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Robinson Bill Allowing Doorless Driving of Jeeps, Broncos Becomes Law
July 15, 2024

Robinson Bill Allowing Doorless Driving of Jeeps, Broncos Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) to allow doorless driving in Pennsylvania for vehicles such as Jeeps and Broncos was signed into law today.  [Read More]

Aument Proposal to Limit Student Smartphone Use During School Signed into Law
July 15, 2024

Aument Proposal to Limit Student Smartphone Use During School Signed into Law

The General Assembly passed and the Governor signed a proposal championed by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) to improve students’ mental health and academic performance by giving schools the resources they need to effectively limit student smartphone use during the school day.  [Read More]

Regan Armed School Security Legislation Achieves Final Passage, Heads to Governor
July 12, 2024

Regan Armed School Security Legislation Achieves Final Passage, Heads to Governor

Every school district across the commonwealth will have an armed school security officer thanks to the passage of legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Regan (R-31).  [Read More]

Senate Passes Stefano, Costa Bill Offering New Option to Reinstate Driving Privilege
July 12, 2024

Senate Passes Stefano, Costa Bill Offering New Option to Reinstate Driving Privilege

The Senate passed a bill sponsored by Sens. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Jay Costa (D-43) that would allow magisterial district judges to give Pennsylvania drivers who are unable to pay the fees and fines of their suspended license the option to pursue community service as a payment alternative.  [Read More]

Argall: Bipartisan Budget Support Students
July 12, 2024

Argall: Bipartisan Budget Support Students

Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) voted to support the 2024-25 state budget, which cuts $740 million from Governor Shapiro’s original proposal and adds nearly $740 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund to protect against future economic downturns, when it was approved by a strongly bipartisan vote of 44-5 by the state Senate.  [Read More]

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July 12, 2024

Yaw Measure Establishing Carbon Capture Framework in PA Headed to Governor’s Desk

Legislation to establish the legal and regulatory framework for potential carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) in Pennsylvania is headed to the governor’s desk, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measure.  [Read More]

Senate Finalizes Empowering, Fiscally Responsible, Pro-Growth 2024-25 State Budget
July 11, 2024

Senate Finalizes Empowering, Fiscally Responsible, Pro-Growth 2024-25 State Budget

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) announced the approval of a fiscally responsible 2024-25 state budget today that is honest with taxpayers, creates new job opportunities for state residents, includes no new taxes and addresses the economic and demographic challenges the state faces in the years ahead.  [Read More]

Bartolotta Tax Bill Helping Landowners with Mineral Rights Set for Enactment
July 11, 2024

Bartolotta Tax Bill Helping Landowners with Mineral Rights Set for Enactment

The Senate approved Sen. Camera Bartolotta’s (R-46) bill today to give hardworking Pennsylvanians the same tax benefits afforded to investors. The bill was also amended to include language describing the tax code for the state budget.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill’s Regulatory Reform Bill Incorporated into State Budget
July 11, 2024

Phillips-Hill’s Regulatory Reform Bill Incorporated into State Budget

In a significant move toward cutting government red tape, the state budget approved by the General Assembly included major regulatory reform efforts championed by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

Pennycuick Bill Ensuring Educational Opportunities for Children of National Guard and Reserve Members Receives Final Legislative Approval
July 11, 2024

Pennycuick Bill Ensuring Educational Opportunities for Children of National Guard and Reserve Members Receives Final Legislative Approval

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to reduce the educational challenges faced by children of National Guard and Reserve members was approved by the House of Representatives today and is set to become law. Senate Bill 209 was unanimously approved by the Senate in June.  [Read More]

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July 11, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Establish Vietnam War Veterans Day in PA

The state Senate Wednesday advanced a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would mark March 29 each year as Vietnam War Veterans Day in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

House, Senate Agree on Bill to Eliminate Alternative Fuel Tax for Electric Vehicle Owners, Fund Roads and Bridges
July 11, 2024

House, Senate Agree on Bill to Eliminate Alternative Fuel Tax for Electric Vehicle Owners, Fund Roads and Bridges

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) to eliminate Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Tax (AFT) on electric vehicle (EV) owners and replace it with a flat fee is set to become law. Senate Bill 656 significantly reduces the procedural burden on EV owners, simplifies the process, and eliminates the need for intrusive monthly reports.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Pennycuick, Farry Measure Modernizing Workers’ Compensation Payments
July 11, 2024

Senate Approves Pennycuick, Farry Measure Modernizing Workers’ Compensation Payments

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) and Sen. Frank Farry (R-6) to make the Workers’ Compensation system more efficient by moving more benefit payments from paper checks to direct deposit.   [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano PA VETConnect Bill
July 10, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano PA VETConnect Bill

