Jan. 10, 2017

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

2017-18 Legislative Session Now Underway

Last week, I joined my colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to take the oath of office for the 2017-18 session. The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members.

Also on swearing-in day, the House unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the second consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results, election of the House parliamentarian and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.

My wife Sherrie and myself at my floor seat in the chamber.

I am being interviewed by WGAL political reporter Mike Straub.

Myself, along with my son Matt, First Lady Frances Wolf and Gov. Tom Wolf in the Governors reception room.

Go to the photo gallery on my website at RepFrankRyan.com for more photos. 
  
 
Supporting the SMART Act

Last week, I signed onto legislation offered by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) that would mandate the use of performance data in creating a state budget modeled after Colorado’s SMART Act authored by that state’s former House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver).

In September of 2016, the Independent Fiscal Office release a comprehensive report entitled, “Using Performance Measures in the State Budget.” The report highlights state agencies already collect 686 performance measures. Unfortunately, these measures are used as management tools, not for budgeting. The report stated, “For Pennsylvania, performance measures are widely viewed as a management tool, as opposed to a budgeting tool. Moreover, performance measures are generally used to evaluate requests to increase program funds, rather than facilitate and inform overall resource allocation (which would include program reductions.)”

The last time any major legislative budget changes occurred was in 1978, with Section 610(a) of the Administrative Code and when Star Wars was first released in theaters. In the 39 years since that time we have seen six different presidents, nine different governors, and seven Star Wars movies.

The commonwealth’s current incremental budget process coupled with the Great Recession has led to major budgetary issues in the commonwealth. To learn more about the SMART Act, read Rep. Grove’s co-sponsorship memo.
 
 
Share Your Farm Show Memories

 
If you’re participating in or attending this year’s 101st Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos.

You can share your memories and photos on my Facebook page at facebook.com/RepFrankRyan. And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to insert the hashtag #PAFS17.

More information about the Farm Show is available at farmshow.state.pa.us.
 
 
Applications for 2017 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available

 
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

To apply, interested students should visit RepFrankRyan.com and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1.

The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax money or other public funds are used. 
 
 
511PAConnect Seeks to Keep Stranded Motorists Safe, Informed

 
A new service called 511PAConnect has been launched to provide updates to motorists in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other major state roadways.

The service will be activated when personnel from the PA Turnpike and PennDOT identify a potential long-term closure, with the system being used only for emergencies that will last for a sustained period. The system will only work in areas with cell phone service.

Motorists who receive the alert will have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates, along with follow-up notifications from turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure. Once the incident is resolved, motorists who registered for the alerts will automatically be unsubscribed and all personal data will be scrubbed from the system.
 
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