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

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]

Feb

02

2015

February 02, 2015

“These bills will give landowners more weapons to use in their arguments with the gas drilling companies that pay their royalties. We’ve tried to provide them with the tools that they can use to determine the accuracy of their royalty reports.” - Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chairman Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming)   [Read More]

Jan

26

2015

January 26, 2015

“We must work together to change the structural deficit problems in the state. We have a bucket that is leaking. It would be a misstep to persist at putting water in the bucket without first plugging the leak.” - Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre)   [Read More]

Oct

14

2014

October 14, 2014

"Mike Waugh was a good man and a good friend. As a member of the General Assembly – first in the House, then in the Senate – he quickly became a statewide leader on agricultural issues. Mike earned universal respect from his colleagues with the quiet, determined way he approached issues.” - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware)   [Read More]

Oct

06

2014

October 06, 2014

"Every area of Pennsylvania has seen the tragic impact of the heroin crisis. It’s happening in Chester and Delaware counties – my district – and it’s happening in every Senate district. Over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania. We have a responsibility to take action, and Senate Bill 1164 will save lives.” - Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware)   [Read More]

Sep

22

2014

September 22, 2014

“This bill is about permitting the 500 school districts of this Commonwealth to have greater choices when it comes to protecting our most precious resource – our children." - Sen. Don White (R-Indiana)   [Read More]

Sep

15

2014

September 15, 2014

“There is significant interest in the General Assembly, the Corbett Administration, school board members and the general public to establish a formula to provide a predictable source for the distribution of those dollars.” - Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)   [Read More]

Jun

23

2014

June 23, 2014

"Lyme disease is reaching epidemic proportions in the commonwealth. I look forward to seeing SB 177 signed into law so we can more closely monitor Lyme carrying ticks and help people avoid this debilitating disease." - Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)   [Read More]

Jun

16

2014

June 16, 2014

“While the changes streamlined our local tax system, they also had the unfortunate consequence of removing this important tax benefit for our military. It has been long-standing policy that the wages they earn for active-duty service should not be subject to local tax.” - Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne)   [Read More]

Jun

09

2014

June 09, 2014

“Athletics are a wonderful way for students to learn important teamwork skills and to have fun. Parents have a right to feel secure in knowing that their children are safe when participating in sports and that child predators are not able to use athletics as a way to harm children.” - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)   [Read More]

Jun

02

2014

June 02, 2014

“If there is a need to re-open the existing gaming laws to address new trends and changes surrounding the gaming industry, then we should address that now, in order to maintain the industry’s health and vitality in the future.” - Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee Chair Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland)   [Read More]