The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) to establish in law the PA VETConnect program to help Pennsylvania veterans access programs, services and benefits in their communities.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Bill to Protect Pennsylvanians’ Access to Community Pharmacies
July 10, 2024

Senate Approves Bill to Protect Pennsylvanians’ Access to Community Pharmacies

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Representative Benham (D-36) and Representative Gaydos (R-44) to protect Pennsylvanians’ access to medications by providing relief to community pharmacies threatened by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).  Senators Judy Ward (R-30) and Christine Tartaglione (D-2) sponsored the Senate version of this legislation, Senate Bill 1000.  [Read More]

Robinson, Kane Bill to Expand Number of Sign Language Interpreters Passes Senate
July 10, 2024

Robinson, Kane Bill to Expand Number of Sign Language Interpreters Passes Senate

Legislation that would modernize the Sign Language Interpreter and Transliterator State Registration Act was passed by the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and John Kane (D-9).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Subpoenas Shapiro Cabinet Official
July 10, 2024

Senate Committee Subpoenas Shapiro Cabinet Official

The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, chaired by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16), today voted to subpoena one of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s cabinet officials – Revenue Secretary Pat Browne – to obtain tax information about the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ).  [Read More]

Robinson Bill Supporting Disabled Veterans’ Rehabilitation and Recreation Approved in Senate
July 9, 2024

Robinson Bill Supporting Disabled Veterans’ Rehabilitation and Recreation Approved in Senate

Legislation supporting disabled veterans has been unanimously approved by the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Ward Bill to Optimize Professional Ongoing Education Tracking System Approved by Senate
July 9, 2024

Ward Bill to Optimize Professional Ongoing Education Tracking System Approved by Senate

The process for tracking continuing education requirements for licensed Pennsylvania professionals would be streamlined and improved under a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) that was approved today by the state Senate.  [Read More]

Budget Negotiations Update
July 9, 2024

Budget Negotiations Update

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) provides the following update on the current state of budget negotiations:  [Read More]

Laughlin Legislation to Help Property Owners Deal With Squatters Heads to Governor
July 9, 2024

Laughlin Legislation to Help Property Owners Deal With Squatters Heads to Governor

Sen. Dan Laughlin’s legislation that would codify Pennsylvania case law to establish more certainty for homeowners, landlords and law enforcement who encounter squatters is on its way to the governor.  [Read More]

Langerholc, Rigby to Introduce Legislation to Provide Reduced Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Law Enforcement
July 9, 2024

Langerholc, Rigby to Introduce Legislation to Provide Reduced Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Law Enforcement

Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) and Rep. Jim Rigby (R-71) today announced their intention to introduce legislation to provide law enforcement with hunting and fishing licenses for $1.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Gebhard Bill Naming New Bridge After Public Servant
July 9, 2024

Senate Passes Gebhard Bill Naming New Bridge After Public Servant

The Senate approved legislation to name a new bridge in honor of the late Sen. David J. Arnold Jr., according to Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48), who authored the legislative language making the designation possible.  [Read More]

Governor Signs Phillips-Hill’s Legislation Modernizing State Dog Law
July 8, 2024

Governor Signs Phillips-Hill’s Legislation Modernizing State Dog Law

Gov. Josh Shapiro signed legislation championed by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill’s (R-York) into law to update Pennsylvania’s dog law. This new law provides license fee exemptions for service dogs used by first responders and addresses regulatory challenges faced by dog boarding kennels.  [Read More]

Stefano, Rothman Bill to Protect Homebuyers and Increase Transparency Set for Enactment
July 3, 2024

Stefano, Rothman Bill to Protect Homebuyers and Increase Transparency Set for Enactment

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Greg Rothman (R-34) to protect homebuyers is set to be signed into law. Senate Bill 1173 would require anyone who conducts residential wholesaling in Pennsylvania to obtain a real estate salesperson license under the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Doorless Driving Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law
July 3, 2024

Robinson’s Doorless Driving Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) that would allow doorless driving for vehicles such as Jeeps and Broncos in Pennsylvania was passed by the House of Representatives today.  [Read More]

Baker’s Bill Modernizing Professional Licensure for Engineers, Surveyors and Geologists Becomes Law
July 3, 2024

Baker’s Bill Modernizing Professional Licensure for Engineers, Surveyors and Geologists Becomes Law

Legislation modernizing the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law was recently signed into law, according to the bill’s sponsor Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

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July 3, 2024

Langerholc Bill Benefiting Veterans, Sportsmen and Farmers Heads for Enactment into Law

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to benefit farmers, veterans and sportsmen in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate today and sent to the governor for his signature.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Aument Bill Limiting Smartphone Use in Schools
July 3, 2024

