvement projects for this year. In favor were William Nichols, Eiderson Dean, Dr. Marshall D. Welch, Jr., William Ertel, Steven W. Cappelli, George Bierman, Thomas Frazier, John Meyer and Thomas Marnon. Matthew Rebeck was absent.

School district

South Williamsport Area School Board voted 6-0 to approve a preliminary final budget for the 2013-14 school year. The budget included a 0.6-mill tax increase. Voting in favor were board members John Engel, Greg Anthony, Gregg Balawajder, Chris Branton, Jerry Broskey and Sue Davenport. Board members Donald Lowe, Mary Ann Cowden and Sam Burch were absent from the meeting.

Muncy School Board voted 9-0 to approve a preliminary budget that raises real estate taxes 0.28 mills to 13.28 mills, a 2.2-percent increase. Voting in favor were Thomas Gardner, Dr. Mary Bennardi, Carla Auten, Lisa Sleboda, Brian Krah, Scott McLean, Danielle Baum, William Schneck and Robert Titman. The board voted 8-1 to approve the 2013-14 collective bargaining agreement, which raises the professional salary scale 2.95 percent for a total of $142,000 more. Schneck cast the lone no vote.

LEGISLATIVE TALLY

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

Federal

The Senate passed Senate Bill 743 by a vote of 69-27. It would allow for a nationwide Internet sales tax. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionzville, voted against; Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor.

The House passed House Resolution 1406 by a vote of 223-204. It would allow private-sector employees to take comp time instead of overtime pay. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor.

State

The Senate passed Senate Bill 648 by a vote of 49-0. It would exempt a landowner from liability for any unlawful acts committed by a person the landowner allows to take game or wildlife from the landowner’s property as long as no fee, payment or gratuity is paid for access to the land. Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted in favor.

The House passed House Bill 440 by a vote of 129-65. It closes the so-called “Delaware loophole” and begins to reduce corporate net income taxes during a 10-year span beginning in 2015. Reps. Garth Everett-R, Muncy; Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; and Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro, voted in favor. Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, voted no.

The House passed Senate Bill 5 by a vote of 195-0. It is designed to expand and enhance existing resources in the community to provide health care for the uninsured. The legislation would establish a program in the state Department of Health to provide grants to community-based health care

clinics that provide “medical homes” for the uninsured.

The House passed House Bill 468 by a vote of 193-2. It allows for distribution of a property tax rebate to the family of a deceased individual. Everett, Mirabito, Baker and Hanna voted in favor of both House Bill 468 and Senate Bill 5

County

Lycoming County commissioners voted to eliminate the position of jury commissioner, which will take effect at the end of this year. Commissioners also approved a payment of $11,410 for additional computer software licenses for records management and document scanning purposes at the courthouse. Commissioners Jeff C. Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare voted in favor of all measures.

Municipal

City Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve a lot consolidation, subdivision and land development plan by Susquehanna Health as it plans a $33 million health innovation center on the campus of the Williamsport Regional Medical Center this summer. Voting in favor were Chairman Marvin Staiman, Carolyn Bullock, Charles Plankenhorn and Tom Hunsberger. Abstaining was Christopher Keiser. Theresa Williams, William Rischar, Harry Sechler and Sam Washington were absent.

School district

East Lycoming School District approved a $21.6 million proposed budget for 2013-14. Voting 8-0 were President Richard L. Michael, Donna Gavitt, Richard Bradley, Amy Rogers, Randy Eddinger, Debra Sherlinksi, Diane Santo and Lea Ann Hawk. Kellie Shaner-Gordner was absent.

Williamsport Area School Board voted 8-1 to approve a resolution relative to its proposed final budget for the 2013-14 school year. The proposed general fund budget is available for the public to inspect at the office of the board secretary and the final budget will be adopted at the board’s June 18 meeting. Voting in favor were board members Lori Baer, Thomas Zimmerman, David Stone Jr., Jerene Milliken, Karen Confer, Brette Confair, Dr. Jane Penman and Jay Shultz. Board member Dale Vollman voted against the resolution.