My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Stephens Comments on First Wine Sales at Montgomeryville Wegmans - 10/28/2016
Legislation recently took effect to begin dismantling the Commonwealth’s monopoly on wine and spirit sales within the state. Due to the new law, wine is now being sold in Pennsylvania grocery stores for the first time since prohibition. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined Wegmans officials on Friday for the grand opening of wine sales at its Montgomeryville store. Stephens said the move toward privatization will only bring better options for consumers in PA.
Rep. Stephenson Comments on Introduction of a Package of Bills Aimed at Dealing with Opioid Addiction - 11/17/2015
A package of legislation aimed at dealing with a broad range of problems brought about by the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications in Pennsylvania was recently introduced in Harrisburg. The six bills are the result of a comprehensive review by a legislative task force of the widespread use of opioid drugs and what actions are presently being taken by state agencies, law enforcement, healthcare organizations and addiction service providers. At a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said he is pleased to see this package of bills introduced because opioid addiction is a driving force behind a wide number of crimes in the state of Pennsylvania.
Rep. Stephens Comments on New Law to Prosecute Animal Fighting Perpetrators - 9/23/2015
Law enforcement officials will have a new tool to combat perpetrators of animal fighting, thanks to a recently enacted law in Pennsylvania. Act 24 of 2015 creates the offense of “possession of animal fighting paraphernalia,” with punishment of up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine. Prime sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), said police will no longer have to catch an animal fight in progress to prosecute those who abuse animals for profit.
Rep. Stephens Comments on Budget Delay, Governor's Obsession With Increased Taxes - 7/20/2015
House members from the Delaware and Montgomery County Republican delegation voiced their criticism of tactics used by Gov. Tom Wolf in the current budget standoff during a news conference held Monday at the Montgomery County Court House. In early July the governor acted to veto a balanced spending plan for 2015-16 that would have increased school funding without need for any tax increase, and subsequently vetoed landmark pension reform and liquor privatization legislation. Republican House members characterized the governor’s actions as counterproductive and condemned the tactic of using a Washington DC headquartered lobbying group to wage a negative campaign against Republican House members who voted to hold the line on tax increases.
Stephens Supports Judiciary Committee Move to Condemn Governor Wolf’s Failure to Implement PA Death Penalty - 6/9/2015
Less than a week after Pennsylvania’s governor failed for the second time since taking office to carry out a lawfully imposed death sentence, the House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a resolution condemning his actions. House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said the governor’s unilateral action to bypass the court ordered death sentences for convicted murderers fails to provide true justice for the crime victims and their families.
Stephens’ Bill to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence Signed into Law - 11/18/2014
Legislation to ensure crime victims are not being targeted by unfair local regulations when calling for emergency assistance was signed into law this week by the governor. Act 200 is aimed at changing local government ordinances used across the state that deal with nuisance rental properties by penalizing the residents or landlords when police or emergency units are repeatedly dispatched to a specific address. Bill sponsor Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said his legislation was based on the experience of a local domestic crime victim who found herself facing eviction from her home simply for calling the police for help.
Rep. Stephens Comments on Domestic Violence Awareness Month in PA - 10/14/2014
Lawmakers gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on Tuesday for a press conference to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), said legislators must take steps to show how domestic violence harms people of all ages and backgrounds in our communities.
Rep. Stephens’ Bill to Improve Background Checks on Gun Purchases Approved by House - 10/7/2014
The House has passed legislation to require the Pennsylvania State Police to send pertinent mental health data within 90 days to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System used to investigate the background of out-of-state gun purchasers. Sponsor of House Bill 1243, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), said his legislation would help to ensure those who have been involuntarily committed to mental health institutions and are prohibited from possessing firearms in Pennsylvania do not fall through the cracks, and improperly be permitted to purchase firearms in other states.
Rep. Stephens Comments on Bill to Prevent Convicts from Further Traumatizing Crime Victims while Behind Bars - 10/7/2014
The Pennsylvania House is poised to consider legislation designed to help prevent convicted criminals from freely engaging in actions while behind bars that cause emotional distress to the victims of their crimes. The bill is a response to the public outrage over a recent commencement speech delivered from prison by convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal at Goddard College in Vermont. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said this legislation would give crime victims and survivors legal recourse to prevent incarcerated convicts from exploiting the notoriety gained from their crimes.
Rep. Stephens Comments on Passage of State Budget Bill - 6/30/2014
The Pennsylvania House gave final approval to a $29.09 billion on-time state budget Monday in the state capitol that provides for a record high investment in public education without increasing the burden on taxpayers.