Senate News Brief

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

Oct

26

2015

October 26, 2015

“After considerable consultation with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, other members of the Senate and the Governor’s office, it is my view that this step is warranted.” - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)   [Read More]

Oct

19

2015

October 19, 2015

“Hardworking public employees and school teachers should not be forced to have money deducted from their paychecks in order to support a political agenda they do not support.” - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)   [Read More]

Oct

13

2015

October 13, 2015

“It is imperative for lawmakers to support efforts to protect our environment and develop our natural resources safely and responsibly.” - Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington)   [Read More]

Jun

22

2015

June 22, 2015

“This legislation will give all stakeholders time to work together to improve the process and provide fair and effective options for students and parents.”- Senate Education Committee Chair Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster)   [Read More]

Jun

15

2015

June 15, 2015

“The Court agreed with General Assembly’s vision when creating this law – that only through the independence of the office can we ensure that proper scrutiny can be given to government through its public records.” -- Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman   [Read More]

Jun

08

2015

June 08, 2015

“Timely internet publication of all lobbying documents is an important part of improving transparency in state government and providing taxpayers with increased access to information.” - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)   [Read More]

May

11

2015

May 11, 2015

“SB 1 is a historic plan that reflects the seriousness of the situation we face with pensions. It is the most responsible approach for the people of Pennsylvania and will be the most significant public policy achievement of our time.” - Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre)   [Read More]

May

04

2015

May 04, 2015

“Taxpayers have a vested interest in the labor negotiations between public employers and their employees and deserve the right to review contract agreements.” - Pat Stefano (R-Fayette)   [Read More]

Apr

20

2015

April 20, 2015

“Given the tremendous impact our pets have in terms of our quality of life, we owe it to all of these animals to ensure they can enjoy a safe, loving environment before and after they are adopted by loving families.” - Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin)   [Read More]

Mar

02

2015

March 02, 2015

“While a significant reduction in the corporate net income tax sounds appealing, we cannot really assess Gov. Wolf’s proposal in the vacuum in which it is being presented. We need to see exactly how the $1.25 billion impact on the budget will be offset.” - Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre)   [Read More]

Feb

23

2015

February 23, 2015

“These resources fueled the industrial revolution and transformed our nation’s economy. This industry is an important part of the regional economy. It should be supported by the state, not stymied by excessive and unnecessary regulatory burdens.” - Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango)   [Read More]

Feb

17

2015

February 17, 2015

“As it stands, if a victim of rape decides to keep a child that was conceived as a result of the rape, she could be forced under state law to interact with the perpetrator on a regular basis if he demands his visitation rights.” - Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny)   [Read More]