My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Toepel Comments on Bill to Make Strangulation a Felony Offense - 10/28/2015
Legislation designed to close a loophole that currently allows many domestic abusers to escape prosecution has been introduced in Harrisburg. House Bill 1581 would give law enforcement a tool to prosecute criminals who strangle their victims, regardless of whether the victim suffered visible physical injuries.
Rep. Toepel Comments on Budget Delay, Governor's Continued Calls for 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.
Rep. Toepel Comments Child Protection Bills Signed into Law - 12/19/2013
A package of legislation to update and strengthen the Commonwealth’s child protection laws has been signed into law. The bills signed by the Governor on Wednesday included legislation designed to clarify and modernize the legal definition of child abuse. Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) said her bill will define and increase penalties for the offense of child pornography. The package of child protection bills was derived from the recommendations of the Task Force on Child Protection formed in the wake of the Penn State Sandusky investigation. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Toepel Comments on House Passage of On-Time State Budget - 6/30/2013
The Pennsylvania House approved a $28.3 billion state budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year Sunday in Harrisburg. Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon Co.) said he supported this year’s on-time state budget because it meets the core needs of Pennsylvania citizens without requiring additional taxes. Mike Davies reporting... story and bite available.
Rep. Toepel Comments on Bill to Give Voice to Victims in Parole Hearings - 3/7/2013
Lawmakers and law enforcement officials gathered at the Montgomery County Detective Bureau in Norristown on Wednesday to unveil legislation that would give crime victims more influence at parole hearings in Pennsylvania. Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), co-sponsor of House Bill 492, said direct victim testimony has more impact than a written statement. Current law allows only written testimony from victims, while giving potential parolees the advantage of a personal interview. Chuck Nichols reports, a wrap and stand-alone bite are available.
Rep. Toepel Named as a Deputy Whip of the House Republican Caucus - 1/14/2013
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has returned to session in Harrisburg this week in order to complete the reorganization process and finalize committee assignments. Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) has been newly appointed to serve as a deputy Whip of the House Republican Caucus. Toepel said she looks forward to working with fellow legislators to address a wide variety of issues facing the Commonwealth in the coming term. Mike Davies reports, a wrap and stand-alone bite are available.
Rep. Toepel Leads Effort to Target Local Casino Revenues to Parks and Human Service Programs in Montgomery County - 7/16/2012
Legislation designed to focus distribution of Montgomery County’s share of casino revenue from the Valley Forge Resort and Casino on local parks and nonprofit organizations has been introduced in the state House. Bill sponsor Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) was joined by other state lawmakers and county commissioners in unveiling the legislation on Monday that would specifically direct gaming revenues to support county parks and social service agencies. Mike Davies reports, story and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Toepel Comments on Governor's Budget Address - 2/7/2012
Holding the line on state spending was the theme of Governor Corbett’s budget address delivered Tuesday before a joint session of the General Assembly in Harrisburg. The $27.1 billion spending plan is actually a small reduction in spending from last year and includes efforts to clamp down on budget growth and control administrative spending while ensuring no new tax increases. Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) said lawmakers must craft a budget that reflects current economic realities. Chuck Nichols Reports - Story and Bite available.
Rep. Toepel Comments on Signing of Megan's Law Update Legislation - 12/20/2011
Legislation designed to bring Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 has been signed into law. Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) said the state must make every effort to ensure that children are safe from sexual predators. Chuck Nichols reports, story and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Marcy Toepel Comments on House Passage of Budget - 6/29/2011
The Pennsylvania House has passed a $27.15 billion spending plan, completing the budget before the constitutional deadline of June 30. The budget includes no tax increases, and reduces overall spending from the previous year. Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) said she is happy that the legislature altered overall education spending from the Governor’s original proposal. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.