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It is an honor to work for you and the residents of our district and I take great pride in representing you in Harrisburg. I am aware of the challenges that face our state and I am dedicated to facing those challenges so that together, we can make our communities the best that they can be. As a way for you to keep up with the work that is happening on your behalf, check the stories listed below, and as always, feel free to contact me for more information about any state-related matter.

Bill to simplify ride service fees in Philadelphia passes House
By Melina Druga | October 3, 2018 | Companies
The state House recently passed legislation that would bring all transportation network companies (TNCs) under the same assessment structure when operating in Philadelphia.

Here's how more Pa. residents can benefit from our abundant natural gas supplies | Opinion
By Terrance J. Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania sits atop a sea of natural gas, yet the benefits of this resource pass millions of our citizens by. Families in one neighborhood have access to natural gas utility service while those in the next community do not.

Why Are Schools Starting So Early
By Steve Marroni
The first day of school is a day of mixed emotions and is one of the Kodak moments of childhood. The fun, idle days of summer are replaced by classrooms, homework, and school clothes.

Souderton woman recognized for leadership efforts
Souderton Independent
HARRISBURG - Nicole Belick Kratz, of Souderton, was recently honored with a legislative citation sponsored by state Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-63, and co-sponsored by state Rep. Robert Godshall, R-53, for her commitment to leadership development.

A dozen ways lawmakers changed the rules on Pennsylvanians in 2017
The FDA's approval process can take as long as 15 years for all the clinical trials of new treatments to be completed, and as the bill's sponsor, Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery County said, terminally ill patients may not have that much time to wait.

Gov. Tom Wolf will sign 'Right to Try' bill
Reading Eagle
Patients facing terminal illnesses may soon face fewer hurdles in obtaining experimental drugs, under a bill now before Gov. Tom Wolf.Earlier this week, the state House of Representatives approved a measure that would help patients with terminal illnesses obtain investigative drugs and treatments that have not gained the approval of federal regulators. State Rep. Robert Godshall, a Montgomery County Republican, sponsored the "right-to-try" measure.

Pa. House sends ‘right to try’ bill to governor’s desk
By Myles Snyder, ABC27 News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that allows the terminally ill to use experimental drugs and devices not approved by the FDA is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

Godshall named Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services’ Pillar of the Community
By Bob Keeler @bybobkeeler
Lansdale - This year’s Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services Pillar of the Community honoree is state Rep. Bob Godshall, R-53.

No harm in state revenue plan using funds from savings
By: The Intelligencer
A recent article about what the state’s environmental fund budget battle could mean for Bucks County leaves out a few facts concerning Pennsylvania’s surplus fund reserves.

Bill Tracker: Taking the chill off winter heating costs
By: Joshua Vaughn The Sentinel
Each legislative session thousands of bills and amendments are introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Only a fraction become law, and an even smaller portion receive wide media coverage.

‘Right To Try’ bill personal for cancer-fighting State Rep.

by Matt Maisel
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Tucked in the back corner of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives chamber is the man who's been in his seat almost longer than anyone else

Bill would give treatment options to terminally ill
Carley Mossbrook - The Altoona Mirror
Almost 13 years after he was given a life-changing medical diagnosis, state Rep. Robert Godshall is still trying to turn his unfortunate circumstances into a lifeline for other Pennsylvanians.

House 'Right to Try' bill would give treatment options to terminally ill.
By Carley Mossbrook, Staff Writer - Capitolwire
Almost 13 years after he was given a life-changing medical diagnosis, state Rep. Robert
Godshall is still trying to turn his unfortunate circumstances into a lifeline for other Pennsylvanians. 

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Pa. House OKs ‘right to try’ drugs not approved by FDA
By Myles Snyder, ABC27 News
The state House of Representatives has passed legislation that would allow the terminally ill to use drugs not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Bill would shed light on municipal authority actions
BY Robert Swift, Harrisburg Bureau Chief - The Citizens' Voice
House lawmakers could vote this week on legislation to shed more light on the sale or purchase of public water and sewer systems by municipal authorities.

