LEGISLATIVE TALLY: Lawmakers shore up protections for bank customers, taxpayers

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)

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

Federal

• The House voted 395-2 to pass the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard.

State

• The House voted 103-83 to approve the Taxpayer Protection Act. The bill would limit the annual growth in the state budget to the rate of inflation unless three-quarters of the General Assembly voted to exceed that limit. Voting yes were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; and Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro.

• The House voted 102-90 against passage of Senate Bill 166 which would prohibit state, county and local governments from using their payroll systems to let workers make voluntarily contributions to their respective union’s political action committees. The bill would have applied to teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public sector union members after their current contracts expire. The bill only targeted the extra PAC money deductions, not union dues. Voting yes to pass the legislation were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; and Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro.

• The House voted 121-70 in favor of a bill limiting abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation would alter the existing 24-week limit. It would keep in place exceptions under current law for when a mother’s life is at risk, or if she could suffer a serious, permanent injury without an abortion. It does not allow exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; and Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro voted yes.

County

• The Lycoming County commissioners approved a professional service agreement not to exceed $16,900 with Barton Associates to evaluate the county court house, Lysock, Third Street Plaza and Executive Plaza buildings and report the potential capital costs associated with maintaining each over the coming years. Voting were Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.

Municipal

• Jersey Shore Borough Council voted 7-0 to approve the 2018 budget. The budget includes no real estate tax increase. Voting yes were Paul Garrett, Kenneth Scheesley, Marguerite Dyroff, Barb Schmouder, Denise Robbins, Sean Simcox, and Mike Zellers. Janet Barnhart was absent.

• Jersey Shore Borough Council voted 7-0 to opt out of locating a Category 4 gambling casino in the borough. Voting yes were Paul Garrett, Kenneth Scheesley, Marguerite Dyroff, Barb Schmouder, Denise Robbins, Sean Simcox, and Mike Zellers. Janet Barnhart was absent.

• City Council voted 6-0 to adopt a $26.6 million budget for 2018 that holds no tax increase. Voting were Jonathan Williamson, Randall J. Allison, Liz Miele, Bonnie Katz, Joel Henderson and Don Noviello. Clifford “Skip” Smith was absent.

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