LEGISLATIVE TALLY: House approves immigration bill
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
• The House voted 247-152 to approve the Community Safety & Security Act. The bill would restore the federal government’s ability to deport immigrants for a wide variety of violent criminal offenses. It also broadens the types of offenses that would be considered a crime of violence. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard.
• The House voted 260-146 to approve the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act. The bill would allow the expedited approval of small-scale shipments of liquefied natural gas. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard.
• The Senate and House are out of session.
• The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved the formation of two new positions — a part-time clerk in the commissioners office and a full-time assistant district attorney for the courts. The part-time clerk position is not to exceed 1,000 hours annually at a payrate of $10.94 per hour while the assistant district attorney will have a salary of about $52,000. The additions are offset by the impending retirement of a full-time clerk in the district attorney’s office, estimated to have a $35,000 salary, who will not be replaced, and a full-time clerk’s position in the Department of Public Safety being cut down to part-time. Voting were Commissioners Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.
• The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority unanimously approved an agreement with Franklin Township formalizing its role as adviser to the township in financial, construction and other matters related to the Lairdsville sanitary sewer project. The authority also welcomed a new member, William Henry, of Mifflin Manor, who replaces Michael Miller. As Miller was treasurer prior to his resignation, the authority unanimously appointed Mike Philbin to that role and appointed Charles Hall to the role of assistant treasurer.
• DuBoistown Borough Council heard complaints from residents about a fireworks issue in the borough during the weeks around the Fourth of July. Council referred the issue to the Safety Committee for consideration of writing an ordinance governing this problem. Members present were: Paul McKinley, Michael Rodgers, Larry Campbell and Eric Hine. Eric Fausey, Richard Boyles and Nathan Maynard were absent.
• State Home Rule Commission voted 7-0 to approve a final draft charter. Voting were Jennifer Ayers, chair; Alison D. Hirsch, Matilda Noviello, Jon Mackey, Margaret Tupper, Mark Stephens and Ardis Mason.
• Williamsport Area School District’s board of directors continues their search for a new member after it was discovered that the person who had been selected to fill the open position was not a district resident. The board’s first meeting in October has been switched form the first to the second Tuesday at 5 p.m. in order to interview perspective candidates. Members present were: Lori Baer, Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Marc Shefsky and Adam Welteroth. Dr. Nancy Story Somers, Jennifer Lake and Brette Confair were absent.