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Senators seek to boost number of welfare investigators in order to crack down on fraud and abuse

February 23, 2017

HARRISBURG – Three senators are advocating for additional investigators within the Office of Inspector General with a sole purpose: find welfare waste, fraud, abuse and misuse.
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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
 

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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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 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).
 

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 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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Senator Corman
 
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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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Senate Passes DRPA Reform Bill with Bipartisan Support

February 6, 2017

The Senate of Pennsylvania today passed an important government reform bill with bipartisan support (38-11) sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).
 

SB 7, SB 173, SB 201, SB 202 & SB 203

February 3, 2017

Senate Finance Committee - February 7, 2017
 

REAL ID

February 3, 2017

Senate Communications & Technology Committee - February 8, 2017
 

Nomination of Estelle Richman to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission

February 3, 2017

Senate Education Committee - February 7, 2017
 

Meeting to consider bills and hearing on project delivery

February 2, 2017

Senate Transportation Committee - February 8, 2017
 

Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Pennsylvania Waterways

February 2, 2017

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee - Feburary 7, 2017
 

Committees to Hold Hearing on Veterans’ Issues

February 2, 2017

The Senate VETERANS AFFAIRS & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Committee and the House VETERANS AFFAIRS & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Committee will hold a joint public hearing on Wednesday, February 8, to consider issues of importance to Pennsylvania’s 1 million veterans, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate committee.
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Senate Panel Approves Bill to Allow Game Commission to Establish Fees for Hunting and Fur-Taking Licenses

February 1, 2017

Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) today held his first meeting as chair of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee.  The panel reported three bills out of committee and to the Senate, including a measure the Senator sponsored which would give the Pennsylvania Game Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for hunting and fur-taking licenses.
 

Senate Committee Votes to reform Pennsylvania’s Asset Forfeiture Law

January 31, 2017

Today, the PA Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) and Senator Joe Scarnati’s (R-25) Senate Bill 8, to reform Pennsylvania’s Asset Forfeiture Law.
 

Senate Approves “Reboot” of SR 60

January 31, 2017

The Senate today approved a measure to review Pennsylvania’s progress in providing essential support to its volunteer fire departments and EMS organizations, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, prime sponsor of the measure.
 

SB 9, SB 166, SB 167, SB 169

January 27, 2017

Senate State Government Committee - January 31, 2017
 

SB 30, SB 123 and SB 192

January 27, 2017

Senate Game and Fisheries Committee - February 1, 2017
 

SB 8, SB 146, SB 176, SB 221 and SB 222

January 27, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting - January 31, 2017
 

Committee Approves Rafferty DRPA Bill Despite Governor’s Efforts to Halt Reforms

January 24, 2017

The Senate Transportation Committee today approved an important government reform bill sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).
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Senate Bills 10 and 128

January 24, 2017

Senate Local Government Committee - January 25, 2017
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

75th Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

December 7, 2016

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

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.
 

Public Hearing

November 21, 2016

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

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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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.
 

Killion Bill One of the First of Several Opioid Abuse Bills in Package to Reach Governor

October 27, 2016

The General Assembly today unanimously approved and sent to the governor legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-9) to implement Safe Opioid Prescribing Curriculum in Pennsylvania’s medical training facilities, in an effort to stem the state’s growing opioid addiction crisis.
 

House approves Argall demolition funding proposal

October 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives approved a bill authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would allow counties across Pennsylvania to create a local demolition funding program.
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Senate Approves Legislation Addressing Sanctuary Cities

October 26, 2016

The Senate approved legislation today that would prevent municipalities from obstructing federal efforts to deport illegal immigrants who pose a danger to Pennsylvania communities.
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Fee Bill Targeting Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in State Government Headed to Governor’s Desk

October 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mindy Fee (R-Manheim) today was joined by Senator Ryan Aument (R-Landisville) and Senator Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to call on Governor Tom Wolf to sign House Bill 1618 into law, a measure finally passed by the General Assembly yesterday that would create by statute the Office of Inspector General in Pennsylvania.
 

Informational Meeting on the State Veterans Commission

October 25, 2016

Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees - October 26, 2016
 

Senate Sends Bartolotta’s Transportation Network Company Bill to the Governor

October 24, 2016

Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft, which offer prearranged transportation services through the use of a digital network, could continue to operate statewide under legislation approved by the Senate and sent to the governor today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Animal Abuse Prevention Measure

October 24, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved legislation today that combines a number of proposals designed to prevent animal abuse and neglect, according to Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33).
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August flood in Connellsville

October 24, 2016

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee - October 25, 2016
 
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SB 841 and 893

October 24, 2016

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee - October 25, 2016
 
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SB 978, HB 1698, HB 2241, SB 1158

October 18, 2016

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee - October 19, 2016
 

Senators Outline Efforts To Build on Measures to Address, Prevent Animal Cruelty

October 18, 2016

At a news conference today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) held a news conference to outline plans to continue legislative efforts to combat animal cruelty in Pennsylvania.
Senator Rafferty's Remarks
Senator Alloway's Remarks
Senator Scavello's Remarks

Chesapeake Bay Strategies

October 14, 2016

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Senate environmental Resources & Energy Committee - October 18, 2016
 
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Benefits of Waste Coal Facilities

October 13, 2016

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee - October 11, 2016
 

Senator Mensch Introduces Resolution Recognizing Community College Completion Week

September 29, 2016

Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) introduced Senate Resolution 442 which designates the week of October 16-22, 2016 as “Community College Completion Week”.

