My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. O’Neill Comments on Basic Education Funding Commission Recommendations and Report - 6/18/2015
The Basic Education Funding Commission released a report and recommendations Thursday calling for adoption of a new, more equitable formula to distribute state funding to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. Commission member Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) said the bipartisan group worked hard to develop a funding plan which takes into account the essential factors to provide fair and predictable funding for all school districts in the state.
O’Neill Bill Creating a New Formula for Special Education Funding Approved by House Education Committee - 4/9/2014
Legislation to create a new formula for distributing state special education funding has been approved by the House Education Committee in Harrisburg. House Bill 2138 provides for special education funding to school districts, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and approved private schools, based on the recommendations a report released in December of last year by the Special Education Funding Commission. Bill sponsor and co-chair of the commission, Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), said the goal is to ensure that every school receives the funding needed to provide a proper education to children with special needs. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
House Supports O’Neill Bill To Investigate Basic Education Funding Formula - 1/16/2014
Legislation to take a fresh look at how Pennsylvania distributes state funding for basic education was passed overwhelmingly this week by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), the prime sponsor of House Bill 1738, said goal is to find a way to more fairly distribute billions in state basic education subsidies while continuing to ensure a quality education for all of the students in the state’s 500 school districts. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
Rep. O’Neill 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. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) said his bill will help protect children by allowing the Department of Welfare and law enforcement entities to share information. 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. O'Neill Comments on Special Education Funding Formula Report - 12/11/2013
The Special Education Funding Formula Commission has released its final report and recommendations for how to fairly distribute state dollars for the education of students with special needs. Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), co-chair of the Commission, said the new funding formula would take each student and their level of disability into account rather than estimating based on population size. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. O'Neill Comments on House Passage of His Special Education Funding Legislation - 3/13/2013
Legislation that would establish a commission to develop a new formula for the distribution of special education funding in the Commonwealth has been unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House. Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), prime sponsor of House Bill 2, said the current antiquated system must be replaced because it doesn’t account for the actual number of special needs students in each school district. House Bill 2 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. O'Neill Comments on Bill to Reform Cyber Charter School Funding in PA - 6/4/2012
Legislation that would increase oversight of the funding of cyber charter schools in the Commonwealth has been introduced in Harrisburg. House Bill 2364 would eliminate funding for non-instructional services, such as athletics, which are unrelated to cyber schools. Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) said this bill would ensure that cyber schools are using public money in a responsible way. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. O'Neill Comments on House Passage of His Bill to Ensure Payments to Ambulance Services - 11/3/2011
Legislation that would require insurance providers to directly compensate ambulance companies for their services has been passed by the Pennsylvania House. Under current law, insurance benefits are paid to the insured individual and may never be remitted to EMS companies. Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) said House Bill 1344 will close that loophole and allow ambulance services to concentrate their efforts on helping people rather than focusing on debt collection. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.