PA State Rep. Rich Irvin

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Rich Irvin was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Nov. 4, 2014. He previously served as the Huntingdon County treasurer for 18 years. During the 2015-16 legislative session, Rich has been assigned a member of the following House standing committees: Local Government, State Government, Aging and Older Adult Services, and Labor and Industry. Rich is pro-life and believes in protecting every law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment right. He also believes in less government, holding the line on taxes, public pension reform for new hires, true property tax reform and supporting an educational approach that develops every child to his or her maximum academic potential. He graduated from Juniata Valley High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rich is a longtime member, past president and current treasurer of the Huntingdon County United Way. He is also a board member and treasurer of the Center for Community Action, a human service agency serving Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton counties. He resides in Spruce Creek Township with his wife, Jaime, and their children Brent, Emma, Bruce and James. The 81st Legislative District includes all of Huntingdon County; part of Centre County consisting of the townships of Halfmoon, Taylor, Worth, parts of Ferguson (North 2 and West), parts of Patton (North 2, South 1 and 3) and Port Matilda Borough; and part of Mifflin County consisting of Wayne Township and the boroughs of Kistler and Newton Hamilton.

Rich Irvin was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Nov. 4, 2014. He previously served as the Huntingdon County treasurer for 18 years. During the 2015-16 legislative session, Rich has been assigned a member of the following House standing committees: Local Government, State Government, Aging and Older Adult Services, and Labor and Industry. Rich is pro-life and believes in protecting every law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment right. He also believes in less government, holding the line on taxes, public pension reform for new hires, true property tax reform and supporting an educational approach that develops every child to his or her maximum academic potential. He graduated from Juniata Valley High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rich is a longtime member, past president and current treasurer of the Huntingdon County United Way. He is also a board member and treasurer of the Center for Community Action, a human service agency serving Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton counties. He resides in Spruce Creek Township with his wife, Jaime, and their children Brent, Emma, Bruce and James. The 81st Legislative District includes all of Huntingdon County; part of Centre County consisting of the townships of Halfmoon, Taylor, Worth, parts of Ferguson (North 2 and West), parts of Patton (North 2, South 1 and 3) and Port Matilda Borough; and part of Mifflin County consisting of Wayne Township and the boroughs of Kistler and Newton Hamilton.

PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Col...
10/08/2020

PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle services website at www.dmv.pa.gov.

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the water in the fountain at the Capitol building has bee...
10/01/2020

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the water in the fountain at the Capitol building has been dyed pink.

For information and resources pertaining to breast cancer, go to https://www.pabreastcancer.org/.

The House today came back into session to attempt an override of the governor’s veto of legislation to allow local schoo...
09/23/2020

The House today came back into session to attempt an override of the governor’s veto of legislation to allow local school districts to make the decision of whether to hold school sports and activities and how many spectators can be in attendance.

Parents simply want to watch their children play a school sport or play in the school orchestra. The governor agreed earlier this year that decisions on whether schools should reopen to in-person learning should be left up to the school districts, and there is no reason decisions regarding other school activities should not be made by the school districts as well.

Communities in Huntingdon, Centre and Mifflin counties do not have the same rate of COVID-19 cases as Allegheny or Philadelphia counties. That’s why these decisions should be made at the local level.

Although a veto-proof majority voted in favor of the bill when it was first presented to the House, the override vote failed to garner the needed two-thirds of the chamber to pass.

I was greatly disappointed today when some of the members who supported House Bill 2787 the first time it came up switched their votes and decided not to support local decision-making on this issue.

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2787, legislation that passed both the House and the Senate with a large bipartis...
09/21/2020

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2787, legislation that passed both the House and the Senate with a large bipartisan majority that would ensure decisions about the resumption of school sports and spectators at those events be made at the local level.

I am disappointed the governor chose to ignore the voices of students and parents all across the Commonwealth who want school districts to be able to make these decisions as it pertains to their local areas.

When we return to session next week, the House will take a vote to override the governor’s veto.

09/21/2020

Regarding the recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, this decision usurps the legislature’s constitutional prerogative.