Senate Passes Senator Mensch’s Budget Reform Legislation

September 28, 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 1341, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), which would help eliminate wasteful government spending in Pennsylvania.
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Alloway Hosts Capitol Rally for Libre’s Law

September 28, 2016

Hundreds of pet lovers came together at the state Capitol Building today for a rally hosted by Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) in support of Libre’s Law, legislation to help prevent animal cruelty in Pennsylvania.
 

Senate Approves Legislation to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

September 28, 2016

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved three measures aimed to address the state’s growing opioid addiction crisis, adding to bills already approved by the Senate and sent to the House of Representatives.
 

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Approves Three Bills addressing First Responder Issues

September 27, 2016

Today the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee approved three bills addressing issues for first responders and sent them onto the full Senate for consideration, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny).
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SB 668, SB 1331, HB 850, HB 946, HB 1403 and a Telemedicine Demonstration

September 26, 2016

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee - September 27, 2016
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Reshoring/offshoring, and automation, industrial robotics and 3D printing in relation to the manufacturing industry

September 23, 2016

JOINT HEARING - Economy, Business and Jobs Caucus AND Manufacturing Caucus - September 28, 2016
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NEPA Residents Take Part in Telephone Town Hall on Heroin & Opioid Crisis

September 22, 2016

Nearly 20,000 households took part across 14 northeastern Pennsylvania counties yesterday for a Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by area legislators to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic in the region.
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State and national trends in demographic changes

September 22, 2016

Senate Majority Policy Committee - September 27, 2016
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SB 869, SB 1323, SB 1365, HB 74, HB 185, HB 1070, HB 1398, HB 1497, HB 1496, HB 1974, HB 2084,

September 20, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - September 26, 2016
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Bill to Strengthen PA Veterans Trust Fund Sent to Governor

September 20, 2016

Legislation that will strengthen an important state program that assists those individuals and their families during their time of need received final legislative approval Tuesday and was sent to the Governor for enactment into law, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee and prime sponsor of the bill.
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Senate Leaders Urge State Residents to Take Part in Sept. 21 Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin/Opioid Crisis

September 16, 2016

Combatting Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid crisis will be the focus of a special Telephone Town Hall, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 from the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
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Performance Based Budgeting

September 16, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Majority Policy Committees - September 20, 2016
 
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Waterfront Development Tax Credits

September 15, 2016

Senate Majority Policy - September 15, 2016
 

Beer Distributors Feel Pinch After Wine Expansion; Sen. Killion to Announce Legislative Fix

September 6, 2016

At a news conference today in Glen Mills, Senator Tom Killion (R-9) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1359, a bill that would level the playing field for hundreds of beer distributors throughout Pennsylvania who are now feeling the pressure of increased competition.
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Public Hearing

September 6, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - September 7, 2016
 

Nomination of Bruce Beemer to serve as Attorney General

August 29, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - August 30, 2016
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Public Hearing

August 23, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - August 31, 2016
 

Senate Bill 1306

August 23, 2016

Senate Labor & Industry Committee - August 30, 2016
 
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Title 35 Reauthorization

August 23, 2016

PA Senate & House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees - August 24, 2016
 

Fire & EMS Issues

August 22, 2016

PA Senate & House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees - August 23, 2016
 

Third Saturday of July Designated Anthracite Heritage Day in Pennsylvania

July 6, 2016

The Senate has adopted a resolution sponsored by five senators from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal country officially designating July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in the state.
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Smucker Bill to Ease the Substitute Teacher Shortage Passes the Senate

June 30, 2016

A bill authored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) to increase the pool of substitute teachers across the state passed the Senate today.
 

