State Representative Kate Harper was recently honored for her life's dedication to conservation and the law. Harper has been a long-time advocate for the preservation of open space and conservation of natural resources, both as a Republican representing the 61st District, and as a lawyer. This past summer, she was recognized for her work as a legislator by both the Pennsylvania Association for Conservation Districts and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
In June 2011, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law that caps liability for some defendants involved in negligence cases. Gov. Corbett had previously indicated that such legislation was one of his top priorities for the 2011 session. Pennsylvania Republicans and leaders in the state's business community lobbied hard to pass the bill, arguing that it would make the state a more business-friendly climate, over the vociferous objections of some Democrats, who worry that the bill will punish innocent victims while protecting wealthy businesses.