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Legislative Updates

8/24/15 Learn About Proposed Regulations from the DOL Regarding Overtime

In August, business professionals had an opportunity to hear from experts on the federal Department of Labor's proposed changes to update the regulations governing which executive, administrative and professional employees are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime pay protections. To  ensure your company is in the know, Click Here.

5/14/14 Candidate Responses

The Chamber gathered responses from the Senate and House Representative candidates in a contested primary race on a range of business-related issues. We encourage all voters of Lancaster County to make an informed and educated decision on Election Day. [See their responses]

12/2/13 Implementation of PPACA to be discussed at Lancaster Chamber Forum...[view full article]
 

8/7/13 Pension Reform to be Discussed at Lancaster Chamber Forum

Rarely does a day go by when you don't read... [view full article]

6/21/13 Perdue AgriBusiness Plant to be discussed at Lancaster Chamber's  Columbia/Donegal/Elizabethtown/Hempfield Consortium...[view full article]

 

5/29/13 Lancaster Chamber Takes Policy Position Statement on State Budget Proposal

The Lancaster Chamber's Board of Directors... [view full article]

5/6/13 Lancaster Chamber to Host Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Roundtable

The Lancaster Chamber will host a roundtable...[view full article]

4/25/13 Lancaster Chamber Takes Policy Position Statement on CRIZ

The Lancaster Chamber's Board of Directors...[view full article]

4/15/13 Lancaster Chamber Takes Policy Position Statement on Transportation Funding Package

The Lancaster Chamber's Board of Directors... [view full article]

3/28/13 Tax Reform in Governor's Proposed Budget to be Discussed at Lancaster Chamber Forum

The Governor's proposed budget...[view full article]

3/4/13 Lancaster Chamber to Host Post-Secondary Education Report Issue Briefing

The Governor called on a commission to consider... [view full article]

2/21/13 Governor's Transporation Funding Proposal to be Discussed at Lancaster Chamber Forum

Join the conversation about the Governor's recent... [view full article]

1/23/13 Lancaster Chamber Hosts Manufacturing Report Issue Briefing

The manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania is producing... [view full article]

11/12/12 Candidate Responses

The Chamber sent a questionnaire to all contested candidates seeking a Senate or Representative seat in the General Assembly. We encourage all voters of Lancaster County to make an informed and educated decision on Election Day. See their responses...[view report]

10/12/12 Advocacy In Action - Third Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the third quarter of 2012...[view report]

7/2/12 Advocacy In Action - Second Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as the collective voice of the business community and is committed to defining and advocating issues of importance to our membership...[view report]

4/3/12 Advocacy In Action - First Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as the collective voice of the business community and is committed to defining and advocating issues of importance to our membership...[view report]

1/23/12 Chamber Board Supports Call for Transportation Funding Reauthorization

As Congress embarks on a new legislative session, we, the undersigned companies and organizations, urge you to Make Transportation Job #1 in 2012...[view report]

1/19/12 Advocacy In Action - Fourth Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

The Lancaster Chamber's advocacy efforts during the fourth quarter have focused on continuing our aggressive agenda for this year in a number of areas...[view report]

11/8/11 Advocacy In Action - Third Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the third quarter of 2011...[view report]

10/31/11 County Commissioner Candidate Responses

Consistent with The Chamber’s policy to invite candidates to allow voters to hear their position, we have gathered responses from the County Commissioner candidates on a range of business-related issues. We encourage all voters of Lancaster County to make an informed and educated decision on Election Day...[view report]

9/16/11 Advocacy in Action - Second Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the second quarter of 2011...[view report]

6/7/11 Chamber Supports the Fair Share Act

The Lancaster Chamber Board of Directors joined with other chambers across the state in signing a letter urging State Senate action on the Fair Share Act, a proposal designed to rewrite our state's existing "joint and several liability" laws... [view letter]

4/4/11 Advocacy in Action - First Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the first quarter of 2011...[view report]

1/24/11 Chamber Sets 2011 Pro-Business Agenda

The Lancaster Chamber set an aggressive advocacy agenda that includes action items in the areas of: taxes, fiscal and budget; labor relations; transportation and infrastructure; sustainable cities; healthcare and insurance; education; and energy and the environment...
[view full 2011 agenda]

10/22/10 Chamber Statement on U.S. Chamber Political Ads

The Lancaster Chamber is a member of the U.S. Chamber, but is a completely separate and independent entity... [view full statement]

10/8/10 Advocacy in Action - Third Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the third quarter of 2010... [view report]

9/24/10 Chamber Supports Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act

The Chamber and its affiliate, the Lancaster County Business Group on Health, are in support of repealing Section 9006 of the federal healthcare reform bill... [view policy position]

9/24/10 Chamber Opposes Proposed Elimination of the "Vendor Discount"

The Chamber took an official position opposing the elimination of the one percent "discount given to venders... [view policy position]

6/19/10 Advocacy in Action - Second Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the second quarter of 2010... [view report]

5/4/10 Advocacy in Action - First Quarter Chamber Advocacy Report

Through The Chamber's advocacy program, we represent business interests before the local, state and federal government. Here are a few examples of the actions we took in the first quarter of 2010... [view report]