Article 1, sec. 4 of the U.S. Constitution puts the responsibility for determining the time, place, and manner of elections with the state legislatures—not the state courts.

The Pennsylvania House passed House Bill 2626 two weeks ago that expands and clarifies voting options, provides for pre-canvassing, and ensures the integrity of the process by enhancing penalties and expanding access to and availability of poll watchers, among other things.

House Bill 2625 was also based off Gov. Wolf’s report on the primary election and takes many of the concepts outlined in that report and turns them actionable.

The decision makes our elections less secure and raises serious questions about the integrity of the process.

Even more concerning is that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has once again normalized the Wolf administration’s disrespect for the Constitution, the rule of law and the voice of the people. It is once again another example of activist justices legislating from the bench and eroding our system of co-equal branches of government with defined powers and responsibilities.

My colleagues and I are reviewing our legal and legislative options to respond to this terrible decision. I am urging leadership to act quickly and decisively to nullify this ruling.

Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus
09/18/2020

Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Around 82,000 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War and other conflicts. It's important to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by the military men and women who are imprisoned or unaccounted for as a result of their military service. We also honor and remember their families.

Here is a link to the White House proclamation for the event: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-national-pow-mia-recognition-day-2020/

PennDOT has resumed issuing REAL IDs at reopened Driver License Centers throughout the state after putting it on hold fo...
09/18/2020
REAL ID

PennDOT has resumed issuing REAL IDs at reopened Driver License Centers throughout the state after putting it on hold for the last six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. Effective Oct. 1, 2021, a federally acceptable form of identification will be required to board a domestic commercial flight or visit a secure federal building or military installation that requires ID for access. Federally acceptable forms of identification include a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. passport/passport card or a military ID.

There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT continues to offer standard-issue driver's licenses and photo IDs. For more information about how to obtain a REAL ID, click here. https://www.dmv.pa.gov/REALID/pages/default.aspx

Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. PennDOT made the decision to pause REAL ID issuance in the Commonwealth out of an abundance of caution and in the...

Today is Constitution Day!On Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the...
09/17/2020

Today is Constitution Day!

On Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the final time to sign the Constitution, which spells out our rights as U.S. citizens.

You can read the U.S. Constitution here:
https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

I am hosting a one-day Seniors for Safe Driving program to help sharpen the driving skills of older motorists. The progr...
09/16/2020

I am hosting a one-day Seniors for Safe Driving program to help sharpen the driving skills of older motorists. The program will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fairfield Inn and Suites, 9970 Shaner Blvd., Huntingdon.

The Seniors for Safe Driving program will help older drivers improve their driving skills through gaining a better knowledge of how to adjust their driving techniques and habits to compensate for many of the challenges facing older motorists.

The program is open to drivers age 55 and older. There is no on-the-road driving required and no exam will be given. At the completion of the class, motorists will be eligible to receive a minimum 5% discount on their auto insurance premiums.

Individuals interested in attending the class may register online at www.SeniorsForSafeDriving.com or call 1-800-559-4880. The cost for the class is $16. The number of participants will be limited to allow for proper social distancing.

House Bill 2787 is currently before the governor for his signature to make it law. It would grant schools the authority ...
09/16/2020

House Bill 2787 is currently before the governor for his signature to make it law. It would grant schools the authority to determine whether to hold school sports and extracurricular activities in-person during the 2020-21 school year.

School officials would be responsible for establishing safety protocols for permitting visitors and spectators to attend sports and in-person extracurricular activities; limits on gatherings for indoor and outdoor sports and in-person extracurricular activities; protocols for sports consistent with CDC Considerations for Youth Sports; and methods of ensuring that social distancing and other safety measures are in place for students, staff and spectators.

Gov. Wolf has thus far indicated he would veto the bill.

Let your voice be heard, urge Gov. Wolf to sign House Bill 2787.

09/15/2020

This week U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV has ruled Gov. Wolf’s and Secretary Levine’s COVID-19 gathering limits, business closures and stay-at-home orders unprecedented and unconstitutional.

