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Kaufer Prime Sponsors Bill in Energize PA Package

Apr. 30, 2019  Download

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and fellow legislators unveiled “Energize PA,” a pro-growth, pro-jobs legislative package that will create jobs and redevelop infrastructure with no new fees or taxes. Turzai and House Republican bill sponsors spoke at a Capitol press conference this week in Harrisburg about the package that is designed to create jobs, re-use abandoned manufacturing sites, and streamline permitting processes for brownfields and other sites. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) is the prime sponsor of a bill in this package.

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Kaufer Leads Bi-partisan Group of Representatives in Unveiling Community Solar Legislation

Feb. 19, 2019  Download

As more and more Pennsylvanians turn to solar energy to power their homes, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation this week to allow for community solar projects in the Commonwealth. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) is the prime sponsor of a bill that would allow Pennsylvania property owners and renters, who are interested in relying on solar power, to have the option to join their neighbors in creating community solar projects and to receive credit on their electricity bill for the power that is produced.

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Rep. Kaufer Comments on House Passage of 2018-19 State Budget

Jun. 20, 2018  Download

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 General Appropriation bill (House Bill 2121) is on its way to the state Senate for consideration after the House of Representatives passed it Thursday by a vote of 188-10. The $32.7 billion spending plan increases growth by 1.7 percent, which is below the rate of inflation (2.13 percent), requires no additional taxes or revenues and officially erases a deficit. The budget also includes a record high $12.3 billion investment in education from pre-k through 12th grade, with additional increases in funding for career and technical education as well as higher education. The budget bill is expected to be sent to the governor prior to June 30, after anticipated Senate passage.

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Rep. Kaufer Comments on House Republican Welfare Reform Plan

Jan. 02, 2018  Download

House Republican lawmakers called for action on legislation to help contain costs and bring real reform to Pennsylvania’s welfare system. Reps. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) announced a package of bills Tuesday in Harrisburg to give more Pennsylvania families an opportunity to improve their quality of life, while tackling waste, fraud and abuse from within the current benefit system. The package also contains measures aimed at enhancing the value of work and strong families, while recognizing that those receiving benefits need help to gain financial independence, not continue a life of dependence. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) spoke at the news conference and offered comments on the package of legislation.

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Rep. Kaufer Voices Support for Maintaining Independent Status of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Apr. 05, 2017  Download

Advocates who are opposed to the consolidation of state social service agencies, including the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, into a larger state bureaucracy rallied in the state Capitol Wednesday. Public testimony was heard about budget related agency consolidation proposals and questions were raised about the future status of specific state programs, the effects on customer service and how consolidation could limit input from populations served by as many as four state agencies. State lawmakers joined in the show of support for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and how it has played a positive role in helping many citizens to recover from opioid drug addiction. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) offered comments on this issue.

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Kaufer Comments on Opioid Crisis in PA

Sep. 29, 2016  Download

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf spoke before a joint session of the General Assembly about Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid and heroin abuse crisis, calling for the legislature to address access and abuse of the drugs, from prescription to disposal.

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Rep. Kaufer Comments on Efforts to Educate, Prevent Opioid Addiction

Sep. 20, 2016  Download

The PA-HOPE Caucus recently held a press conference in Harrisburg to promote efforts to combat drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) joined the Governor and several lawmakers in calling for action on legislation designed to prevent and slow the spread of opioid abuse, as well as expedite treatment for those suffering from addiction.

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Kaufer Encourages Action on Bills to Combat Opioid Addiction

Sep. 08, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to address Pennsylvania’s ongoing battle with opioid addiction was the topic of a press conference held recently by Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne). Kaufer has introduced a package of legislation centered on a bill that would focus on providing addicts with medical treatment for their disease, and called for the legislature in a special session to consider ways to combat the effects of opioid addiction in Pennsylvania.

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Kaufer Comments on Hearings about the Growing Drug Epidemic in PA

Aug. 03, 2016  Download

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are continuing a series of statewide hearings aimed at finding better ways to tackle Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis. The second of eight hearings was held Tuesday in Pittsburgh and included testimony from regional representatives of human services, medical and law enforcement organizations about the growing drug epidemic and what new strategies are needed to address the situation. The General Assembly will be convening a special session on the opioid crisis this fall in Harrisburg. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) is attending the hearings and said this joint effort is the first step in finding what solutions will be essential to successfully addressing the drug addiction problems now facing the state.

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Rep. Kaufer Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction

Jun. 23, 2016  Download

Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.