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Pennsylvania State Representative District 81

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA House of Representatives consists of 203 members representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Representatives must be at least 21 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The House develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the Senate). The House also has the exclusive authority to impeach public officials. Representatives also serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 2 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Sean Steeg

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    Rich Irvin

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What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

County Huntingdon
Occupation CEO/Co-Founder, Juniata Brewing Company
Education BA< Mind and Language, Juniata College 2000
Qualifications Huntingdon Borough Council 2018-2022, Vice Chair of Huntingdon Water and Sewer Authority, Member of Penn State Extension Huntingdon County Council, Board Member of non-profit Huntingdon Landmarks Inc.
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Proper education funding is the most pressing issue Pennsylvanians face (at least that is immediately and most properly addressed at the state level). It stuns me to say this, but the answer is as simple as sitting down with the educational leaders in our state to work out a proper, constitutionally sound method for equitable funding that allows children to thrive regardless of ZIP code. I'm moderately floored that this problem hasn't already been addressed and corrected by the current legislature.
Maintaining vote-by-mail access is job one, but I would support most efforts to increase transparency in the voting process. If more people are aware of what is done and why it is done, it should not only serve to inoculate against fearmongering, but it should also cause things to become more robust over time; a widely known process is one into which many people can offer additional insight over time.
I would love to move away from the property tax funding model -- perhaps not completely, but certainly into other, broader areas of funding. I would support any legislation that recognized that struggles must be met with resources, and that knows that geography is part of the curriculum and not the determining factor in how far you can go in life.
A constitutional amendment in the vein of HB1888 (creating a fundamental right to personal reproductive liberty) would be a direct way to ensure that a freedom to choose remains a part of life in Pennsylvania for many years to come.
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