Latest Audio Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 PA House Podcast Session Week Wrap - 10/25/19 Oct. 25, 2019 Download This PA House Podcast – Weekly Session Wrap-Up for the week ending October 25, 2019 is now available. This brief public affairs report may be used in its entirety or edited for actualities to use in state government news coverage. Topics discussed in this week’s program include: • Helping our Struggling Volunteer Agencies • Legislation to Provide Tuition Assistance • Bills to Allow Property Tax Credits Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Barrar Comments on Bills to Aid Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Companies Oct. 21, 2019 Download A package of bills designed to help reinforce Pennsylvania’s ailing volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies was the main topic of discussion at an event in Harrisburg to recognize fire prevention month. Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester, Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the Commonwealth must do more to attract volunteers. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Barrar Pleased to see Landmark Legislation Offering College Education to PA National Guard Families Signed into Law Jul. 01, 2019 Download Landmark legislation that represents a big win for Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families was signed into law Monday in Harrisburg. The new law offers a free college education for a Pennsylvania National Guard member as well as their spouse and children in exchange for a a six-year reenlistment. The benefit can be used to attend any Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school free or for partial tuition benefits at other institutions of higher learning approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Bill sponsor Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House veterans Affairs and Emergency Services Committee, said it is hoped that the new education benefit program will increase enlistment retention among members of the PA National Guard. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Committee Supports Barrar’s Bill to Offer Free College Education to Families for PA National Guard Reenlistment Apr. 30, 2019 Download The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness (VAEP) Committee has unanimously supported legislation drafted by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would award a free college education to the spouse or a child of a Pennsylvania National Guard member who reenlists for another six years. The educational benefit could be used at any of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institutions. House Bill 1324 was approved by the committee on Tuesday and now moves to the full House for consideration. Committee Chairman Barrar said the legislation goes a long way to recognize the sacrifices put forth not only by National Guard members, but by their families as well. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Barrar and Commission Present Report on Improving First Responder Recruitment & Retention Nov. 28, 2018 Download A commission charged with studying the challenges facing Pennsylvania’s emergency service providers delivered a long-awaited report Wednesday in the state capitol that focuses on what needs to be done to improve recruitment and retention in the two critical fields of fire-fighting and emergency medical services. Co-chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Senate Resolution 6 Commission, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester & Delaware) said he feels the 27 specific recommendations in the report will help lawmakers draft the legislation needed to address the crisis in the recruitment and retention of community-based emergency service volunteers. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Lawmakers, EMS Personnel Rally to Save Our Ambulance Services Jun. 06, 2018 Download Lawmakers and EMS personnel from across the Commonwealth gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg Wednesday, calling for action on legislation that would address some of the financial challenges facing ambulance companies across the state. Speaking at the event were the prime sponsors of two legislative proposals that would increase Medicaid reimbursements to ambulance companies for services, and require reimbursement for service rendered by an ambulance company even if no patient transport takes place. Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Services Committee and sponsor of one of the bills offered comments at the event. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Barrar Comments on Commencement of Wine Sales in Grocery Stores in PA Oct. 14, 2016 Download 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.