Our First Amendment right was violated with gathering limits.

The business closure process “was so arbitrary in its creation, scope, and administration as to fail constitutional scrutiny” and violated the 14th Amendment.

The Court determined that the lockdown orders were not sufficiently tailored and burdened more conduct than necessary. As a result, they are unconstitutional.

This ruling applies only to gathering limits, “life-sustaining or non-life-sustaining” business designation, and “stay-at-home” orders. Under the federal rules of appellate procedure, the defendants can apply for a stay of the order pending appeal.

Masking orders and occupancy limits based on percentage remain in place.

Today marks the 19th anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men a...
09/11/2020

Today marks the 19th anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men and women were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The loved ones lost will be honored and remembered in observances across the country, including one at Pennsylvania’s own Flight 93 Memorial, near the site where one of the four planes hijacked that day crashed.

At the request of family members and in order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, the observance at the Flight 93 Memorial will be held privately. However, it will be available to watch via live streaming.

Click here for details. https://www.nps.gov/flni/planyourvisit/sept11observance.htm

Great news! A $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will help add a critical fire s...
09/10/2020

Great news! A $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will help add a critical fire suppression system in the East Broad Top Railroad (EBT) machine-shop complex.

The grant will also help the EBT overhaul its historic water network to ensure adequate supply. The upgrades will make it possible to use the shops both for public demonstrations and for essential repairs so the railroad can resume operations.

The EBT, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last month, has been purchased by a new nonprofit foundation, which has strong backing from three important rail-industry figures, volunteers of the Friends of the EBT and the Rockhill Trolley Museum. After eight years of inactivity, the group plans to return the railroad’s steam locomotives to operating condition and to stabilize its historic buildings.

The Department of Labor & Industry announced Pennsylvania will complete implementation of the federal Lost Wages Assista...
09/04/2020

The Department of Labor & Industry announced Pennsylvania will complete implementation of the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program ahead of schedule and begin making payments to eligible individuals on Thursday, Sept. 10. Individuals who apply and qualify will begin receiving their payments as early as Monday, Sept. 14.

The federal government requires that only individuals who are fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 disruptions apply for this benefit. To qualify for the extra $300, the LWA program also requires that eligible individuals must have a benefit rate and dependence allowance totaling $100 or more per week in benefits, and must receive a benefit payment for each week from one of the following qualifying programs:

• Regular Unemployment Compensation (UC);
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC);
• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA);
• Pennsylvania Extended Benefits (EB);
• Shared Work or Short-Time Compensation (STC); and
• Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA).

Individuals receiving benefits from these programs, with the exception of PUA and Shared Work, will need to apply for LWA by certifying one time only that their unemployment is due to COVID-19. PUA claimants do not have to apply because they previously certified they were unemployed due to COVID-19 and will receive payments automatically. Employers in a Shared-Work program must provide the required certification on behalf of all participating employees.

Beginning after 6 a.m. on Sept. 6, claimants who need to complete the certification process should visit www.uc.pa.gov/cert and log in using their PIN as if they are filing a biweekly claim. Select the “Complete LWA Certification” button and fill out the certification.

LWA payments will be made for the previous claim weeks: Aug. 1, 8,15, 22 and 29.

Individuals who may qualify for LWA but have not yet received payment for an approved week from a qualifying program should still apply as soon as possible. At the time benefits are paid from a qualifying program to an individual for any of the approved dates, the LWA payment will follow one week later if the individual has already completed the LWA certification.

The temporary LWA program runs through December or until the federal funding is depleted. Pennsylvania will make public announcements when the final payment date is known.

09/02/2020
Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus

It was great to stand with my colleagues as we prepare to vote on legislation to end Gov. Wolf's continued disaster declaration.

PAHouse Republican leaders announce that House members will have an opportunity to vote to end Gov. Wolf's emergency declaration (now at the 180 day mark) or vote to allow it to continue in perpetuity. House Resolution 836 will be brought up for a veto override vote before the end of the week. A two-thirds majority vote is needed for it to pass.

