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LETTER: Giving credit where credit is due
Every bill or resolution the General Assembly takes up includes a prime sponsor, the House or Senate member who is responsible for initiating the legislation. While that person may be the initial driving force, they cannot act alone if their goal is to have the legislation become law.
Such is the case with what began as House Bill 794, legislation on which I was listed as the prime sponsor and that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The impetus for the bill actually began, as is often the case, on the ground. Our county commissioners have been advocating for a number of years to support local tourism by increasing our hotel tax to bring York County in line with Adams, Dauphin and Lancaster counties.
Anne Druck of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau knows the challenges local tourism promotion efforts are up against and realizes the funding gap that this legislation will fill. Her hard work has paid off and should not go unnoticed.
Former state Rep. Ron Miller began this effort and laid much of the groundwork. In my case, much of the work involved picking up the ball where he left it. From there, my York County colleagues, state Reps. Seth Grove, Kate Klunk, Kristin Phillips-Hill, Mike Regan and Stan Saylor co-sponsored the legislation.
The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, who also co-sponsored it, is a big reason why. When the legislation passed in the Senate, every Democrat member supported it. Sen. Scott Wagner reached across the aisle and convinced his colleagues of the need for this bill. He got the job done.
Successful legislation requires two things, time and cooperation. House Bill 794 would not have been possible without these individuals. Thank you, all of you.
REP. KEITH GILLESPIE