Senate Passes Aument Bill Limiting Smartphone Use in Schools

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) to improve students’ mental health and academic performance by limiting their use of smartphones in schools.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill’s Legislation Improving State’s Dog Law Heads to Governor’s Desk
July 3, 2024

Phillips-Hill’s Legislation Improving State’s Dog Law Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would update the state’s dog law to extend license fee exemptions to service dogs integral to first responders and address challenges faced by dog boarding kennels.  [Read More]

Laughlin’s Sunday Hunting Bill Approved by Senate
July 3, 2024

Laughlin’s Sunday Hunting Bill Approved by Senate

The state Senate has approved Sen. Dan Laughlin’s legislation that would end Pennsylvania’s prohibition on Sunday hunting.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Brooks Bill to Offer Discounted Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Volunteer Firefighters
July 2, 2024

Senate Approves Brooks Bill to Offer Discounted Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Volunteer Firefighters

The state Senate Monday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) that would enable volunteer firefighters to obtain discounted hunting licenses and fishing licenses in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Culver Bill to Allow Hospice LPNs to Make Death Pronouncements
July 2, 2024

Senate Approves Culver Bill to Allow Hospice LPNs to Make Death Pronouncements

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) to enable licensed practical nurses (LPNs) working in a hospice setting to make death pronouncements.  [Read More]

Robinson: Senate Approves Bill Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans with Specialty License Plate
July 2, 2024

Robinson: Senate Approves Bill Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans with Specialty License Plate

Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) language in House Bill 2301 has been approved by the Senate today to allow recipients of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-EM) to apply for a specialty license plate.  [Read More]

Bill to Modernize Uniform Commercial Code Becomes Law
July 2, 2024

Bill to Modernize Uniform Commercial Code Becomes Law

Sen. Greg Rothman’s (R-34) historic and comprehensive legislation to modernize the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) has been signed into law by the governor.  [Read More]

Robinson: Bill Improving Cancer Treatment Access Signed into Law
July 2, 2024

Robinson: Bill Improving Cancer Treatment Access Signed into Law

Legislation to improve cancer treatment access was signed into law this week, according to Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Argall: Public Hearing to Focus on Antisemitism on Pennsylvania College Campuses
July 2, 2024

Argall: Public Hearing to Focus on Antisemitism on Pennsylvania College Campuses

Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) announced today that the Senate Education Committee will convene a public hearing about the impact of rising antisemitism on Pennsylvania college campuses. The hearing will be held in the State Capitol on Thursday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building.  [Read More]

Bartolotta’s Bill Increasing Health Care Access in Rural Counties Passes Senate Committee
July 1, 2024

Bartolotta’s Bill Increasing Health Care Access in Rural Counties Passes Senate Committee

Legislation to increase access to health care sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) was passed by the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Phillips-Hill’s Transparency Legislation for School Boards Association
July 1, 2024

Senate Approves Phillips-Hill’s Transparency Legislation for School Boards Association

In a decisive move to enhance transparency with entities that receive public benefits, the Senate of Pennsylvania approved legislation that would bring the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) under the state’s Right-to-Know Law, according to the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York). The legislation aims to provide public access to information about how taxpayer dollars are utilized by organizations that participate on the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).   [Read More]

Gebhard Bill Benefitting Police Officers Passes Senate
July 1, 2024

Gebhard Bill Benefitting Police Officers Passes Senate

The Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) to allow Fort Indiantown Gap police officers to be Act 120 certified under the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC).  [Read More]

PA Legislators Announce Relaunch of Bipartisan,  Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus
July 1, 2024

PA Legislators Announce Relaunch of Bipartisan, Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus

Pennsylvania state Sens. John Kane (D-9) and Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) and state Reps. Robert Matzie (D-16) and Tom Mehaffie (R-106) today announced the relaunch of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.  [Read More]

Mastriano, Senate Committee Advance Military Promotions
June 27, 2024

Mastriano, Senate Committee Advance Military Promotions

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), on Wednesday advanced the nominations of nine Pennsylvania National Guard officers designated for promotion.  [Read More]

Bipartisan Bill to Protect State Investments in Israel Passes Senate
June 27, 2024

Bipartisan Bill to Protect State Investments in Israel Passes Senate

Senate Bill 1260, a bill to protect state investments in Israel, passed the Senate today. The bi-partisan legislation is sponsored by Senators Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) and seeks to send a strong message that Pennsylvania stands with Israel.  [Read More]

PA Senate Leaders Share Update on Status of State Budget Negotiations
June 27, 2024

PA Senate Leaders Share Update on Status of State Budget Negotiations

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) issued the following statement today on 2024-25 state budget negotiations:  [Read More]

