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County approves funds for police equipment; other actions taken by state, local governements

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

Federal

• The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have not taken any votes of note recently,

State

• The state House passed a bill on a 130-71 vote Wednesday authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a public comment process on and submit to the legislature a measure or action intended to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions by imposing a revenue-generating tax or fee on carbon dioxide emissions. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Pennsdale, and state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, both voted yes.

• On a 117-84 vote Wednesday the state House established a Solvency Operating Study Commission to draft a report for the state government. Everett and Wheeland both voted yes

• The state Senate unanimously passed a measure amending assault laws to specifically include clarify assault by prisoner in sexual offenses, the offense of institutional sexual assault and — in registration of sexual offenders — further providing for sexual offenses and tier system.

• The state Senate unanimously passed a law Tuesday providing for law enforcement background investigations for duties of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission, law enforcement agencies and employers.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to spend $122,000 on additional police equipment for the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and other county law enforcement personnel. Commissioners Scott Metzger and Tony Mussare voted for the expenditure and commissioner Rick Mirabito voted against it.

• Lycoming County commissioners approved the hiring of a chief probation officer and acted on several purchase requests at their meeting Thursday. David A. Goodwin was hired to fill the top post in the juvenile probation department at an annual salary of $72,000. Commissioners also approved the purchase of two commercial mowers from Cub Cadet for $33,598 for the county landfill through the state COSTARS program, approved a change order with R&L Development Co. and Barton & Loguidice DPC for a field construction project at the landfill for $171,852, approved the purchase of furniture from Supply Source for $89,225 for the adult probation office and approved an agreement with Diakon Family Life Services for specialized in-home treatment services for juvenile probation.

Municipal

• The Montoursville Borough Council voted 4-0 to amend the zoning ordinance to allow unleashed dogs at the Mill Street dog park. Voting yes were Mark Tilson, Ted Haines, Eric Greenway and Robert Brown; Misty Emick and Christ Lucas were absent.

• City Council voted 6-0 to hire Vijay Kapoor, president of Kapoor Co., to provide economic services for labor negotiations and budgetary matters for no more than $16,500. Agreeing to this was President Randall J. Allison, Liz Miele, Bonnie Katz, David Banks, Adam Yoder, Vincent Pulizzi. Councilman Jon Mackey was at the meeting later but did not vote on the hiring.

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