Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The Senate voted 64-32 to pass a bill to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted in favor of the bill. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, did not vote.
The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority unanimously voted to approve the 2014 Beaver Lake budget to establish a $2-a-month reduction for individual households, reducing the monthly rate of $133 to $131. Voting in favor were Paul Wentzler, Jan Ransdorf, Don Konkle Jr., Robert Hippenstiel, Richard C. Haas and Charles S. Hall. Jim Carpenter and Scott F. Slocum were absent.
The Lycoming County Prison Board unanimously approved the following prison expenditures for October: $24,469 for health services and medical supplies; $22,347 for kitchen supplies and food; $69,204 for general services, supplies and maintenance. They also approved $35,463 in revenue. Voting in favor were Deputy Controller Miriam Miller, Deputy Warden Tim Mahoney, Sheriff Mark Lusk, commissioners Jeff Wheeland, Ernest Larson and Tony Mussare, District Attorney Eric Linhardt and Judge Nancy Butts.
The City Planning Commission gave positive recommendations for two downtown law firms requesting certificates of appropriateness for office signs. The law firms are Lepley, Engelman and Yaw at 140 E. Third St. and McNerney, Page Vanderlin and Hall at 433 Market St. Voting 6-0 in favor were William Rischar, Theresa Williams, Carolyn Bullock, Chris Keiser, Charles Plankenhorn and Sam Washington. Absent were Harry Sechler and Tom Hunsberger. Commission President Marvin Staiman votes only when there is a tie.
City Council voted 6-1 to table an entertainment ordinance. Voting for tabling were Council President Bill Hall, Bonnie Katz, Jonathan Williamson, Don Noviello, Randall J. Allison and N. Clifford "Skip" Smith. Voting against tabling it was Councilwoman Liz Miele.