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Schmotzer: GOP Still Stalling Legislation on Child Abuse, Education

'The initial cause of their shutdown was to avoid voting on a resolution calling for a federal investigation of why Jerry Sandusky was allowed to remain free for more than two-and-a-half years.'

State Rep. Martin Michael Schmotzer said in a news release on Tuesday that Republican majority leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are still stalling legislation regarding child sex abuse and education reform.

The week of Oct. 1, the House was scheduled to vote on a bill (H.B. 2318) that would require school districts to include age-appropriate child exploitation awareness education guidelines—that would be developed by state officials—in the health curriculum for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schmotzer, a longtime Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member, has filed education reform amendments to the bill.

"First, Republicans stalled this legislation by canceling a session day and cutting another one short," Schmotzer, a Democrat who represents Baldwin Township and parts of Whitehall Borough, said in the news release. "The initial cause of their shutdown was to avoid voting on a resolution calling for a federal investigation of why Jerry Sandusky was allowed to remain free for more than two-and-a-half years. However, now that Republicans have used procedural tricks to kill that call for accountability, they need to get on with voting on legislation that would address child sex abuse education and education reform.

"Republicans control the state House of Representatives, 109-91. They have the votes to do whatever they want. They should do the right thing.

"I was particularly disappointed that Republicans even canceled session days as part of their games to avoid a call for accountability in the Sandusky case. If we have to stay in Harrisburg a little longer to vote on this important legislation, then we should. We owe it to the taxpayers and children of Pennsylvania."

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bd October 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM
This is actually funny. Schmotzer is blaming the Republicans for Jerry Sandusky. This guy has absolutely no ethics.
NE12Ukid October 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM
What about Corbett's part in the Sandusky mess? Swept under the GOP rug?
bd October 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Rendell has no rug for this to be swept under as well? Sandusky only did his dirt while Corbett was Governor? Are you people freaking serious? Silly season antics by politcal partisans.
Cathy October 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Doesn't surprise me at all. Republicans don't want to talk about any kind of education. They don't even believe in education. Wake up people!! Vote them out!!
NE12Ukid October 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Corbett was attorney general!
NE12Ukid October 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Corbett also as governor approved $$$$ to Sandusky's pervert hiding "charity".
Tom Barchfeld October 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Schmotzer is the $50,000 man, and a political hack. He is not part of the solution, he is part of the problem. I've talked to him twice in Harrisburg, he does not know his history, he blamed Bush for Waco. Then I reminded him the Oklahoma City bombng happened in the 1990's. The Democrat Party has sunk to a new low in endorsing him.
Earl Richards October 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
President Obama is the first president in history to create the White House Advisor on Violence against Women, showing a genuine concern for battered women, other victims of domestic violence and abused children. Romney/Ryan could not care less whether 47% of battered women are killed, or just beaten. The GOP are a bunch of morally, bankrupt jerks.
Tom Kalwarski October 17, 2012 at 03:43 PM
This is so funny, really the Republican’s. Between the $50,000 Marty took from the children and his brother John with the $80,000 “THAT SLIP HIS MIND” for 3 month, to tell his fellow board members about spending for the rigging system for the children. I hope people remember this one when the Schmotzer’s brothers go to run for any office in the future. The brothers MO is it about THEM.
Joe Casey October 17, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Schmotzer is almost done, thank God! Counting the days ..... he just wants to keep his name in the news whatever way he can. You are correct .... no ethics whatsoever. Go away Marty .....
Joe Casey October 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Cathy .... better yet, let's vote ALL of them out .... including the democrats who have not done anything either. Let's start fresh.
Joe Casey October 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Isn't it amazing how people don't know about Marty's past problems (which are public knowledge ... do a google search to read about him) or, because he is a democrat, they seem to forgive his dirty deeds regarding that $50,000 missing from the county government office while he was employed there. His intelligence level is low so he cannot help that he does not his history.
Joe Casey October 17, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Wow, these are probably the only jobs that Obama can take credit for creating and, of course, they are government jobs. Guess you know that Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan could care less about battered women .... do you think Clinton cared about women? Oh yeah, he did, under the desk, on the desk, in the oval office. Just ask Kathleen Willey and/or Monica Lewinsky how much that beloved democrat cared.
Joe Casey October 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Unfortunately, we still have one of the brothers on the school board. God, I do hope that Marty does not try to get back on. We do not want him. We need new blood in there. Get rid of most of these clowns and get people who can do the better job on there. And I agree with you, the Schmotzers are all about themselves.
NE12Ukid October 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Joe, just because someone has a past (and I am not denying nor approving of any of it) does not mean they can never again be correct about anything. Corbett's inaction should be investigated in re Sandusky. Three years? How many more boys suffered in that time? And then the lame excuse for (as governor) giving Sandusky's charity MORE money? As to Schmotzer's staements in THIS article, well....even a broken clock is right twice a day!
NE12Ukid October 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
poor strawman, Joe.
Earl Richards October 17, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Clinton is not running for president.
Fighting Highlander November 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The statistics don't lie and my Dad always told me not to talk politics or religion because it is a no win battle.

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