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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 Bills 42, 59, 60, 62 and 69

January 23, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting - January 24, 2017

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Chairmen Announce New Effort to Assist PA’s First Responders

January 23, 2017

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly kicked off the 2017-18 Legislative Session on Monday (January 23), the leaders of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee announced a renewed effort to assist Pennsylvania’s first responders.
 

Scarnati Announces Senate Republican Standing  Committee Memberships for 2017-2018

Scarnati Announces Senate Republican Standing Committee Memberships for 2017-2018

January 20, 2017

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

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Winter Preparedness

January 20, 2017

Senate Transportation Committee - January 24, 2017
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Proposed State Correctional Institution Closures

January 20, 2017

Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee - January 23, 2017
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Senate Leaders Pleased that US Dept of Homeland Security Will Grant PA Extension to Meet REAL ID Act Requirements

January 19, 2017

Over the last few weeks, many constituents have reached out after the Commonwealth was notified by the United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) that restrictions on Pennsylvania residents under the Real ID Act of 2005 (Real ID) will soon begin.  These restrictions will impact access to federal buildings on January 30, 2017, and air travel beginning January 22, 2018.
Letter from Governor Tom Wolf to US Department of Homeland Security - January 13, 2017
Letter from US Department of Homeland Security to Governor Tom Wolf - January 18, 2017

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Media Advisory - Committee Leaders to Announce SR 60 “Reboot”

January 19, 2017

Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Senator Jay Costa, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Representative Steve Barrar, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Representative Chris Sainato, Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, will co-host a press conference at noon on Monday, January 23, in the Media Center of the State Capitol East Wing.

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Joint Statement by Senators Lisa Baker and Kim Ward on Auditor General’s SIIF Audit

January 19, 2017

Senators Lisa Baker and Kim Ward, past and current chairs of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, issued the following statement regarding Auditor General DePasquale’s announcement that he has launched a performance audit of the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF)

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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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