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Debunking rumors, expanding benefits for troops in recent votes

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)

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

Federal

• The House voted 220-203 in favor of legislation that would expand eligibility for GI Bill education benefits for National Guard and Reserve troops. U.S. Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted no.

• The House voted 220-203 in favor of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. U.S. Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted no.

State

• The House voted 110-91 to approve a map for new congressional districts. The map separates the state into 17 House districts, one less than the current map due to Pennsylvania’s latest U.S. Census numbers. State Reps. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; Joe Hamm, R-Hepburn Township; and Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, voted yes.

County

• With rumors circulating about illegal immigrants coming into the county, the Lycoming County Commissioners stressed that the rumors were not true. Referring to a meeting they had with local government officials, representatives of local businesses and people from a local patriot group, the commissioners said they were assured that the immigrants working at a local meat packing plant were there legally.

• The Lycoming County Prison Warden Brad Shoemaker shared that the population at the prison during 2021 averaged 32 more inmates per day compared to 2020. The yearly average in the prison system was 272.9 for 2021, while 2020 averaged 240.99 inmates

School District

• The Loyalsock Township School Board approved the transfer of a total of $600,000 from the general fund for upcoming projects.

• The Montoursville Area School Board rejected a motion to require masking of students and staff.

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