My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Watson Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor's Desk - 9/24/2015
In order to help struggling social services and school districts desperate for their subsidies during the current budget impasse, the Pennsylvania House sent an emergency funding package to the governor’s desk on Thursday. The bill includes approximately $11 Billion which represents funding for 1/3rd of the fiscal year – from July through October. The decision on whether or not to release funding for education and critical services now lies solely with Gov. Wolf, who has vowed to reject the funding in pursuit of increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian. Comments are now available from Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks).
Watson Comments on House Passage of Legislation to Clarify Background Check Law for Those Who Work With Children - 6/17/2015
Legislation that would clarify existing law pertaining to background checks for individuals who work or volunteer around children has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), prime sponsor of House Bill 1276, said her bill will clear the hurdles so volunteers can give of their time without being charged for their generosity. House Bill 1276 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Watson Comments on Announcement of Penn State-NCAA Settlement - 1/16/2015
In her role as chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) today applauded the announcement of a settlement involving the total repeal of sanctions by the NCAA against Penn State University in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Watson made comments following the press conference detailing the terms of the settlement.
Rep. Watson Comments on New Child Protection Laws - 1/7/2015
With the new year, a package of new child abuse protection legislation has taken effect in Pennsylvania. Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks), chairperson of the House Children and Youth Committee, said that the new laws were based on recommendations from the task force on child protection and were written to take into account those who actively prey on children.
Watson Resolution Calls for Study and Recommendations on Pay Equity in Pennsylvania - 4/8/2014
A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined professional businesswomen and advocates to highlight the salary disparity between men and women at a Pay Equity rally in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks), who has sponsored a resolution to study the effectiveness of laws to protect women from wage discrimination, said she wants to determine the best strategy to ensure that women are operating on a level playing field. House Resolution 716 awaits consideration by the Pennsylvania House. Chuck Nichols reports… wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Watson Pleased to See Package of Child Protection Bills Signed by Governor - 12/18/2013
A package of legislation to update and strengthen the Commonwealth’s child protection laws has been signed into law. The bills signed on Wednesday included legislation designed to clarify and modernize the legal definition of child abuse. Children and Youth Committee Chairman Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said this is a step in the right direction in the fight to prevent the abuse of children. 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… wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Watson Pleased to See Package of Child Protection Bills Moving on to the Governor’s Desk - 12/16/2013
The Pennsylvania House is continuing its efforts to move a package of legislation to update and strengthen the Commonwealth’s child protection laws on to the governor’s desk to become law. Among the bills approved Monday was key legislation designed to clarify and modernize the legal definition of child abuse. Children and Youth Committee Chairman Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said the bills, aimed at correcting deficiencies in existing child abuse laws, are needed to better protect Pennsylvania’s children. Mike Davies reports… wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Watson Applauds Movement of House Child Protection Bills - 12/5/2013
Lawmakers this week applauded the advancement of several pieces of legislation aimed at upgrading and enhancing child protection laws in Pennsylvania. The bills, initially developed by the House Children and Youth Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, followed recommendations put forth in a report issued late last year by the Task Force on Child Protection in reaction to the Sandusky investigation. Children and Youth Committee Chairman Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said she is particularly proud of the bipartisan effort put forth by House members to draft and move these bills on to the Senate in under a year. Mike Davies reports… wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Watson Says House Children and Youth Committee Nears Completion of Work on a Comprehensive Package of Child Protection Legislation - 11/19/2013
The House Children and Youth Committee this week started to wrap up work on a comprehensive package of legislation designed to prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania. The bills were crafted to reflect the findings of the Task Force on Child Protection formed in the wake of the Sandusky investigation. Committee Chair Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said she is particularly proud of the effort put forth by her committee to move quickly on this package of legislation aimed at upgrading and enhancing the state’s child protection laws. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Watson Comments on Committee Passage of Package of Child Protection Legislation - 6/11/2013
The House Children and Youth Committee recently approved a package of legislation designed to prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania. The bills were crafted to reflect the recommendations of the Task Force on Child Protection, and address the definition of abuse, mandated reporters, reporting procedures, and the appeals process. Committee Chair Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks), prime sponsor of House Bill 430, said that the laws designed to protect children must be up to date, and provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to get child abusers off the streets. The package of bills now awaits consideration by the full House. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.