Senate News Brief

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

March 25, 2019 — Senate Republican News Brief
February 4, 2019 — Senate Republican News Brief
October 1, 2018 — Senate Republican News Brief
June 18, 2018 — Senate Republican News Brief
June 11, 2018 — Senate Republican News Brief
March 26, 2018 — Senate Republican Newsbrief
February 5, 2018 — Senate Republican News Brief

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]

May

05

2014

May 05, 2014

“We have to make hard decisions. At the end of the day our revenues have to match our expenditures. Our expenditures are growing at a rapid rate.” – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre)   [Read More]

Apr

28

2014

April 28, 2014

“When the Commonwealth invests in these businesses, it is an investment that strengthens the economic fiber of our communities and, directly or indirectly, sustains the quality of life for us all.” – Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango)   [Read More]

Apr

07

2014

April 07, 2014

“As a small business owner, I want to help create jobs and opportunities and bring fiscal responsibility to state government.” Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), who was sworn into office on Wednesday.   [Read More]

Mar

31

2014

March 31, 2014

“As revelations and allegations about the conduct of public officials in Pennsylvania continue to weaken public confidence in the General Assembly, it is imperative that we make significant, immediate changes. A ban on cash gifts to legislators will be a strong step forward.” — Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) announcing with Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) plans to introduce legislation to impose an absolute ban on legislators accepting cash gifts from lobbyists, principals, consultants and others who seek to influence the legislative process.   [Read More]

Mar

31

2014

March 31, 2014

“As revelations and allegations about the conduct of public officials in Pennsylvania continue to weaken public confidence in the General Assembly, it is imperative that we make significant, immediate changes. A ban on cash gifts to legislators will be a strong step forward.” – Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne)   [Read More]

Mar

17

2014

March 17, 2014

“Over the course of this difficult winter, I have heard from schools across my district that additional flexibility will allow them to more effectively deal with scheduling issues caused by the inclement weather. While we cannot control the weather that occurred, we can provide school officials with the flexibility to meet the state’s instructional requirement.” – Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre)   [Read More]

Mar

10

2014

March 10, 2014

“Hal was intelligent, knowledgeable and compassionate, and he had a great sense of humor. When you worked with him, you always came away from the process with even more respect for the man and his abilities. He was a consummate professional in every way.” – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware)   [Read More]

Feb

04

2014

February 04, 2014

“The Senate Majority Caucus Chair plays an integral role in the day-to-day operation of Senate, especially on session days. Senator Gordner’s diligent work ethic and strong organizational skills will be a tremendous asset to the Republican Caucus as he takes on this position.” – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)   [Read More]