Senate News Brief

A preview of what’s ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

March 26, 2018 — Senate Republican Newsbrief
February 5, 2018 — Senate Republican News Brief

Mar

26

2018

March 26, 2018

“Without the use of risk assessment tools, it can be extremely difficult for judges to know whether an offender still poses an imminent danger to his or her victim. Expanding the use of these tools could give judges a clearer picture of the abusers who are most likely to continue to terrorize their victims if they are released on bail.” - Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington)   [Read More]

Jan

29

2018

January 29, 2018

“The ruling by the State Supreme Court is a partisan action showing a distinct lack of respect for the Constitution and the legislative process. The PA Supreme Court has overstepped its legal authority and set up an impossible deadline that will only introduce chaos in the upcoming Congressional election.” - Joint statement by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) expressing outrage with the Jan. 22 State Supreme Court ruling calling PA Congressional District Maps unconstitutional.   [Read More]

Oct

23

2017

October 23, 2017

“Medicaid is an enormous part of our state budget, and the cost to taxpayers will only continue to grow in the future. As we continue to grapple with a multi-billion dollar deficit, we should be exploring every way to potentially save tax dollars. It is extremely disappointing that Governor Wolf chose to ignore the potential benefits of a program that has already proven to be successful in other states.” - Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster)   [Read More]

Jun

26

2017

June 26, 2017

“Properly run recovery houses can turn lives around, but unregulated, unscrupulous recovery houses are wasting not only taxpayer dollars, but lives. Individuals and entire communities suffer when an opportunity for recovery is sacrificed for a quick profit. Passing Senate Bill 446 says we are not going to tolerate that.” - Sen. Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware)   [Read More]

Jun

19

2017

June 19, 2017

“The Inspector General is one of the first lines of defense in preventing our tax dollars from being wasted and abused. Ensuring this office can continue to operate without any undue influence is the best way to make certain our tax dollars are used wisely and that state government is operated in an appropriate manner.” - Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster)   [Read More]

Jun

12

2017

June 12, 2017

“The fundamental problem facing the Commonwealth with its current pension plans is that its collective risk profile is way too high. This pension proposal will allow the state to more effectively mitigate potential debt, provide a competitive benefit for our employees and build a solid platform for the Commonwealth’s future fiscal health by providing the largest risk transfer in the country.” - Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)   [Read More]

May

08

2017

May 08, 2017

“These children are victims, not criminals. There is no such thing as a child prostitute.” - Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)   [Read More]

Apr

24

2017

April 24, 2017

“Any public employee who violates the public trust in this manner should forfeit his or her pension. However, in too many cases, the guilty are able to strike a plea deal and continue collecting a taxpayer-funded pension. That needs to end.” - Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin)   [Read More]

Mar

27

2017

March 27, 2017

“The people have a right to know who is lobbying, what they are spending to impact public policy, and the issues at which those lobbying efforts are being directed. Timely internet publication of all lobbying documents is an important part of improving transparency in state government.” - Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie)   [Read More]

Jun

22

2016

June 22, 2016

Senate Reconvenes at 3 p.m. The Senate has scheduled sessions days Wednesday, June 22 through Thursday, June 30. Dates and times are subject to change:   [Read More]

Jun

13

2016

June 13, 2016

“One of my primary concerns in considering any change to liquor and beer sales is how we can make the process more convenient for consumers. The final product approved by the governor today will provide a much-needed update to the system and give consumers many of the reforms they have asked for, while at the same time generating additional state revenues that could help close the budget deficit.” - Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks)   [Read More]

May

16

2016

May 16, 2016

“In the unfortunate event that a school district must furlough a teacher, we need to make sure that the very best remain. If we want high performing schools where every child has an opportunity to experience earned success, we cannot allow the vestiges of a system that protects low-performing educators to remain.” - Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster)   [Read More]