Allegheny, Washington County Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Bill to Address Access to Public Records during Disaster Emergency

Jul. 22, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Republican members from Allegheny and Washington counties today expressed outrage at Gov. Tom Wolf’s statements that he plans to veto a government transparency bill (House Bill 2463) that addresses access to public records during a disaster declaration and received unanimous support from the Legislature. In response, Reps. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington), Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland), Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette), Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington), Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny), Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) and Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) issued the following statement:

Brooks Approves Stabilizing Budget Bill that Fully Funds Education for Next 12 Months

May. 26, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today passed a stabilizing, temporary budget bill that will fund the majority of the state for the next five months with the exception of education, which will be funded for the next 12 months. Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland), who voted to approve the measure, released the following statement.

Violating Law/Safety Standards, Allegheny County’s Primary Election Day Plan Must Be Rescinded, House Members Say

May. 22, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Presenting how Allegheny County’s Primary Election Day polling place consolidation plan violates both the letter and spirit of the law, members of the Allegheny County Republican House delegation called on Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathryn Boockvar to reverse her approval. The state legislators who signed the letter are Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and Reps. Natalie Mihalek, Jason Ortitay, Bob Brooks, Lori Mizgorski and Mike Puskaric.

Brooks to Introduce Legislation to Reopen Indoor Sports and Recreational Activities

May. 13, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Recognizing the restrictions of recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to exercise, Rep. Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that he will be introducing legislation that will allow Pennsylvanians to engage in their favorite indoor sports and recreation activities beginning on Monday, June 1.

House Republicans Move to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Apr. 30, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – As daily announcements from Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine say, expanded testing is the most crucial step in saving lives and helping Pennsylvania get back to normal. However, House Democrats disagreed, blocking the two-thirds vote required to pass an emergency bill to expand testing to Pennsylvanians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.

Speaker Turzai, Members of the Allegheny County Delegation Ask Secretary of Health to Allow Hospitals to Open in Allegheny County

Apr. 27, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, joined by members of the Allegheny County House delegation, sent the attached letter to Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, requesting she allow hospitals and health systems in the Allegheny County area to reopen to allow for the treatment of COVID-19 patients as well as the pre-planned, medically necessary surgeries that are currently being prevented.

Brooks Responds to Wolf’s Order for Worker Safety During COVID-19 - Lawmaker says the governor has gone too far with his directive

Apr. 17, 2020 /

MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, under her authority, is permitted to take any disease-control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease. Secretary Levine signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deer Lakes to implement remote instruction, beginning on March 25

Mar. 24, 2020 /

WEST DEER, Pa. – Superintendent Dr. Janell Logue-Belden announced today that beginning next Wednesday, March 25, the Deer Lakes School District teachers will implement remote instruction for all grades. These are mandatory school days and teachers will assess the students’ work based on the curriculum.

Brooks Says Pennsylvania Government Acting Irrationally

Mar. 20, 2020 /

Lawmaker responds to governor’s business shutdown MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all non-life-sustaining business in Pennsylvania:

School Districts Receive School Safety and Security Grants, Says Brooks

Feb. 27, 2020 /

MURRYSVILLE - Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including Deer Lakes, Burrell, Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Penn Trafford.