(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:
The House passed House Bill 403, which imposes an additional 52-week penalty on those who illegally apply for unemployment compensation while incarcerated. Voting in favor were Reps. Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro; Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Garth Everett, R-Muncy; and Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven.
The House passed House Bill 472, which would grant in-state tuition rates to eligible veterans and their dependents at Pennsylvania's public institutions of higher learning. Baker, Mirabito, Everett and Hanna voted in favor.
The House passed House Bill 723, which clarifies that wild boars and other swine kept behind fences on game farms or hunting preserves are not defined as "wild animals" under the Game Code and not under the regulatory purview of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Reps. Baker, Everett and Hanna voted in favor. Mirabito voted against.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 508, which would amend the Crime Victims Act to authorize the victim or the victim's representative to provide testimony before the panel or the majority of those board members charged with making a parole release decision. Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted in favor.
Lycoming County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a $617,000 grant application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the county's substance abuse treatment court. Voting in favor were Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare. Jeff Wheeland was absent.
Lycoming County commissioners voted Thursday to approve attorney Jerry Lynch as a replacement conflicts attorney with compensation not to exceed $35,000. Voting in favor were Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.
South Williamsport Borough Council voted to approve an agreement with STEP Inc. to use the former state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forestry building at the corner of East Central Avenue and Charles Street for possible senior center and recreation facility. Voting in favor were Edward Weinhoffer, Richard Harris, Henry Frey Jr., Benjamin Landon, Jeff Tompkins, J. Bernard Schelb, Robert Cronin and Daniel Cupp. Anthony Mussare was absent.
Old Lycoming Township supervisors approved a memorandum of understanding with the township's volunteer fire company that allows fire police from other municipalities to serve in the township at the request of the fire company as needed. Supervisors also approved a land development plan for a 24-unit storage facility on Misner Road. Several conditions were placed on the approval, including an approved stormwater and driveway plan. Voting in favor of both measures were John W. Eck and Janet C. Hall. Linda Mazzullo was absent.
Jersey Shore Borough Council approved submission of its 2013 Community Development Block Grant application for a downtown sidewalk replacement project. Voting in favor were Sean Simcox, Wade Snyder, Janet Barnhart, Marguerite Dyroff, Mary Greene, Deborah Colocino, Kenneth Scheesley, and John Pisarcik. Council passed a resolution to certify 11 volunteer firefighters as fire police. Voting in favor were Simcox, Snyder, Barnhart, Dyroff, Greene, Colocino, Scheesley and Pisarcik.
East Lycoming school board approved the following guest teachers and teacher's aids for the 2012-2013 substitute teacher list, James Barner, Aaron Bogart, Stephanie Lovell, Jayne Smith, Diane Souter, Mary Wolfe, Lori Zicolello, and Meredith Lambert. Voting were Richard Michael, Lea Ann Hawk, Donna Gavitt, Kellie Shaner-Gordner, Diane Santo, Richard Bradley, Amy Rodgers, Debra Sherlinski and Randy Eddinger.
The Montoursville Area School Board approved an agreement between the district and Geisinger Clinic for school physician services for the 2013-14 school year at a cost of $10,800. Voting in favor were Dora Pioli, James Bergen, Jill Kaplan, Ellen Stoner, Tom McNamara, Dale Ulmer, Scott Konkle and George Hagemeyer. The board reappointed Fred Holland as district solicitor for next year. Holland will be paid a retainer of $5,000 and an hourly rate of $135 for matters not covered under the retainer. Voting in favor were Pioli, Bergen, Kaplan, Stoner, McNamara, Ulmer, Konkle and Hagemeyer.
Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 8-1 to approve PlanCon part G for its construction project on Jersey Shore Elementary School. Voting in favor were board members Shelley Helm, Robert Pryor, Heather Williamson, Craig Allen, Denise Smith, Harry Miller, John Shireman and Karen Stover. Voting against the item was board member Harry Brungard.
Loyalsock Township School Board voted 6-3 to approve a 2013-14 tentative budget of $19,263,827. The budget included a 0.15 millage increase in real estate taxes. Voting in favor were board members Edward Ade Jr., William Carlucci, David Hornberger, Christian Kiessling, John Raymond and Sheila Yates. Voting against the tentative budget were board members Stephen Dewar, Maureen Carey and Paul Young II.