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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

State Budget Senate Republicans review the proposed state budget, advocating fiscal responsibility and prioritizing the need to implement cost-savings and government efficiencies.

Bartolotta Bill Would Expand Practice Authority for Nurses

Bartolotta Bill Would Expand Practice Authority for Nurses

February 15, 2017

A bill introduced today by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) would remove unnecessary state regulations that currently prevent Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) from treating patients to the full extent of their education and training.
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Public Hearing

February 14, 2017

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - February 13, 2017
 

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PLANCON COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING IN RED LION

February 10, 2017

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease of public school buildings (commonly known as PlanCon).

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News for Constituents – Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

April 15 falls on a Saturday in 2017 and is followed by Emancipation Day on Monday, April 17, thereby pushing the deadline to file tax returns and submit payments to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Don’t let the extension delay your refund. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue provides a list of frequently asked questions and direct links to answers to your questions for tax year 2016.

Senate Adopts 3 Resolutions Honoring Military, USO

Senate Adopts 3 Resolutions Honoring Military, USO

February 9, 2017

The Senate this week adopted three Resolutions introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, honoring military veterans and the premier military support organization.
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Senate Passes Reschenthaler’s Sanctuary City Bill

Senate Passes Reschenthaler’s Sanctuary City Bill

February 8, 2017

Seeking to promote greater public safety, the State Senate yesterday approved legislation sponsored by Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R-37) to prevent municipalities from obstructing federal efforts to deport illegal immigrants who pose a danger to Pennsylvania communities and residents.

Sen. Scavello, Rep. Hahn Joined by Families, Advocates to Announce Spinal Cord Disability Research Legislation

Sen. Scavello, Rep. Hahn Joined by Families, Advocates to Announce Spinal Cord Disability Research Legislation

February 8, 2017

State Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) and Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-138) today were joined by families and advocates to announce legislation to fund spinal cord disability research in Pennsylvania.
 

Senate Approves McGarrigle Bill to Strengthen PA Equal Pay Law 

Senate Approves McGarrigle Bill to Strengthen PA Equal Pay Law 

February 8, 2017

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) to update and strengthen Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law was approved by the state Senate today.

Senate Passes Abortion Control Act Reform Legislation

Senate Passes Abortion Control Act Reform Legislation

February 8, 2017

Today the State Senate passed legislation updating the Abortion Control Act to prevent abortions from being performed after 20 weeks and further prohibit dismemberment abortions, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Senate Panel Advances Bill Addressing REAL ID Issues

Senate Panel Advances Bill Addressing REAL ID Issues

February 8, 2017

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee approved legislation today designed to advance the conversation regarding Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, according to Committee Chairman Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36).
 

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Finance Committee Approves Bills to Help Small Businesses

February 8, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee approved three bills on Tuesday (February 7) intended to help Pennsylvania’s small businesses expand and grow, according to Committee Chairman Senator Scott Hutchinson.
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Senate Approves Senator Eichelberger’s “Paycheck Protection” Bill

February 8, 2017

Public sector union members moved toward gaining greater control of their earnings today, as the Senate passed momentous legislation sponsored by Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair). Senate Bill 166 would guarantee an end to the payroll deduction of political contributions from government employees.

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Senate Leaders Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal: Raise Concerns About Future Cost-Drivers, Including Pensions

February 7, 2017

Responding to Governor Wolf’s budget address today, Senate Republicans said they will continue to advocate fiscal responsibility, as they have done in previous budgets, and prioritize the process of finding government efficiencies.
 
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SB 7 (Taxpayer Protection Act)

SB 7 (Taxpayer Protection Act)

February 7, 2017

Today, the PA Senate Finance Committee passed Senator Mike Folmer’s (R-48) Senate Bill 7, the “Taxpayer Protection Act”, which would limit the growth in state government spending.

Senate Passes Senator Mensch’s Performance Based Budgeting Bill

Senate Passes Senator Mensch's Performance Based Budgeting Bill

February 7, 2017

Harrisburg –  On Monday, February 6, 2017, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Senator Bob Mensch’s (R-24) Performance Based Budgeting bill.
 
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