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House Bill 805

 
Senate and House leaders, along with school board members and education advocates, call on Gov. Tom Wolf to side with Pennsylvania schools and sign House Bill 805. The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act would replace seniority-based teacher furloughs with merit-based decisions. (More)

Heroin Hearings

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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), continues its series of public hearings to explore policies to reduce heroin and opioid addiction, including prevention, treatment and policing.

State Budget

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Details of Gov. Tom Wolf’s second straight state budget with massive tax increases, unsustainable spending and no reform of major cost-drivers, and Senate Republican efforts to protect taxpayers.

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Public Hearing Will Explore Impact of Heroin and Opioid Addiction on June 2

May 25, 2016

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will study the impact of the heroin and opioid addiction crisis during a public hearing in Beaver County on June 2, according to Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Elder Vogel (R-47).

Scavello Bill Defining Three-Wheeled “Autocycles” Set to Become Law

Scavello Bill Defining Three-Wheeled “Autocycles” Set to Become Law

May 23, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) to establish a legal definition for increasingly popular, three-wheeled “autocycles” received final legislative approval and is headed to the Governor to be signed into law.

Senate Calls for action on Statewide Radio System

Senate Calls for action on Statewide Radio System

May 19, 2016

Yesterday, the Senate adopted a resolution calling on the Wolf Administration to take action on the Statewide Radio System, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.
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Aument Comments on Governor’s Veto of Bill to Protect Excellent Teachers

Aument Comments on Governor's Veto of Bill to Protect Excellent Teachers

May 19, 2016

Senator Ryan Aument issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s veto of House Bill 805, the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act.

Senate Votes to Send Rafferty Ignition Interlock Legislation to Governor

Senate Votes to Send Rafferty Ignition Interlock Legislation to Governor

May 18, 2016

The State Senate today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would require most first-time offenders of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to install ignition interlocks on their vehicle for at least one year.
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Senate Passes Mensch Bill to Continue State Military College Legislative Appointment Program and Mensch Resolution Urging Administration to Update Statewide Radio Network System

Senate Passes Mensch Bill to Continue State Military College Legislative Appointment Program and Mensch Resolution Urging Administration to Update Statewide Radio Network System

May 18, 2016

Senator Bob Mensch’s (R-24) legislation, SB 1194, to remove the sunset date of June 30, 2016 from the “State Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative” (Act 29 of 2012) passed the Senate unanimously.
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Legislators Outline Measures to Institute Cross-Reporting for Child, Animal Abuse

Legislators Outline Measures to Institute Cross-Reporting for Child, Animal Abuse

May 18, 2016

Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R-37) and Representative Joseph Petrarca held a capitol news conference yesterday to discuss their legislation to institute cross reporting measures for child and animal abuse.
 
 
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Senate Adopts EMS Resolutions

Senate Adopts EMS Resolutions

May 18, 2016

The Senate yesterday adopted two Resolutions introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich recognizing the service and dedication of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Medical Service providers.

Donate Life PA Act Passes Senate

Donate Life PA Act Passes Senate

May 18, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17th, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s Donate Life PA Act, SB 180, to help increase organ and tissue donation in the Commonwealth.
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Senate Approves Bill to Transfer Philipsburg Property to Economic Development Group

Senate Approves Bill to Transfer Philipsburg Property to Economic Development Group

May 17, 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously today to transfer a parcel of land that formerly housed the Philipsburg Hospital to the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34), who sponsored the legislation.
 

Senate Approves Civil Service Modernization Measure

Senate Approves Civil Service Modernization Measure

May 17, 2016

The Senate today approved Senate Bill 1154, a measure introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich that would streamline and modernize Pennsylvania’s Civil Service Act.

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Senate Bill 1221

May 17, 2016

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - May 18, 2016

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Senate, House Leaders Call on Wolf to Protect Excellent Teachers

May 17, 2016

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), along with school board representatives and education advocates, today called on Gov. Tom Wolf to side with Pennsylvania schools and sign House Bill 805.
 

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Senate Bills 163, 1159 & 1227 and House Bills 59, 147, 264, 414 & 1436

May 17, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting - May 17, 2016

Bill Would Provide Early Intervention for Mothers Suffering from Postpartum Depression

Bill Would Provide Early Intervention for Mothers Suffering from Postpartum Depression

May 17, 2016

Newborn and infant children of mothers affected by postpartum depression (PPD) will be eligible for early intervention services under legislation jointly introduced today by Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks).

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