My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Barrar Comments on Commencement of Wine Sales in Grocery Stores in PA - 10/14/2016
The first Acme grocery store in Delaware County licensed for private sale of wine and beer has begun operation thanks to legislation approved earlier this year in Harrisburg. Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) lauded the opening with other local lawmakers at a press conference on Thursday at Acme’s Concordville Town Centre Store, and said Pennsylvania is finally allowing the customer convenience that will keep shoppers from crossing state lines.
Rep. Barrar Calls for Essential Funding for Human Service Providers - 8/20/2015
State Lawmakers joined with non-profit service providers at a press conference on Thursday to call on the Governor to release funding for critical human service programs under his exemptions for health, safety, and welfare. Funding for providers and contractors has been suspended due to the Governor’s decision to forego his line item veto powers in favor of a full veto of the balanced spending plan offered by the legislature.
Barrar Bill to Update 911 Call Centers Signed Into Law - 6/29/2015
Legislation designed to provide funding to update and enhance the Commonwealth’s 911 emergency communications system has been signed into law. Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the 15 cent fee increase will provide the funding to ensure that the Commonwealth’s 911 centers are properly equipped and adequately staffed.
Barrar Comments on House Passage of His Bill to Update State's 911 Law - 5/5/2015
Legislation designed to update and enhance the Commonwealth’s 911 emergency communications law recently passed the House with bipartisan support. House Bill 911 calls for the funding of new system technology to accommodate cell phone users which now account for the bulk of emergency center calls. Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said a small investment now will help to ensure that Pennsylvania has up-to-date emergency information centers for years to come. Barrar’s Bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.
Chairman Barrar Comments on House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Informational Meeting on Ebola Preparedness - 10/23/2014
The Commonwealth's preparedness to deal with the treatment of persons infected with the Ebola virus was the topic of an informational meeting held Thursday by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in Harrisburg. Those presenting information before the committee included Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone, and PEMA Director Glenn Cannon. Other organizations providing testimony included representatives of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania. Committee Chairman Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) commented following the meeting.
Barrar Comments on Dedication of POW-MIA Chair of Honor - 10/15/2014
Lawmakers gathered in Harrisburg on Wednesday to honor and remember Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action by dedicating a POW-MIA Chair of Honor. Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said we must remember those who sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms and our nation.
Rep. Barrar's 911 Authorization Bill Passes House - 6/18/2014
Legislation that would extend the authorization to collect and disburse 911 emergency telephone surcharges was recently passed by the Pennsylvania House. Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said this will allow counties to maintain current 911 services while lawmakers examine potential upgrades and improvements to the emergency phone system. House Bill 2275 now moves the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols Reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Barrar Leads Rally to Support Exempting PA National Guard Technicians from Federal Sequestration Budget Cuts - 6/19/2013
State lawmakers joined members of the Pennsylvania National Guard Association Wednesday in the state capitol to call on congress to exempt 1800 PA National Guard technicians from furloughs resulting from federal budget sequestration cuts. Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led the rally marking passage of resolutions by both the House and Senate that support the exemption, stating that National Guard military technicians provide critical support and maintenance services that are essential during times of domestic emergency. From the state capitol, Mike Davies reporting.
House Approves Barrar Bill to Boost Veteran Enrollment in PA Public Universities - 4/10/2013
The Pennsylvania House unanimously approved legislation this week that would grant in-state tuition rates to eligible veterans and their dependents at Pennsylvania’s public institutions of higher learning. Prime sponsor of the bill and Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Services Committee Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) said the bill will help to compensate for recent changes made by the federal government to tuition reimbursement rules for veterans. Mike Davies reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Barrar Comments on House Passage of His Bill to Restructure E-911 Fund - 3/20/2013
Legislation designed to restructure the Commonwealth’s E-911 fund was passed earlier this week in a unanimous vote by the Pennsylvania House. The E-911 Wireless Fund is approaching bankruptcy, and House Bill 583 would call on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to provide counties with cost-cutting measures in an effort to ensure the continued viability of the program. Prime sponsor Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) said his bill would seek cost savings rather than impose increased fees for the 9-1-1 program. Rep. Barrar’s bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.