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Schemel Supports Bill Protecting Unborn Children with Down Syndrome from Abortion

Mar. 20, 2019  Download

Lawmakers and Down syndrome advocates rallied in Harrisburg on Wednesday in support of legislation that would protect unborn children from being aborted because they have been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Under current Pennsylvania law, an abortion can be performed prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason if a doctor deems it is necessary, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child. This legislation would expand the exception to prohibit aborting the child solely due to a prenatal diagnosis that the unborn baby has Down syndrome. House Bill 321 is similar to legislation approved in a previous session of the House. Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) attended a capitol press conference in support of the bill.

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Rep. Schemel Proposes Alternative Method to Address Child Sex Abuse

Sep. 17, 2018  Download

At a press conference held on Monday at the State Capitol, Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) unveiled a proposal to provide an alternative to civil lawsuits when addressing child sex abuse cases. Schemel’s proposal would create a “Truth and Restoration Commission” that would receive testimony from victims and the institutions who may have harbored those responsible for the abuse. Victims would be financially compensated by the commission from a pool of funds supported by those institutions.

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Rep. Schemel Comments on Bill to Prohibit Down Syndrome Abortions

Mar. 12, 2018  Download

Eliminating abortion procedures that are performed specifically to prevent the birth of Down syndrome children was the topic of a rally held Monday in the state capitol. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) were joined by other lawmakers in support of their bill, which would amend the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act to prevent the abortion of any child solely due to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome. Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) commented on the proposed legislation.

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Rep. Schemel Comments on "Taxpayers Budget"

Sep. 05, 2017  Download

In an effort to protect Pennsylvanians from widespread tax increases proposed as a method to close the state’s budget deficit, a group of House Republican Lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bring the Commonwealth’s spending plan into balance without dipping into the checkbooks of taxpayers. The “Taxpayer’s Budget” would utilize money currently sitting idle in over 200 state-held accounts and redirect it to close budgetary shortfalls.

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Rep. Schemel Comments on Legislation to Improve Women’s Access to Health Care

May. 09, 2017  Download

Legislation designed to change the way the state allocates money for family planning has been unveiled in Harrisburg. At a press conference held on Tuesday at the State Capitol, Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation that would prioritize public funding for women’s health. Schemel said his bill would allow healthcare providers which at one time only provided diagnostic services to treat conditions as well.

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Rep. Schemel Participates in Reset of Pennsylvania’s Pension Debt Clock

Jan. 25, 2017  Download

Lawmakers joined with pension reform advocates Tuesday in the state capitol to participate in a reset of Pennsylvania’s Pension Debt Clock and call for a real solution to the state’s public pension crisis. The clock was unveiled last year to bring attention to the unfunded liability of Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems. The pension debt balance is now over $70 billion, an amount that has grown over the past year by nearly $30 million a day. At the event Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) called for swift legislative action to help the Commonwealth meet its obligations to the financially troubled retirement plans before the debt burden becomes unsurmountable.

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Schemel Comments on Opioid Crisis in PA

Sep. 29, 2016  Download

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf spoke before a joint session of the General Assembly about Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid and heroin abuse crisis, calling for the legislature to address access and abuse of the drugs, from prescription to disposal.

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Rep. Schemel Reacts to Governor’s Budget Announcement

Mar. 24, 2016  Download

At a press conference held at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he intends to allow a budget approved by the General Assembly last week to become law without his signature. The move signals the end of a nine-month fiscal impasse in Pennsylvania. The 30 billion dollar spending plan allows money to flow to schools, corrections, and agriculture programs that had been held hostage during negotiations.

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Rep. Schemel Comments on Governor’s Budget Address

Feb. 09, 2016  Download

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.