Budgets get votes

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


The House voted 411-3 to direct the assistant secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.

The House voted 254-159 to pass the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, which exempts private equity fund investment advisers from its registration and reporting requirements, with certain provisions. Marino and Thompson voted in favor.


The Senate voted 46-2 to pass an amendment regarding wiretapping and electronic surveillance, further providing for exceptions to prohibition of interception and disclosure of communications. Voting in favor were state Sens. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joseph B. Scarnati III, R-Brockway.

The Senate voted 48-0 to pass an act that further provides for military family relief assistance. Yaw and Scarnati voted in favor.

The Senate voted 48-0 to pass an amendment for codification and publication of documents, providing for electronic publication of municipal codes. Yaw and Scarnati voted in favor.

The Senate voted 48-0 to pass an Act providing for authorization of certain schools as institutions of postsecondary education. Yaw and Scarnati voted in favor.


Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority unanimously voted to approve its 2014 budget with no rate increases. Voting in favor were Mary Bennardi, Paul Wentzler, Donald Konkle, Jan Ransdorf, James Carpenter, Richard Haas, Charles Hall and Scott Slocum. Robert Hippenstiel was absent.

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously voted to award $50,000 of natural gas drilling impact funds to the Montgomery Water and Sewer Authority. Voting in favor were Commissioners Jeff Wheeland, Ernest P. Larson and Tony Mussare.


DuBoistown Borough Council approved the 2014 budget that keeps the real estate millage at 3.93. Voting in favor were Michael Caschera, James Barger, Norman Cowden, Jennie Miller, Ken Hall, and Michael Rodgers. John McCormich was absent.