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My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Keller Transparency Legislation Advances to Senate
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Legislation to require school boards to provide no less than forty-eight hours public notice prior to voting on proposed collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts was recently approved by the Pennsylvania House in Harrisburg. Bill sponsor Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) said the legislation is designed to provide taxpayers with increased access to financial information and help ensure fiscal accountability. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on Legislation to Reduce RACP Borrowing Limit
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Legislation designed to reform the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) received unanimous bipartisan support from the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday. House Bill 493 would reduce the RACP debt ceiling by $600 million dollars and implement controls to ensure new projects are worthy of inclusion in the program which has long been plagued by spending abuse. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder, Union) said the RACP program has grown out of control and measures must be put in place to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for wasteful projects. House Bill 493 now awaits the Governor’s signature. Chuck Nichols reports... wraps and stand alone bites are available.
Rep. Fred Keller Chairs Committee Hearing on Prevailing Wage
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Legislation that would revise the Commonwealth’s prevailing wage law was the topic of a recent hearing held by the House Labor and Industry Committee in Johnstown. The committee heard testimony on legislation that would change the monetary threshold for when taxpayer funded projects fall under the Prevailing Wage Act, from the current level set in 1963 to a more modern standard. Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union), who chaired the hearing, said an update of the existing prevailing wage law is long overdue and would provide much needed financial relief to local governments. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on Introduction of Pension Reform Legislation
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House and Senate lawmakers joined Governor Corbett this week in Harrisburg to introduce a pair of bills designed to provide significant short- and long- term relief for the underfunded State Employee Retirement System (SERS) and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union) said this is a serious fiscal crisis and steps must be taken now in order for both of the pension systems to remain solvent. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Introduces State Employee Right to Work Bill
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House Republicans unveiled a package of Right to Work legislation known as the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The six bill package is designed to end the practice of forced unionism as a condition of employment, and offer workers a choice on how to spend the money they earn. Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union), prime sponsor of House Bill 52, said his bill would allow state workers to avoid compulsory union dues. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Says Bill to Ensure Solvency of PA’s Unemployment Compensation Fund Headed to Governor’s Desk
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Legislation to ensure the fiscal health of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation fund has received final approval from the state House and will now move on to the governor’s desk for his signature. Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union) said that by borrowing to pay off the debt owed to the federal government, businesses will save money and continue to grow and provide jobs in the commonwealth. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on House Passage of Legislation to Reduce Size of PA General Assembly
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Landmark legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly was approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder, Union) said a reduction in the size of the legislature could result in significant cost savings, and lead to a more efficient government. Chuck Nichols reports – story and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Calls for Action on Prevailing Wage Legislation
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On the 50th anniversary of the state’s Prevailing Wage Act, House lawmakers joined industry officials in calling for action on a package of bills to reform the law and make sure it is working in the best interest of Pennsylvania Taxpayers. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) prime sponsor of House Bill 1329 said his bill would raise the spending threshold that would require a project fall under the prevailing wage system. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on Signing of Bath Salts Ban Legislation
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Legislation banning the sale of “bath salts” and other synthetic look-alike drugs has been signed by Governor Corbett. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder, Union) said this legislation will give police the tools they need to get these dangerous drugs off the streets. The ban will take effect in 60 days. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on House Passage of Castle Doctrine
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Castle Doctrine legislation that would strengthen the right of Pennsylvania citizens to use deadly force if necessary in self defense was approved Tuesday in the state House. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) said this bill makes clear that law abiding citizens may protect themselves and their families and may even discourage some criminal activity. Mike Davies Reports - Story and Bite available.