Thursday, April 11, 2013
If State Rep. Steve Santarsiero's bill is passed, Pennsylvania would be the sixth state to close the loophole for background checks on long guns in private sales.
Thursday, April 11
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero is calling for a vote on a bill that would expand background checks on firearms sales. His sponsored legislation, House Bill 1010, would require universal background checks for all firearm sales. “Right now in Pennsylvania, criminals may lawfully purchase an assault rifle even though it is illegal for that same criminal to purchase a handgun,” Santarsiero said during a news conference in Harrisburg Wednesday. Santarsiero said a loophole in Pennsylvania’s background check laws allows private, non-licensed sellers to sell long-barrel guns, including assault rifles, without conducting a background check on the buyer. If Santarsiero's bill is passed, Pennsylvania would be the sixth state to close the loophole for …
Monday, March 25, 2013
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero is moving his district office from Sycamore Street to Yardley.
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero is relocating his district office from Sycamore Street to Yardley Borough. The new district office will be located at 19 E. Afton Ave. in Yardley. The move will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. The office will reopen in Yardley with full service on April 1. The new phone number will be 215-493-5420. Constituents will be invited to an open house slated for later in May, according to a press release. If constituents need assistance with state-related matters between Tuesday and April 1, they should contact Santarsiero's Harrisburg office at 717-787-5475.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer would not say whether he believes in global warming after being asked by House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Steve Santarsiero.
The state's head environmental official is in denial about global warming, Rep. Steve Santarsiero said in a statement Wednesday. Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection secretary would not say whether he believes in global warming after being asked by Santarsiero, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, the lawmaker said in a press release. According to Santarsiero, who is Newtown's state representative, he asked DEP Secretary Michael Krancer the question during budget testimony Wednesday. "While Krancer did acknowledge that fewer carbon emissions were better, he could not say why he believed that to be the case," the press release said. "It's amazing to me that the highest environmental official in Pennsylvania …
Monday, January 21, 2013
His proposal, which he also introduced in 2010 soon after the decision and again last session in 2011, initiates a federal constitutional amendment through the state process.
Monday, January 21
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, announced last week he will again introduce legislation to address the effects of campaign spending in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. His proposal, which he also introduced in 2010 soon after the decision and again last session in 2011, initiates a federal constitutional amendment through the state process. Specifically, his legislation is a concurrent resolution calling for a U.S. Congressional convention to amend the Constitution on the subject of election spending. Included in the amendment is the specific language for the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to specifically allow Congress and the states to pass laws limiting the amount of money that can be …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Santarsiero on Thursday presented $1,210 to both the Newtown Township Police Department and the Lower Makefield Township Police Department to support the D.A.R.E. program.
For the second year in a row, State Rep. Steve Santarsiero has donated his cost-of-living raise to D.A.R.E. programs run by police departments in Newtown and Lower Makefield townships. Santarsiero on Thursday presented $1,210 to each department to help fund Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs in the Council Rock and Pennsbury school districts. Lt. Robert Matthews and Sgt. Mark Pentz accepted the donation on behalf of the Newtown Township Police Department. Chief Ken Coluzzi and Officer Michael Pell accepted on behalf of the Lower Makefield Township Police Department “Finding funding for our community’s D.A.R.E. programs has been a priority for me since I began public service,” Santarsiero said. “Few drug awareness programs boast the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Newtown's state representative will serve on the House Appropriations, Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Transportation committees.
Tuesday, January 15
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, has been appointed to serve on the House Appropriations, Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Transportation committees for the 2013-14 legislative session, according to a press release from the House Democratic Communications Office. Santarsiero will serve as Democratic secretary of the Education Committee. He will serve as the subcommittee chairman on railroads within the Transportation Committee. He was also appointed to the Ethics Committee, which is not a standing committee, but seeks to maintain that members of the chamber uphold standards of conduct in accordance with House rules. Santarsiero, who has served on the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee since 2009, the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Democrat Steve Santarsiero defeated Republican Anne Chapman.
Voters re-elected Democrat Steve Santarsiero to serve as State Representative of the 31st Legislative District. Santarsiero defeated Republican Anne Chapman. He received 20,495 votes to Chapman's 15,010 votes. The 31st District includes Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough and parts of Upper Makefield Township.
Monday, October 15, 2012
House Bill 2688 would offer a state income tax credit for 50 percent of tolls paid, with a $500 cap per filer
Monday, October 15, 2012
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, has introduced a House bill that would establish a commuter and commerce toll tax credit. House Bill 2688 would offer a state income tax credit for 50 percent of tolls paid, with a $500 cap per filer. Eligible tolls would include those on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and bridges across the Delaware River. Individuals, corporations, or small businesses with tax liability would be eligible. “Many residents in the Newtown-Yardley area travel the turnpike and cross over into New Jersey to commute back and forth to work each day,” Santarsiero said. “Additionally many of our local small businesses take these same routes and could benefit from the relief this tax credit would bring.” “This is a reasonable …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The event will be held Thursday in Yardley.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, will hold a Veterans Appreciation Night at 7 p.m. Thursday at Makefield Elementary School, 1939 Makefield Road, Yardley. Veterans can receive veteran ID cards and plug into seminars on employment and benefits at the free event. Among the Bucks County agencies attending will be the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Center, the Workforce Investment Board and CareerLink. Representatives from the VFW, American Legion, state Department of Education, Bucks County Community College and Lower Makefield Veterans Committee also will attend.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Julie Bealuk was given an honorary copy of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives resolution declaring September 2012 as “Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.”
Monday, October 1, 2012
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero last week presented Lower Makefield Township resident and thyroid cancer survivor Julie Bealuk with an honorary copy of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives resolution declaring September 2012 as “Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.” Bealuk, a 41-year-old mother of two, was diagnosed with stage II papillary and follicular thyroid cancer at 29, just weeks after giving birth to her youngest daughter. “At the time I had never heard of thyroid cancer and had no idea how much of an important role the thyroid has in our bodies,” Bealuk said. “I have since learned that so many women in our area have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer – most recently a friend’s 17-year-old niece. This most recent diagnosis has been …