House Committee Chairmen named for 2017-18 Legislative Session
By Chelsea Friedman, 
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) announced Thursday the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairmen for the 2017-18 Legislative Session.

Pennsylvania House committee assignments handed out to reps from Bucks, Montgomery counties
By James Boyle, staff writer, Berks County Courier Times
A number of committee chairs were assigned Thursday to state representatives serving districts in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The selections were made by Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28, and will become official once announced on the House floor. Many of the assignments are holdovers from the 2015-16 session.

Ride service bill passes state House committee 
From Herald-Standard
Pennsylvania moved a step closer to regulating popular ride services such as Uber and Lyft Wednesday when a state House committee approved a bill that now heads to the floor for consideration.

Safe well water rules essential in Pa.
From The Sentinel
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, shines a much-needed spotlight on public drinking water quality. Public outrage surrounding this crisis is understandable when regulations and standards intended to protect public health are sacrificed to save money.

Governor's Residence Open For Tours

The Governor’s Residence is open for public tours through the end of October. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore this important Pennsylvania landmark. Free, public tours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 2pm. While there is no charge for the tours, reservations must be made in advance. To schedule a tour, please contact Brittany Shearer at or call (717) 772-9130. For more information, visit: The Pennsylvania Governor's Residence.

Pa. House Committee Chairs for the 2015-16 Session Announced
The 2015-16 committee chairs for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were announced Monday by Speaker-Designate Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County).

For Uber, Lyft, PA Permits Unlikely this Year
HARRISBURG - No new laws are likely to be passed this year to permit "ride-share" companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in Pennsylvania, legislators said Thursday after a state House committee hearing on the issue. 
Plan To Limit Variable Electric Rate Hikes in Pa. Clears Hurdle
From CBS Philly
A plan by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to address huge spikes in electricity costs experienced by some customers with variable-rate plans this past winter got final regulatory approval today from a state agency.

Rep. Godshall Honored By PA Chapter National Assn. Of Water Companies
The National Association of Water Companies, Pennsylvania Chapter Tuesday recognized State Rep. Robert W. Godshall (R-Montgomery), Majority Chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, with its James McGirr Kelly Award for Excellence. The organization honored Rep. Godshall during its awards luncheon at the NAWC Annual Meeting in the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg.

Pa. Auditor General DePasquale, State Rep. Godshall, visit Souderton Charter School Collaborative
From The Reporter Online
Pennsylvania auditor General Eugene DePasquale waves as he enters a kindergarten classroom during a tour of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative with State Representative Robert Godshall

Most not wild about Game Commission/Fish and Boat merger
From Meadville Tribune
Lawmakers are quibbling over how much the state could save by merging two agencies that enforce the commonwealth’s wildlife laws.

Lawmaker calls for ceiling on variable rates for electricity customers
The chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee says the rates got too damn high. 

Report: Pa. could save $5M by merging Game, Fish and Boat commissions 
From TRIB Total Media
Pennsylvania is the only state with separate game and fish commissions, and it's likely to stay that way, says a leading proponent of merging the agencies. 

Electric Power Under Review by Committee Chaired by Godshall

From Philadelphia News
Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery), chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, held a public hearing on Tuesday at the state Capitol on legislation passed in 2008 to promote electric conservation and save money.

Electric bill spike stirs lawmakers
HARRISBURG - Skyrocketing electric bills tied to variable rate pricing deals are pushing lawmakers to introduce bills adding safeguards to electric choice shopping.

Godshall bill on organ donor leave tax credit now before state Senate
From The Lansdale Reporter
There’s a constant shortfall of organ donors throughout Pennsylvania, and a long list of those in need of a vital transplant.

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Lawmakers plan to re-introduce bills in new session
From The Doylestown Intelligencer
State Rep. Bernie O’Neill’s bill to change the way Pennsylvania funds special education is expected to be a priority after the General Assembly is sworn in on Jan. 1.

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