Ryan Offers Moving Remarks Upon Passage of Shawn's Law Bill Now on Way to Governor

Sep. 21, 2021 / Embed

The House recently passed Shawn’s Law – legislation that would make it a felony for individuals to intentionally aid or solicit another to commit suicide. Two years ago, 25-year-old Shawn Shatto of York County took her own life at the direction of individuals in a web chatroom who, among other things, instructed her on how to prepare the deadly poison. After ingesting the poison, she told the others she was terrified of dying. Yet, nobody sought or encouraged Shawn to seek help. One even wished her “safe travels.” Shawn’s family has suffered greatly following their devastating loss. I cannot fathom the extreme callousness for human life exhibited by those in that chatroom. House Bill 184 (Shawn’s Law) will severely penalize those who coax another into taking their own life, even if they are not successful. Prior to the House vote on the bill, I delivered a message for Shawn and her loving family in the House chamber.

Ryan Remembers America's Heroes with Prayer

Sep. 20, 2021 / Embed

I offered the opening prayer in the House ahead of our fall session agenda, remembering those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and more recently in Afghanistan.

Ryan Concerned About Working Environments

Sep. 14, 2021 / Embed

The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, of which I am a member, held a public hearing regarding the pandemic-related suspension of regulations at Pennsylvania’s nursing care facilities. I am extremely concerned about employee turnover, complicated working environments and outdated funding models at the federal and state levels, which may negatively impact senior care. We have a great deal of work to do that will require a holistic approach to solving the problem. Over $11 billion per year is allocated from the budget to help cover some of the costs of taking care of our senior citizens. I asked Department of Health executive deputy secretary Keara Klinepeter and Department of Aging deputy secretary Jamie Buchenauer if they believe the suspended regulations had an adverse impact on seniors in these facilities.

PA Secretary of Health Cites school districts of ELANCO and Annville-Cleona as Having Cornavirus Outbreaks

Aug. 31, 2021 / Embed

The remarks were made by acting Health Secretary Alison Beam who joined Gov. Wolf in a press conference today announcing a mandatory order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers. The order takes effect 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

House GOP Policy Committee - Property Tax Reform

Aug. 30, 2021 / Embed

Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), a leading advocate for property tax elimination, hosted a public hearing of the House Majority Policy Committee at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center today to examine the complexities of property tax elimination in Pennsylvania and gain a better understanding of what is needed for such a plan to be successful. The hearing featured testimony from proponents and opponents of property tax elimination in Pennsylvania.

State Gov't Holds Hearing On Pension Systems

Aug. 25, 2021 / Embed

The House State Government Committee recently held public hearings on the state of Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems – SERS and PSERS – which currently account for 9.3% of Pennsylvania’s state budget. While Pennsylvania is moving away from costly defined benefit pension plans, many active members and annuitants remain. I asked Dr. Mark Warshawsky of the American Enterprise Institute about the sustainability of defined benefit plans and the risk of bankruptcy.

Rep. Frank Ryan Comments About Pension Hearings.

Aug. 18, 2021 / Embed

As a member of the House State Government Committee, I was encouraged by testimony on our need to address Pennsylvania's unfunded pension liability.

Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Tour of Fort Indiantown Gap

Jul. 30, 2021 / Embed

Members of the House VAEP Committee recently traveled to the Fort Indiantown Gap Military Complex to gain knowledge of it's functions and capabilities.

Ryan Votes Against Budget

Jun. 25, 2021 / Embed

Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) voted against the 2021-22 state budget bill because he said it would fail to protect future generations. He said now is the time for tough decisions.

Supporting Bill to Guarantee Access and Trust in PA Elections

Jun. 22, 2021 / Embed

During PA House debate, PA State Rep. Frank Ryan speaks in favor of the Voting Rights Protection Act.