SINKING SPRING – After serving the residents of the 129th Legislative District since he first took office in 2007, state Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) today announced he will not seek another term in the state Legislature when his current two-year term expires on Nov. 30.
WHAT: Two House Labor and Industry Committee hearings on Thursday to gather information related to two separate topics.
WHAT: A House Labor and Industry Committee meeting to vote on several bills aimed at protecting public union workers’ personal information, providing public union workers with information about their rights, bringing additional transparency to the collective bargaining process by subjecting certain documents to Right-to-Know Law provisions, updating Pennsylvania’s collective bargaining laws to bring them in line with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and preventing public employers from collecting political campaign contributions from union workers.
HARRISBURG – The COVID-19 pandemic forced Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system to adapt by enabling displaced workers and employers to participate by video in unemployment compensation appeal hearings. The state House today approved a bill introduced by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) to make sure the system remains modernized and doesn’t slip back into its old, inconvenient ways.
WHAT: With many Pennsylvanians still unable to access Unemployment Compensation benefits they applied for during the global COVID-19 pandemic and after the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry late last year failed to meet its deadline to launch a revamped unemployment compensation benefits system, the House Labor and Industry Committee will convene an informational hearing to learn about the status of the thousands of unresolved claims as well as to receive an update related to the progress toward the launch of the renovated system.
HARRISBURG – A group of state lawmakers performing extensive analysis of election data today revealed troubling discrepancies between the numbers of total votes counted and total number of voters who voted in the 2020 General Election, and as a result are questioning how the results of the presidential election could possibly have been certified by Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar and Governor Tom Wolf. These findings are in addition to prior concerns regarding actions by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Secretary, and others impacting the conduct of the election.
HARRISBURG – With thousands of unemployed Pennsylvanians still waiting for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to process their unemployment compensation claims, House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) this week was dismayed to learn some department staff are focused on enforcing COVID-19 restrictions on employers rather than helping unemployed workers.
HARRISBURG – The results of the 2020 Pennsylvania general election should not be certified until the state Legislature is able to complete a fair and comprehensive audit to ensure the integrity of the outcome. That is the stance local state Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) took this week in the state Capitol, and a group of state representatives shares his perspective.
HARRISBURG – After voting today in Harrisburg to override the governor’s recent veto of legislation that would empower local school districts to establish health and safety standards for sports and other extracurricular activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, but watching that effort fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, state Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Thousands of Pennsylvania families relying on unemployment compensation benefits to put food on their tables and roofs over their heads may have to begin applying for those benefits using a brand-new system beginning Oct. 5.
WHAT: With so many Pennsylvanians relying on Unemployment Compensation benefits due to the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Labor and Industry Committee will convene an informational hearing to discuss whether the Department of Labor and Industry is ready to proceed with its transition to a new benefit application process in early October or if such a transition could hamper unemployed Pennsylvanians’ access to their benefits.
HARRISBURG – Thousands of honest, hard-working and eligible Pennsylvania workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic still have not received the unemployment compensation (UC) benefits they deserve.
WHAT: With so many Pennsylvanians applying for Unemployment Compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic and some of them still waiting to receive answers, the House Labor and Industry Committee will host a virtual informational meeting to identify reasons behind the system’s failure at the time applicants and their families needed it to work.
HARRISBURG – More than one out of every four Pennsylvanians has applied for unemployment compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly one out of every 10 eligible applicants still has not received benefits. With so many eligible Pennsylvanians still waiting for relief from a system they paid into for years, House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) plans to hold a hearing in Harrisburg on Aug. 12 to get some answers.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Seth Grove (R-York), Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) and Jim Cox (R-Bucks/Lancaster) were joined by advocates to discuss a package of legislation to put small businesses on equal footing when it comes to taxes.
HARRISBURG – The state House today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) that would help health care professionals identify and treat patients who previously overdosed on opioids.
HARRISBURG – The state House Health Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) that would help health care professionals identify and treat patients who previously overdosed on opioids.
WHAT: House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) and House Commerce Committee Chairman Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) will host a joint hearing to receive testimony from Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale regarding a recent performance audit report published by his office pertaining to Pennsylvania’s workforce development system.
WHAT: House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) will host a committee meeting where members will consider House Bill 785, introduced by Rep. Kate Klunk (York), that would provide non-union workers in public-sector union shops with information about their First Amendment rights and also repeal “fair share fee” provisions of Pennsylvania’s labor laws that were recently deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
WHAT: House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) will host an informational hearing to identify problems, issues and opportunities for improvement in the state’s workers’ compensation system related to the prescribing of opioid medications and whether it plays a part in the overall opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.