News Releases

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2019

November 21, 2019

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) that would increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from age 18 to 21 received final Senate approval today and is set to be signed into law.   [Read More]

Nov

21

2019

November 21, 2019

The Senate gave final approval today to a bill that would help reduce the risk of patients falling victim to opioid addiction, according to Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36), who authored the bill.   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

 

The Senate approved a comprehensive package of bills today to support survivors of sexual abuse, including legislation to reform the statute of limitations to give survivors a retroactive two- year civil window to file claims, according to Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr, (R-35) who strongly supported the bills.   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Statute of Limitations Child Sexual Abuse Reform Package   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

 

Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, offered the following remarks in support of the statute of limitations reform efforts, and her amendment to change the time that a person between the ages of 18 and 23 has to bring a civil claim for sexual abuse from 2 years under current law to the age of 30, increase the criminal statute of limitations to 20 years for this same class of victims, up from the existing 12 years after the offense was committed, and transfer $5 million into the Crime Victims Compensation Fund to fund counseling services. Sen. Baker's remarks on HB 962 Sen. Baker’s remarks on HB 963   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

 

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) issued the following statement today regarding passage of legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage incrementally from $7.25 to $9.50 by January 1, 2022:     [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

 

A bill that would prohibit the practice of selectively aborting babies based solely on a diagnosis of Down syndrome earned Senate approval today, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13), who supported the bill.     [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

Senate Transportation Committee | November 21, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. | Rules Room   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

 

Today, the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, approved five measures aiding military families and veterans, according to Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland and York), Chairman of the Committee.     [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee passed a bill today that would provide a valuable new marketing tool for businesses owned by veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

The Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will hold a workshop discussion to discuss regional highway funding. Watch Live   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee advanced a proposal that will consolidate the state’s information technology under one entity and create standards to strengthen the state’s cybersecurity efforts, according to committee chair Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).   [Read More]

Nov

19

2019

November 19, 2019

 

Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee | November 20, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. | Main Capitol, Room 461 |     [Read More]

Nov

19

2019

November 19, 2019

 

VIDEO: Senator Scott Martin speaks in support of Senate Bill 74, legislation that will allow companies to apply to the Department of Revenue for a tax credit which they may utilize for that taxable year after making an eligible donation to a Pennsylvania pediatric cancer research hospital. Listen   [Read More]

Nov

19

2019

November 19, 2019

 

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), today held a voting meeting to consider and report three measures to the full Senate, including bills to promote stream cleaning, increasing the cap on grants for household hazardous waste collection events and requiring DEP to forward notices of noncompliance.   [Read More]

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19

2019

November 19, 2019

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement regarding Senator John Yudichak leaving the Senate Democrat Caucus.   [Read More]