Violations of PA’s Child Labor Laws

Feb. 26, 2024 / Embed

At the budget hearing for PA Department of Labor and Industry, Rep. Lawrence asked whether those who violate child labor laws should compensate victims.

Rising Car Insurance Rates

Feb. 26, 2024 / Embed

Rep. John Lawerence asks what is causing car insurance rates to increase so high in Pennsylvania.

Status of New Joint State Laboratory Harrisburg

Feb. 22, 2024 / Embed

Status of New Joint State Laboratory Harrisburg.

Why Are These Not Tracked?

Feb. 22, 2024 / Embed

Rep. John Lawrence questions Sec. Kavulich on why the Department of Aging does not track the cause of death for individuals who were reported to Area Agencies on Aging for potential elder abuse.

Update on the City of Chester and Chester Water Authority

Feb. 20, 2024 / Embed

Update on the City of Chester and Chester Water Authority.

Lawrence Calls Out Partisan Vote Approving “Punitive and Aggressive” Tax Proposal

Oct. 03, 2023 / Embed

In a late-night, party line vote, House Democrats passed what some of observers are calling “one of the most punitive and aggressive tax proposals in the nation.” I voted against the proposal and sharply criticized the bill in the House chamber.

Lawrence Says PA’s $6 Billion in UC Fraud Demands Action

May. 23, 2023 / Embed

During floor debate on the 2023-24 state budget, I proposed an amendment that would fund investigations into fraudulent unemployment compensation (UC) claims. My amendment stems from a recent report by the PA Office of Inspector General (OIG), which revealed that Pennsylvania paid out an estimated $6 billion in fraudulent UC claims over the past two years.

Lawrence Opposes HB 299

May. 02, 2023 / Embed

Rep Lawrence speaks against House Bill 299, which creates a massive new OSHA-style regulatory regime affecting every municipality in Pennsylvania. This massive new unfunded mandate would also extend to food pantries, women’s shelters, and any other nonprofit that accepts even a nominal state grant.

Budget Secretary Asked About “Off-Line” Spending and Transparency

Apr. 14, 2023 / Embed

The Governor’s Budget Office responded to Rep. Lawrence’s questions concerning the appropriateness of state sales and income tax revenue being diverted away from the General Fund to cover major off-budget expenditures such as the PA State Police and mass transit, which he contends should be handled through the annual state budget.

Utility Ratepayers Bear Cost When Municipal Water/Sewer Authorities Sold

Apr. 14, 2023 / Embed

At the PA Public Utility Commission’s budget hearing, Rep. Lawrence asked PUC officials what ratepayers should expect if municipal water or sewer authorities, like Chester Water Authority, are sold.