Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a vote of 228-196. It would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor.
The House rejected a farm spending bill by a vote of 234-195. Marino and Thompson voted in favor of the bill.
The House passed House Bill 164 by a vote of 199-0. It establishes the offense of possession of animal fighting paraphernalia as a third-degree misdemeanor. Voting in favor were Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven; and Matthew E. Baker-R-Wellsboro.
The House passed House Bill 1202 by a vote of 199-0. It closes a loophole in state law by clarifying that a person ordered by police to pull their vehicle over must remain with or inside the vehicle. Everett, Mirabito, Hanna and Baker voted in favor.
The House passed House Bill 1259 by a vote of 153-37. It provides for the regulation of indoor tanning facilities. Mirabito, Hanna and Baker voted in favor.
The Senate passed House Bill 987 by a vote of 50-0. Sponsored by Everett, the bill would designate the bridge carrying Route 973 over Loyalsock Creek in Upper Fairfield and Eldred townships in Lycoming County as the George E. Logue Sr. Memorial Bridge. Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted in favor.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 57 by a vote of 49-1. It provides for an exception under the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act for the interception of oral communications on a school bus or school vehicle for disciplinary or security purposes. Yaw voted in favor.
Lycoming County commissioners voted to approve spending $4.7 million on single-stream recycling equipment to be installed at the landfill in Montgomery. Commissioners also voted to allocate $117,200 of county Act 13 natural gas impact fee money for a paving project on Reach Road, which will be paid back by the city. Voting in favor of both measures were Jeff C. Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.
Montgomery Borough Council approved the hiring of Gregory Drollinger as a new police chief by a vote of 5-0. Voting in favor were Lynn Crist, John "JJ" Magyar II, Rodney Metzger, Donald Feaster and James McCarty. Whitlow Wertz and Richard Williams were absent.
Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 7-2 to close Nippenose Valley Elementary School permanently prior to the 2013-14 school year. Voting in favor were board members Shelley Helm, Robert Pryor, Craig Allen, Harry Brungard, Karen Stover, Harry Miller and Heather Williamson. Voting against the closing were board members Loren Koch and Denise Smith.
Williamsport Area School Board voted 8-0 to hire Dr. Don Adams as the district's superintendent, effective July 1. Adams previously served as the assistant superintendent. Voting in favor were board members Lori Baer, David Stone Jr., Jerene Milliken, Karen Confer, Brette Confair, Dr. Jane Penman, Jay Shultz and Dale Vollman. Board member Thomas Zimmerman was absent. The board also voted 6-2 to approve the district's 2013-14 budget. The budget includes a real-estate tax increase of 0.347 mills. Voting in favor were board member Baer, Stone Jr., Milliken, Confer, Confair and Shultz. Voting against the budget were board members Penman and Vollman. Zimmerman was absent.
Loyalsock Township School Board voted 6-2 to approve its 2013-14 budget. The budget did not include a tax increase. Voting in favor were board members Edward Ade Jr., Sheila Yates, Stephen Dewar, William Carlucci, John Raymond and Paul Young II. Voting against the budget were board members Christina Kiessling and David Hornberger. Board member Maureen Carey was absent from the vote.
The East Lycoming School Board unanimously approved its budget for the 2013-14 school year. The $21,695,406 budget includes a 0.27 mill real estate tax hike. Voting were Richard Michael, Lea Ann Hawk, Donna Gavitt, Kellie Shaner-Gordner, Diane Santo, Richard Bradley, Amy Rogers, Debra Sherlinski and Randy Eddinger.