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