My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Cox Comments on House Passage of Medical Marijuana Bill - 3/17/2016
Lawmakers in Harrisburg took the next step toward legalization of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania on Wednesday with the passage of an amended version of Senate Bill 3, which would allow for the use of cannabis in order to treat specific ailments. The legislation outlines how marijuana-related organizations will be regulated, and establishes an advisory board charged with reviewing Commonwealth law related to the production and distribution of prescription cannabis. Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks, Lancaster) said this is just the first step in the process to ensuring that patients can access the medications they need. Senate Bill 3 now returns to the Senate for concurrence of the amendments made by the House.
Rep. Cox Comments on Governor’s Budget Address - 2/9/2016
House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.
Rep. Cox Comments on Introduction of Property Tax Independence Act - 3/12/2013
Legislation that would completely eliminate school property taxes in favor of increases to the personal income tax and the sales tax was introduced in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Rep. Jim Cox(R-Berks), prime sponsor of House Bill 76, also known as the Property Tax Independence Act, said that Pennsylvanians could be free of school property taxes if lawmakers can agree on a small income and sales tax increase, and close loopholes in the sales tax code. Chuck Nichols reporting... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Jim Cox Introduces Local Government Employee Right to Work Bill - 1/22/2013
House Republicans unveiled a package of Right to Work legislation known as the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The six bill package is designed to end the practice of forced unionism as a condition of employment, and offer workers an opportunity to decide how they would like to spend the money they earn. Rep. Jim Cox(R-Berks), prime sponsor of House Bill 53, said his bill would apply specifically to local government workers. Chuck Nichols reporting... wrap and stand alone bite available.
House Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Property Tax Independence Bill Sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox - 5/22/2012
Testimony on the Property Tax Independence Act was heard by the House Finance Committee at a public hearing held this week in the state Capitol. House Bill 1776, sponsored by Representative Jim Cox (R-Berks), would replace school property tax as a source of funding for schools across the Commonwealth with new revenue based on sales and income taxes. After the hearing Rep. Cox said this is the beginning of the process that involves gathering input from all affected groups and discovering what changes might be necessary to move the legislation on to the full House for a vote. From Harrisburg, Mike Davies reporting... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Homeowners Rally in Harrisburg to Support Property Tax Elimination Legislation Sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox - 5/7/2012
Over a thousand Pennsylvania homeowners rallied Monday in the state capitol rotunda in Harrisburg to support legislation that would replace property taxation as the main source of revenue to pay for local schools. Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) sponsor of the Property Tax Independence Act, said his legislation is a bi-partisan effort to protect homeowners and senior citizens from being forced out of their homes by constantly increasing property taxes. From Harrisburg, Mike Davies reporting... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Cox Introduces Property Tax Independence Act to Replace School Property Taxes in PA with a Broad Based Sales and Income Tax Levy - 4/2/2012
New legislation to replace the use of property taxes to pay for local schools in Pennsylvania with a broad based combination of sales and income tax has been introduced this week in Harrisburg. Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) sponsor of the Property Tax Independence Act, said this is a bi-partisan effort to protect homeowners from constantly increasing property tax rates that are forcing seniors out of their homes, destroying the business climate and creating a crisis situation in many Pennsylvania communities. From Harrisburg, Mike Davies reporting... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Cox Comments on Bill Designating a Portion of Rte. 422 as Kyle D Pagerly Memorial Highway - 3/16/2012
Legislation designating a portion of State Route 422 from the Borough of Sinking Spring to Robesonia as the Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial Highway has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) said he sponsored House Bill 2027 to honor the memory of Pagerly, a deputy sheriff with the Berks County Sheriff’s Department, who was killed in the line of duty while attempting to serve a warrant. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Cox Invites Local Veterans to Receive Recognition for Their Service at a Veterans Day Event in West Lawn - 10/27/2011
Veterans who reside in the 129th legislative district in western Berks County will be honored for their service on this Veteran’s Day at a local ceremony hosted by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks). Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Cox Sponsors Bill to Give State Governments the Power to Help Close the Anchor Baby Loophole for Illegal Immigrants - 3/2/2011
A package of legislation aimed at helping Pennsylvania state government find solutions to the growing problems created by unchecked illegal immigration was introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday in Harrisburg. Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) sponsored a bill that would help to eliminate the anchor baby loophole for illegal aliens by requiring a higher standard for the definition of citizenship on birth certificates issued by state governments. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.