09/02/2020
PennDOT is extending expiration dates for the following items through Sept. 30, 2020: • Commercial learner’s permits sch...
09/01/2020

PennDOT is extending expiration dates for the following items through Sept. 30, 2020:

• Commercial learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
• Commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
• Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HME) for individuals who are a Pennsylvania-licensed commercial driver’s license holder and who held a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after March 6, 2020.

For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

This week, I joined with several other state lawmakers to present a Declaration of Suspension that would effectively dis...
08/25/2020
Metcalfe, Mastriano, State Lawmakers Present Declaration to Suspend Wolf’s Tyranny | PA State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

This week, I joined with several other state lawmakers to present a Declaration of Suspension that would effectively dissolve the governor’s abuse of emergency powers (Act 323 of 1978).

"Article 1, Section 12 of the Pennsylvania Constitution grants all power of suspending laws solely to the legislative branch. It does not allow or provide for judicial or executive branch interference in the suspension of laws.

"This declaration shall be deemed enacted following the reception of a majority of signatures from the duly elected representatives of the people from each of the co-equal chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.”

Follow the link below to learn more.
http://www.repmetcalfe.com/News/18128/Latest-News/Metcalfe,-Mastriano,-State-Lawmakers-Present-Declaration-to-Suspend-Wolf%E2%80%99s-Tyranny?fbclid=IwAR07K837cn_CZwpU5x6DJm3fOOMYAKt4JDzHOPQ2IvpbmaLkMQZZjYp5rKY

Metcalfe, Mastriano, State Lawmakers Present Declaration to Suspend Wolf’s Tyranny Aug. 24, 2020 HARRISBURG – Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) and several other state lawmakers gathered on the state Capitol steps today to present a Declaration of Suspens...

08/21/2020

Need to clear up a misinterpretation...

The 250 outdoors/25 indoors spectator rule DOES apply as of now. Executive Director Bob Lombardi was heard to say “no spectators,” but he was referring to no spectators “above the 250/25 limit.”

Sorry for any disappointment this may have caused. #SpectatorsCount !

The House Education Committee meets @ 10 a.m. today to vote the following bills: House Bill 2787, which specifically gra...
08/20/2020

The House Education Committee meets @ 10 a.m. today to vote the following bills:

House Bill 2787, which specifically grants the exclusive authority to determine whether to hold school sports activities, including competitions, intramural play and scrimmages, as well as other in-person extracurricular activities during the 2020-21 school year, to the local school board or governing board of a nonpublic school. Health and safety plans would be required for all activities.

House Bill 2788, which would allow students and families the option to continue the student’s education and extracurricular activities for an additional year to make up for the loss of instruction and competition during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

Senate Bill 1216, which allows the secretary of the Department of Education to address certification challenges for existing teachers, as well as recent graduates and undergraduate students.

You can watch the meeting on my website, www.RepIrvin.com.