1/21/10 Chamber Voices Concern about Current Healthcare Proposal

The Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce send a letter to congressional leaders on the impact the proposed healthcare plan would have on business...[view letter]

10/12/09 Chamber Reacts to State Budget

The Chamber encourages multi-year planning...[view reaction]

9/28/09 Chamber Engages in Healthcare Debate

The Chamber and LCBGH sent a letter to Congressman Pitts addressing member concerns on the healthcare proposals under consideration in Congress...[view letter] 
[view member comments]

9/18/09 Chamber Testifies Before State Transportation Commission

Chamber offers recommendations from a business perspective on improving Lancaster County's transportation infrastructure...[view testimony]

7/28/09 Chamber Voices Support for High Speed Rail in Pennsylvania

The Chamber sent a letter to PennDOT in support of the Administration seeking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to bring high speed rail to Pennsylvania...[view letter]

7/27/09 Chamber Board Adoptes a "Guiding Principles" Document on Energy

Document used to evaluate energy-related issues and serve as a tool for supporting or opposing public policy or other legislative initiatives...[view "guiding principles"]

7/20/09 Chamber and LCBGH Voice Their Concerns to Healthcare Proposal

The Chamber and LCBGH sent a letter to elected officials addressing serious concern on the healthcare proposals under consideration in Congress...[view letter]

7/15/09 Chambers Voice Their Support for a Fiscally Responsible State Budget

Chamber executives from across the Commonwealth express the need for a fiscally responsible state budget...[view letter]

7/6/09 Chamber Communicates Position on Budget Proposal

The Chamber sent a letter to our state delegation which also included member comments on proposed personal income tax increase. The Chamber is proud to carry the torch of business and we encourage our elected leaders to make decisions that will aid in our recovery...[view letter] [view member comments]

6/29/09 PA's Revenue Secretary Discusses State Budget at Issues Briefing

Chamber members had an exclusive opportunity to hear firsthand the Administration's point of view on the state budget and the economy...[view Stephen Stetler's remarks]

6/22/09 Chamber Executives Share Concerns about Card Check with Senator Specter

Chamber executives from across the Commonwealth express their concerns about the proposed Card Check legisation with Senator Specter...[view letter]

5/22/09 Chesapeake Bay Task Force Continues Dialogue

Recently, President Obama signed an Executive Order that gives the EPA broad powers to escalate Bay clean up. This new direction takes a two year snapshot for compliance with aggressive goals for improvement. [view the entire Executive Order]

4/20/09 Get updated on the latest information on the federal stimulus

Guidelines and applications for federal stimulus money continue to be updated daily. Pennsylvania stands to receive more than $9 billion in formula-driven funding for healthcare, education, infrastructure, job training, housing and other aid...[view for a complete listing of grant opportunities, applications and deadlines.]

4/3/09 Chamber surveys membership about proposed "Card Check" legislation

Before Senator Specter's decision to oppose Card Check, The Chamber surveyed our membership. We received more than 800 responses, which clearly shows that the collective business community overwhelmingly opposes the spirit of Card Check...[view survey results]

2/23/09 Learn how you can apply for federal stimulus funding

The Office of Management & Budget instructed federal departments and agencies to begin drafting rules on implementation of the $787 billion Recovery Act...
[view how, when and where to apply for program funding]

1/23/09 Chamber provides online templates for members in opposition of "Card Check"

The Chamber is providing an online template letter and postcard for companies to reference when sending an opposition letter/postcard to our elected officials regarding theEmployee Free Choice Act legislation...[view template letter]..[view template postcard]

1/23/09 Members share their thoughts on proposed economic recovery package

In order to best represent our members, The Chamber sent a special email alert to our members soliciting their feedback on the President's proposed economic recovery package...[view members' feedback] [view letter to elected officials]

12/8/08 Chamber voices concerns on the "Employee Free Choice Act"

The Chamber is concerned about the "Employee Free Choice Act" and believes that this bill seeks to undermine the long-standing priciples of workplace democracy and fairness by restructuring 60 years of labor law... [view full letter]

8/20/08 Chamber takes position on Rep. Denlinger's tax proposal

The Chamber offers our full support for Representative Denlinger's proposal to increase the amount of Section 179 deducations from the current $25,000 to $100,000...[view full letter]

6/25/08 Regional Chambers voice concerns with Chesapeake Bay Strategies

The Chamber, in partnership with our neighboring county chambers of commerce, remain very concerned with the expense to municipal wastewater treatment facilities and the administration of nutrient trading programs...[view full letter]

5/22/08 Chamber recommends amendments to Long-Range Transportation Plan

We strongly suggest that Lancaster County’s Planning Commission explore a more centralized plan that creates a more modern transportation system for the 21st Century...[view full letter]

4/29/08 Chamber recommends solutions to business tax reform, the smoking ban and agri-tourism

The Chamber believes that creating an environment that nourishes prosperity requires leadership on public policy issues that affect business’ ability to thrive...[view full letter]

3/12/08 Chamber voices concern about PennDOT’s postponement of roadway projects

A delay in schedule means that six critical projects will put on hold between five years, and in some cases, 17 years...[view full letter]