Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The Senate voted 68-32 to pass the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. Voting against it were U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville.
The House voted 390-0 to pass the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of the veteran's state of residence. U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, did not vote.
The House voted 179-0 to approve an act amending the Public Welfare Code in public assistance, prohibiting eligibility for Megan's Law violators. Voting in favor were state Reps. Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro, Garth Everett, R-Muncy, Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, and Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport.
The House voted 179-0 to pass an amendment to the Judiciary and Judicial Procedure of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for counseling of sexually violent predators. Baker, Everett, Hanna and Mirabito voted in favor.
The Senate voted 47-1 to pass an amendment to Crimes and Offenses of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in wire tapping and electronic surveillance, further providing for exceptions to prohibition of interception and disclosure of communications. Voting in favor were state Sens. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway.
The Senate voted 46-0 to amend the State Lottery Law, in Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Elderly, further defining income, and further providing for determination of eligibility. Yaw and Scarnati voted in favor.
The Lycoming County commissioners approved a $98,000 change order Thursday to the landfill's single-stream recycling project due to needed design and layout adjustments to improve efficiencies. This change order, negotiated down from $114,000, will push the project's completion date back six weeks to the beginning of August. Voting in favor were Commissioners Jeff Wheeland and Ernie Larson. Tony Mussare was absent.
Montoursville Borough Council approved a policy creating tobacco free zones in recreational areas. Voting in favor were Rosemary Holmes, Dennis Holt, Mark Tillson, Ronald Shearer, Dave Moyer and Christopher Lucas.
City Council voted 7-0 to approve the renewal of a contract with Penn Strategies of Harrisburg and Rettew Associates, 418 Pine St., as city economic development consultanting firms. The contract is for two years and not more than $300,000. Voting were President Bill Hall, Bonnie Katz, Liz Miele, Jonathan Williamson, Don Noviello, Randall J. Allison and N. Clifford "Skip" Smith.
DuBoistown Borough Council voted to remove no parking signs on the north side of Cochran Avenue. Voting in favor were Michael Caschera, Norman Cowden, Charles Frey, Jennie Miller, Michael Wall, and Michael Rodgers.
Muncy Borough Council voted to set zoning hearing costs at $300, an increase of $50. The costs would include for advertising and a stenographer. Voting yes were Dana Bertin, Edward Feigles, Matilda Noviello, Karen Richards, Elaine McAleer, Linda Stein and Richard Baker.
The South Williamsport School Board unanimously approved a preliminary budget of $17.8 million that would raise the property tax rate by 2 mills and send it above the 2.4 percent index allowed by the state. Voting in favor were John Engel, Donald Lowe, Greg Anthony, Chris Branton, Jerry Broskey, Sam Burch, Cathy Bachman and Sue Davenport. Board member Gregg Balawajder was absent.