(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.)
From Staff Reports
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The Senate rejected a measure to block a bill that would prohibit companies from retaliating against workers who inquire about pay disparities and open pathways for female employees to sue for punitive damages in cases of paycheck discrimination. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted yes. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted no.
The House passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act. The bill would repeal the $29 billion "Innovation Tax" included in the healthcare reform bill passed by Congress in 2010. U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, voted yes. U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino, R-Cogan Station, voted no.
The House passed a measure authorizing $4.5 billion in borrowing to retire an unemployment compensation fund left over from the Depression. Voting yes were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro. Voting no was state Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport.
Duboistown Borough Council hired Insight Pipe Contractor for sewer line work at a cost of $141,178. Voting yes were Michael Caschera, James Barger, Norman Cowden, Michael Rodgers, Paul McKinley and Mark Shultz.
Montoursville Borough Council hired Glenn Hawbaker for rock hauling for the Mill Street project. Hawbaker submitted the low bid of $123,150. Voting yes were Robert Brobson, Gary Marshall, Dennis Holt, Ron Shearer and Mark Tillson.
South Williamsport Area School District approved hiring Elizabeth Deljanovan and Mike Rodgers as the head girls' and head boys' soccer coach, respectively. Voting in favor were Sam Burch, Greg Anthony, Gregg Balawajder, John Engel, Don Lowe and Chris Branton. Jerry Broskey, Mary Ann Cowden and Sue Davenport were absent.
Williamsport Area School Board voted 7-0 to approve Plan Con parts D and E for the high school's construction project. Voting in favor were board members Lori Baer, David Stone Jr., Jerene Milliken, Brette Confair, Jane Penman, Jay Shultz and Dale Vollman. Board members Karen Harris and Thomas Zimmerman were absent.