08/18/2020
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The only problem with letting the school board have the say in sports is what if the are wolf followers and think he is god so the kids are still screwed ya just need to impeach him and it and be done with all this stupid sh*t ya left this go on way to long
Please support HB2787. Last night was extremely surreal and heartbreaking that I had to watch my son play through a fence hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
Just wondering your thoughts on 1287 passing ? Please tell me you do not support this.
here‘s a question for you: if there are over 300 new positive cases in our school district and our district goes remote-why is it ok to open Learning Centers for special ed students in the schools? How does this help protect staff and students? Whyis Why is it ok to put some staff members and students at risk but not others?
I hope you will sign Representative Metcalf's declaration. We are counting on you to get us out of this mess.
Prisoners in Pennsylvania!!!!! Never will any of you get this familys vote.!!! https://www.facebook.com/SenatorDougMastriano/videos/3743019295725345
Are you supporting the impeach Wolf movement? I sure hope so.
Thank you for taking time to participate in our local happenings for the EBT this evening. Much appreciated!
I would like to ask a favor of all my PENNSYLVANIA friends. This will cost you nothing and the effort will be minimal. I stand to gain nothing financially nor will I benefit professionally or in any other way other than in the manner that all of us might. I’m asking you to call your state representative and state senator to ask them to create new legislation or amend existing legislation to provide further protections to citizens that may have to use their firearms to defend themselves against the mob that we see terrorizing the country every day. They will likely tell you that we already have sufficient protections…well, the Mccloskeys live in a state with “stand your ground” as well as the “castle doctrine”. They were charged with a felony for making visible their legal firearms to protect themselves against a mob of over 300 threatening their lives. Luckily for them, they have a Republican Governor and AG…WE DO NOT. They had their weapons seized by the very same police that refused to show up to provide them assistance…and a felony conviction would prohibit them from purchasing firearms in the future. Some ideas for providing these protections include the following: As it applies to your HOME: (the situation in which the Mccloskeys found themselves)…expand the definition of “trespassing” and immediately increase penalties for it…any individual(s) trespassing that do not vacate when ordered to do so will immediately be considered a threat to the property owners’ well being and safety…failure to vacate and making any manner of verbal threat or escalating behavior to the point that the homeowner feels is indicative of the potential to cause harm will be considered an immediate threat to life/property…any violation of any obvious communication that the property is private and that trespassing is not permitted will constitute an immediate threat to one’s wellbeing. As it applies to being in PUBLIC: Any unsolicited approaching by an individual or group obstructing the normal progress one would expect to have is considered an immediate threat to one’s well being…failure to move on after being informed that their company/presence is not wanted will constitute an immediate threat to one’s life/property…any individual or group that approaches unsolicited with any face coverings that conceal identity will be considered an immediate threat to one’s life/property. As it applies to MOTORISTS: Any attempt to block an established roadway from normal course of travel shall be determined to be an act of terrorism…any group sufficient in size to stop a motor vehicle traveling in the accepted direction of travel on any roadway shall constitute an immediate threat to life/property and the motorist may respond with utilizing their vehicle as a means of dispersing the mob attempting to terrorize the motorist. As it may apply to ANY situation: Any deployment of any item, device, or product be it manufactured or homemade that can, in any manner, be perceived to inflict any manner of injury will be considered an imminent deadly threat justifying the use of deadly force by the citizen. As it applies to the 2nd Amendment: No legal firearms may be seized that were used in any manner in the defense of one’s life/property/wellbeing until after an investigation and/or trial ends including appeals…Any failure of police response when called by a citizen within a time sufficient to prevent any perceived injury or loss of life/property that could conceivably take place will justify FULL use of any legally owned firearm…if the firearm is used and the firearm is subsequently seized for a ballistics check to determine if it was used in the commission of any crime shall be kept NO LONGER than two times the amount of time that passes between the authorities being notified and the firearms being seized and will in no situation exceed two weeks. Keep in mind these are suggestions and you may not even need to give any suggestions…but here are a few to demonstrate that you have thought about this prior to calling. Feel free to add or delete any. Again, I have no agenda other than to be certain that none of us go through what the Mccloskeys went through. We could call this the “Protection Expansions Of Property and Life in Emergency Situations” or PEOPLES legislation. If you don’t know who your state rep and/or senator is…message me with your address and I will find them for you…or the information is easy to find online. Thank you all.
Just curious if you could help "if" employers refuse to apply for the new benefit for essential workers. Asking for a friend.
I am very concerned about the new restrictions that our governor has imposed on restaurant's and bars. It is troubling that our local economy is failing quickly. Many small establishments will end up closing their doors permanently. Why is it they can only serve alcohol if a meal is served with it and if the establishments do not offer food services then they can't even remain open. How is it that our governor can March with protestors violating his own restrictions. Then his daughter's wedding took place and I think pictures should be made public as I'm am sure the attendees were not wearing masks also in violation. How many were present at the wedding ? If more than twenty five again in violation. Jobs are being lost at alarming rates and nothing is being done. Businesses closing for good and still no action. I want to know what his real agenda is as it is not the safety of the state. I have heard him say things like he is the governor and people must obey him. He has turned in to a dictator.