Post Election Audits

Nov. 09, 2021 / Embed

The House State Government Committee, of which I am a member, advanced legislation I co-prime-sponsored, that would require the Commonwealth and each county to perform post-election audits after each election using an approved auditing method. House Bill 1482 aims to strengthen election security and integrity, confirm the accuracy of election outcomes and provide confidence to voters that their votes are being counted accurately.

Committee Advances Lobbying Reform Measures

Oct. 26, 2021 / Embed

The House State Government Committee, on which I serve, advanced lobbying reform legislation, including House Bill 1009, which I co-sponsored. This bill would impose a gift ban for public officials and staff. I spoke in committee about the importance of this legislation to help ensure ethical behavior and protect the public interest.

Committee Aims to Prevent Conflicts of Interest in Lobbying

Oct. 26, 2021 / Embed

The House State Government Committee voted to approve House Resolution 1114, which would urge the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to consider regulations on lawyers and certain lobbying activities to ensure transparency and to prevent conflicts of interest. One practice I find particularly problematic is the payment of referral fees to lawyers when they make referrals to lobbyists. This legislation would address this.

Working to Ensure Continuity of Care at PA Veterans’ Homes

Oct. 19, 2021 / Embed

The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, of which I am a member, held a public hearing on my legislation to reform and strengthen Pennsylvania’s six veterans’ homes. These facilities should offer residents the quality medical, clinical, and nursing care necessary to live a safe, active and healthy life, but pandemic-related failings outlined in a recent report show otherwise. House Bill 1965 would establish the Statewide Veterans’ Home Advisory Board within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to provide oversight of our veterans’ homes, and would improve continuity of care by realigning the local advisory committees for each of the six homes in the same manner.

Ryan's House Bill 1836 Advances

Sep. 28, 2021 / Embed

The House Judiciary Committee advanced my legislation to further define the offense of torture as it relates to children. House Bill 1836 is included in a package of bills in memory of 12-year-old Maxwell Shollenberger of Annville, who died last year after being tortured, neglected and murdered by his father, Scott Schollenberger, and his fiancé Kimberly Mauer.

Voter I.D. Bill Advances

Sep. 27, 2021 / Embed

The House State Government Committee advanced legislation I co-sponsored to require voter ID in Pennsylvania. House Bill 1596 would put a referendum question before voters on whether to amend the state constitution to require voter ID.

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.