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Useful information about state programs and services, activities and events. News for Constituents includes travel tips, alerts on the latest scams, health advice, consumer information and more.

Heroin Crisis

A Commonwealth Crisis

Senate Republicans created this online resource to help Pennsylvanians confront the growing Heroin and Opioid crisis harming every region of the state.

Accomplishments

Defeating the Wolf Administration’s massive tax hike proposals and limiting spending highlight the legislative accomplishments of Senate Republicans in the 2015-16 session. Many other achievements are included in this list.

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Senate committees to review possible state prison closures

January 11, 2017

HARRISBURG – Three Senate committees will hold a joint public hearing to review the Wolf administration’s decision to potentially close two state prisons.

Corman: Prison Closure Announcement Signals Success of 2012 Initiatives to Address Overcrowding and Reduce Costs, but Questions Remain

Corman: Prison Closure Announcement Signals Success of 2012 Initiatives to Address Overcrowding and Reduce Costs, but Questions Remain

January 6, 2017

Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) issued a statement on the Wolf Administration’s announcement that it plans to close two state prisons in the coming weeks.

Senator Rafferty Urges Residents to Take Part in January 10, 2017  Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin, Opioid Crisis

Senator Rafferty Urges Residents to Take Part in January 10, 2017 Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin, Opioid Crisis

January 6, 2017

Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic will be the focus of a third special Telephone Town Hall meeting, to be held at 6:30PM on Tuesday, January 10th from the State Capitol in Harrisburg, according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44)

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News for Constituents – January 4, 2017

January 4, 2017

Make 2017 the year you resolve to improve your financial security and independence with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities’ top ten resolutions to achieve your goal.

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Scarnati Sworn-In as Senate President Pro Tempore

January 3, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate convened today in Harrisburg to mark the start of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.

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Senate President Pro Tempore

January 3, 2017

Senator Joe Scarnati is unanimously re-elected to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore, a position he has held since 2007.
 

Senators Sworn in for New Legislative Session

Senators Sworn in for New Legislative Session

January 3, 2017

Five new Republican state senators, as well as 11 re-elected Republican members, were sworn into office today during ceremonies at the State Capitol.

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Moment of Silence for Trooper Landon Weaver

January 3, 2017

During session, Senator John Eichelberger requests a moment of silence for PA State Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty on December 30, 2016.
 

Scarnati Announces Senate Standing Committee Chairs for 2017-2018

Scarnati Announces Senate Standing Committee Chairs for 2017-2018

December 29, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced the Republican Chairs for each of the 22 Senate Standing Committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session.

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Op-Ed: 2016 Legislative Session End With Progress, New Challenges Await in 2017

December 23, 2016

We have reached the time of year when we reflect on the past and look forward to the fresh start the New Year brings. The same holds true for the Pennsylvania Senate.

Op-Ed: Gov. Wolf’s Puzzling Vetoes Put Reform, Transparency in Jeopardy
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75th Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

December 7, 2016

Capitol ceremony recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
 

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Baker Pushes For Financial And Performance Audit Of UC Call Centers; Says Legislators Need And Taxpayers Deserve Better Answers

December 5, 2016

In a letter to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, has requested financial and performance audits of the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF) and the unemployment compensation system to assess how more than $178.4 million has been spent over the past four years and whether continued funding is justified.

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WAGNER HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE

December 5, 2016

Today Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) held a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to announce that he has filed a Right-to-Know request with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry requesting various records related to the closing of Unemployment Compensation call centers.
 

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News for Constituents – November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is taking applications through March 31, 2017 for home heating assistance to qualifying low- and fixed-income individuals and families, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Income eligibility for heating assistance for a household of one is $17,820, increasing incrementally with a family of ten’s income eligibility set at $73,815. Each additional person over ten raises the limit by $6,240.

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