Senate Approves Bill Addressing Cancer Drug Cost Disparity

June 30, 2016

Senator Don White voted for a measure approved by the Senate today (June 28) that improves accessibility of oral chemotherapy treatments and urged his colleagues to continue that effort by supporting legislative action to address health care affordability.
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Senate Approves Reschenthaler Resolution Aimed At Improving Care for Mentally Ill

June 30, 2016

The State Senate this week approved a resolution sponsored by Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R-37) urging Congress to support federal legislation to provide greater assistance to individuals with mental illness and their families.
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Senate Leaders Hail Passage of On-Time, State Spending Plan: Measure Will Increase Funds for Schools, Drug Prevention 

June 29, 2016

The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
 
 

Senate Approves Fire & EMS Grants Extension

June 28, 2016

The Senate passed a bill that reauthorizes a popular Fire/EMS grant program for four years, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
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HB 1947

June 28, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 28, 2016
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To Consider Judicial Nominations

June 27, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 29, 2016
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To consider the following nominations

June 24, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 27, 2016
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Nomination of Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli for Pennsylvania Adjutant General

June 24, 2016

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee - June 28, 2016
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Senate Approves Stefano Bill to Allow Game Commission to Establish Fees for Hunting and Fur-Taking Licenses

June 23, 2016

The State Senate this week approved legislation sponsored by Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) that would give the Pennsylvania Game Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for hunting and fur-taking licenses.
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Governor Signs Bills to Protect Energy-Related Jobs

June 23, 2016

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Two bills addressing state and federal energy regulations -- including legislation introduced by Senator Don White to protect family-sustaining Pennsylvania jobs placed at risk by the federal Clean Power Plan -- were signed into law today (June 23) by the Governor.

Governor Signs Bill Protecting Conventional Oil/Gas Production in PA

June 23, 2016

The Governor today (June 23) signed into law legislation that promotes Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and natural gas industry and removes it from onerous and inappropriate regulations imposed by the Department of Environment Protection (DEP) that are intended for Marcellus Shale operations, according to Senator Scott E. Hutchinson.
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Senate Bills 20, 141, 142, 666, 1282, 1307 and House Bills 1437 and 1500

June 22, 2016

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - June 22, 2016
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Discussion of New Federal Overtime Rules

June 20, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Labor and Industry Committees - June 21, 2016
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Prostate Cancer Task Force

June 17, 2016

Senator Bob Mensch makes remarks at a ceremonial bill signing for Act 66 of 2015, legislation that directed the Department of Health to establish a 15-member task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions to investigate and make recommendations.
 

Legislators, Health Advocates Push for Telemedicine Initiatives

June 15, 2016

Senators Tom Killion (R-9) and Elder Vogel Jr. (R-47) today joined legislators and health care advocates at a Harrisburg news conference to outline initiatives aimed at promoting telemedicine in Pennsylvania.
 
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Senator Killion's remarks
Senator Vogel's remarks

Bills to Protect Energy-Related Jobs Sent to the Governor

June 15, 2016

Two bills addressing state and federal energy regulations -- including legislation introduced by Senator Don White to protect family-sustaining Pennsylvania jobs placed at risk by the federal Clean Power Plan -- received final legislative approval Wednesday (June 15) and were sent to the Governor, who is expected to sign them into law.
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Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee aids veterans’ business start-ups, creates military decorations and codifies Civil Air Patrol

June 14, 2016

Today, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Chairman Randy Vulakovich, reported two measures strengthening the Commonwealth's support for our veteran’s community and another bill that enhances the status of the Civil Air Patrol.
 
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SR 294 and 365

June 13, 2016

Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee - June 29, 2016
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House Bills 1600, 1727 and 2026

June 13, 2016

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee - June 14, 2016
 
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HB 1947

June 13, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 13, 2016
 
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To consider nominations to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole

June 10, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 14, 2016
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Senate Bill 413

June 9, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 14, 2016
 
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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

June 9, 2016

Senate Majority Policy Committee - June 14, 2016
 
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Legislators, Advocacy Groups Hail New Ignition Interlock Law as Important Tool in Saving Lives, Fighting Drunk Driving

June 8, 2016

At a capitol news conference today, legislators, families of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) victims, and advocacy groups showed their support for Pennsylvania’s new ignition interlock law, saying it will save lives and prevent repeat drunk driving attempts.
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News Conference
 
Senator Bartolotta

Senate Committee Approves Yaw, Wozniak Measure to Increase Education in Pain Management, Opioid Prescribing Practices

June 7, 2016

Legislation requiring continuing medical education (CME) training for those professionals licensed to prescribe in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was approved today by the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, according to the bill sponsors Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) and Senator John Wozniak (D-35).
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Adam Blank to Join Advocates for Early Intervention Services

June 7, 2016

Pittsburgh-area resident Adam P. Blank, a young, motivational speaker, will headline a press conference spotlighting the power of preschool early intervention services. Adam is a college student who has challenges of vision impairment, albinism and autism.
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SB 1113, SB 1261, SB 1271, SB 1274 and HB 44

June 2, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 7, 2016
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Nomination of Harry Gamble for Board of Claims

June 1, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 8, 2016
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Public hearing on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

June 1, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 7, 2016
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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)

June 1, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate and House Education Committees - June 7, 2016
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Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing

June 1, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing - June 6, 2016

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