Metzgar Votes to Give Control to Schools, Allow Spectators at Athletic Events

Sep. 03, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House of Representatives has passed House Bill 2787, which would give the authority to make decisions regarding school athletic events to each individual school entity. Schools would determine whether or not to hold athletic and extracurricular events, and whether or not to allow spectators at said events.

House Vote to Overturn Governor’s Veto Fails, Metzgar Says

Sep. 02, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House of Representatives has failed to overturn the governor’s veto of House Resolution 836, which would terminate the COVID-19 disaster emergency first declared on March 6. The General Assembly had previously adopted the resolution on June 9, followed by the governor’s veto on July 14.

Metzgar, Topper Support Local Control for School Sports

Aug. 10, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today showed support for local school districts by co-sponsoring legislation which would allow school districts to make their own decisions regarding fall sports and activities.

Metzgar Bill to Protect Corrections Employees Becomes Law

Jul. 23, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the governor has signed his House Bill 256, which lowers the threshold that must be met to charge an inmate with a felony for committing assault on a corrections facility employee.

Metzgar Voices Opposition to RGGI, Support for House Bill 2025

Jul. 21, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – At today’s House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) voiced his opposition to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and his support for Pennsylvania’s energy industry, along with the jobs it supports in western Pennsylvania.

Metzgar Bill to Protect Corrections Employees Passes

Jul. 07, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that both chambers of the General Assembly have approved his House Bill 256, which would lower the threshold that must be met to charge an inmate with a felony for committing assault on a corrections facility employee.

Bedford, Somerset Counties to Receive Over $101,000 from Marcellus Shale Impact Fees, Say Metzgar, Dowling and Reese

Jun. 18, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Reps. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford), Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) today announced that municipalities in Somerset and Bedford counties will receive $101,621 from the 2019 reporting year for the Act 13 unconventional natural gas impact fees, otherwise known as Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas drilling tax. These fees are taken from revenue from natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Distribution of revenue is expected to take place in early July.

Somerset, Bedford Counties Moving to Green Phase on June 5

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that Somerset and Bedford counties are scheduled to transition to the green phase of the governor’s reopening plan on Friday, June 5. Other counties transitioning to the green phase on June 5 include Allegheny, Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

House Votes to Partially Terminate Governor’s Emergency Declaration

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House of Representatives has voted to terminate the portion of the governor’s emergency declaration that has held millions of business owners and employees across the state hostage.

Cambria, Somerset County Legislators Ask, ‘Too Little, Too Late?’

May. 08, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Both Cambria and Somerset counties are among the next 13 Pennsylvania counties being moved to the yellow phase of reopening by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. The change, which was announced Friday, will officially take place at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, May 15.

Governor Backing Off Regional Reopening Plan, Metzgar Says

Apr. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the governor is backing off his plan to reopen Pennsylvania by region. Metzgar recently wrote a letter to the governor urging him to restructure his plan to open by county, as was done when he closed them. He specifically cited issues with his district, Somerset and Bedford counties, being placed in the same region as more urban areas like Pittsburgh and York.

House Votes to Bring Clarity and Consistency for Pennsylvania Businesses, Metzgar Says

Apr. 14, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House has approved Senate Bill 613 to require the governor to follow federal guidelines to determine which businesses are considered life-sustaining, bringing parity to the Pennsylvania business community and keeping in line with practices of surrounding states.

Metzgar Voices Support for Prison Safety Reform

Feb. 19, 2020 /

Metzgar Voices Support for Prison Safety Reform

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R- Somerset/Bedford) today joined the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, prison safety advocates and colleagues in the House of Representatives in demanding an immediate review of policies and programs related to prison safety reform.

House Passes Metzgar Bills to Protect Correctional Facility Employees

Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – In efforts to improve safety in Pennsylvania’s correctional facilities, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House of Representatives has passed two of his bills, House Bill 256 and House Bill 257. These bills are part of a package of bills, authored by Metzgar, which would address seven key areas to improve safety for Department of Corrections staff and the public, as well as toughen penalties on prisoners who commit violent offenses against facility employees.

Metzgar, Stefano Hosting Veterans Breakfast

Oct. 17, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) and Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) will be hosting a complimentary Veterans Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8:30-10 a.m., at the Somerset American Legion, located at 162 W. Main St. in Somerset.

Hunters, Anglers at Risk of Scams Through Online License Purchases

Oct. 11, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) warns hunters and anglers to beware of scam websites that offer licenses. These websites could steal consumers’ money, as well as their personal information that could be used for identity or financial theft.