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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.

State Budget

BudgetButton - 250 The state Senate passed a balanced and on-time state budget bill that boosts education funding to historic levels and fights the state’s opioid epidemic with no broad-based tax increase.

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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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Senate Leaders Urge Governor To Reconsider U.C. Furlough Threats

November 29, 2016

Senate Republican leaders sent the following letter to Governor Wolf asking him to provide specific information on unemployment compensation funding that has not been forthcoming and criticized his decision to furlough employees and close U.C. call centers as a means to politicize the issue.

New Option for Hunters Signed Into Law

New Option for Hunters Signed Into Law

November 22, 2016

Governor Wolf signed into law on Monday (November 21) legislation that included a provision introduced by Senator Scott Hutchinson that will allow for the use of modern semi-automatic sporting rifles for hunting in Pennsylvania.

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Public Hearing

November 21, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - November 21, 2016
 

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2015-2016 Senate Accomplishments

November 18, 2016

The 2015-16 legislative session began with a new Governor determined to impose an agenda out of touch with ordinary Pennsylvanians, including massive government growth and the largest tax increase in Commonwealth history.

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for 2017-2018 Legislative Session

November 16, 2016

After voters re-elected all Republican incumbents and five new Senators last week, Senate Republicans strengthened their majority to the largest level in 66 years. Today, Senate Republicans re-elected their leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session, retaining the current team to serve in their respective roles.

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Senate Republicans Welcome Members to Growing Majority

November 10, 2016

Senate Republicans are welcoming five new members to the Senate majority, including three elected by voters to seats previously held by Democrats.

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To review emergency preparedness and response measures for natural gas/petroleum pipeline infrastructure

November 10, 2016

JOINT HEARING - Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee AND House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee - November 16, 2016
 
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Rafferty and Costa Bill to Help PA Turnpike Collect Unpaid Tolls Signed into Law

Rafferty and Costa Bill to Help PA Turnpike Collect Unpaid Tolls Signed into Law

November 4, 2016

Legislation that includes a provision sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) and Senator Jay Costa, Jr. (D-43) to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission collect more than $5 million in unpaid tolls was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Rafferty Bill Modernizing Transit Revitalization Investment Districts Signed into Law

Rafferty Bill Modernizing Transit Revitalization Investment Districts Signed into Law

November 4, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) to modernize and reform private investments at mass transit hubs was enacted by Gov. Tom Wolf today.

Bartolotta’s Transportation Network Company Bill Signed Into Law

Bartolotta’s Transportation Network Company Bill Signed Into Law

November 4, 2016

Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft will continue to operate in Pennsylvania based on legislation that was signed into law today, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), the bill’s sponsor.
 

Rafferty Urges SEPTA, Transit Workers to Reach Agreement, Avoid Strike

Rafferty Urges SEPTA, Transit Workers to Reach Agreement, Avoid Strike

October 31, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John C. Rafferty, Jr., urged the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 – which represents over 4,700 SEPTA City Transit Division operators, mechanics, trade specialists and maintenance custodians – to expeditiously reach an agreement on a new contract before tonight’s midnight deadline.

Rafferty Blasts Wolf’s Decision to Veto DRPA Reform Measure

Rafferty Blasts Wolf’s Decision to Veto DRPA Reform Measure

October 28, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf’s decision today to veto legislation intended to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is “disappointing coming from someone who campaigned on the platform of reform and a fresh start,” according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44).

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Open Letter From State Senate Leaders to PA Health Insurers Regarding Obamacare Rates

October 28, 2016

Attached is an open letter to Pennsylvania health insurers from Senator President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Don White regarding the recently approved Obamacare rates. Attached Letter

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Open Letter From State Senate Leaders to PA Health Insurers Regarding Obamacare Rates

October 28, 2016

Attached is an open letter to Pennsylvania health insurers from Senator President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Don White regarding the recently approved Obamacare rates. Attached Letter

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