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June 27, 2024

Senate Approves Langerholc Bill to Empower Parents

The Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation requiring schools to receive parental consent prior to providing certain virtual services, according to bill sponsor Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35).  [Read More]

Brown’s Legislation to Advance Alzheimer’s Support in Pennsylvania Passes Senate
June 27, 2024

Brown’s Legislation to Advance Alzheimer’s Support in Pennsylvania Passes Senate

After two years of dedicated work, legislation to advance support for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) has been passed by the Senate today, according to Sen. Rosemary M. Brown (R-40), the sponsor of the bill.  [Read More]

Vogel, PA Dairy and Agriculture Leaders Highlighted State Dairy Industry in Celebration of National Dairy Month
June 27, 2024

Vogel, PA Dairy and Agriculture Leaders Highlighted State Dairy Industry in Celebration of National Dairy Month

In honor of National Dairy Month, Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) was joined by state dairy and agriculture leaders as they showcased the immense value and impact the state’s dairy industry has on the commonwealth and its residents.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Bill to Notify Parents When Weapons Are Found at Schools
June 26, 2024

Senate Approves Coleman Bill to Notify Parents When Weapons Are Found at Schools

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that would ensure parents are notified when a weapon is discovered at a school or school-sponsored event their child attends.  [Read More]

Gebhard Bill Providing Support to Military Community Passes Senate
June 26, 2024

Gebhard Bill Providing Support to Military Community Passes Senate

The Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) to improve the quality of life for service members, veterans and their families by creating and funding the Service Member Veterans and Their Families Fund (SMVF Fund).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Phillips-Hill’s Bill to Expand Service Dog Fee Exemptions
June 26, 2024

Senate Approves Phillips-Hill’s Bill to Expand Service Dog Fee Exemptions

The full Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would extend license fee exemptions to service dogs integral to fire departments, sheriff’s offices, and rescue services. This exemption previously applied solely to municipal and state police departments.  [Read More]

Bartolotta’s Bill Allowing Year-round Motorcycle Inspections Passes Senate
June 26, 2024

Bartolotta’s Bill Allowing Year-round Motorcycle Inspections Passes Senate

The Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to allow safety inspections to be performed on motorcycles registered in Pennsylvania year-round.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Reduce Juvenile Recidivism
June 26, 2024

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Reduce Juvenile Recidivism

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to help young adults in Allegheny County permanently exit the criminal justice system received unanimous support from the Senate Law and Justice Committee today.  [Read More]

Vogel’s Telemedicine Bill Set to Become Law
June 26, 2024

Vogel’s Telemedicine Bill Set to Become Law

Following the approval from the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives, Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) telemedicine legislation (Senate Bill 739) is now set to become law.  [Read More]

Stefano, Costa Bill Allowing Community Service Alternatives to Driver’s License Suspension Passes Senate Committee
June 26, 2024

Stefano, Costa Bill Allowing Community Service Alternatives to Driver’s License Suspension Passes Senate Committee

The Senate Transportation Committee voted today in favor of a bill sponsored by Sens. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Jay Costa (D-43) that would provide an alternative solution for Pennsylvania drivers who are unable to pay the fees of their suspended license: community service.  [Read More]

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Key Bills for Law Enforcement, Enhanced Public Safety
June 26, 2024

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Key Bills for Law Enforcement, Enhanced Public Safety

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed two significant bills this week aimed at enhancing public safety and protecting Pennsylvanians, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), chair of the committee.  [Read More]

Robinson Applauds Senate’s Passage of Bill Improving Cancer Treatment Access
June 26, 2024

Robinson Applauds Senate’s Passage of Bill Improving Cancer Treatment Access

The Senate approved legislation yesterday to improve cancer treatment access, according to Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Robinson: Ireland Trade Commission Bill Approved by Senate
June 25, 2024

Robinson: Ireland Trade Commission Bill Approved by Senate

Legislation to establish an Ireland Trade Commission in Pennsylvania passed unanimously by the Senate today, according to co-chair of the American Irish State Legislators Caucus and sponsor of the bill, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Pennycuick Measure Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims Set for Enactment
June 25, 2024

Pennycuick Measure Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims Set for Enactment

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to strengthen notification requirements for data breaches and provide affected citizens with free credit monitoring and a credit report is set to be signed into law.  [Read More]

Yaw: House Committee Approves Framework for Carbon Capture Sequestration
June 25, 2024

Yaw: House Committee Approves Framework for Carbon Capture Sequestration

The state House of Representatives Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee today approved Senate Bill 831 to establish the legal and regulatory framework for potential carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) in Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measure.  [Read More]

Aument Bill to Limit Cellphone Use in Schools Passes Senate Committee
June 25, 2024

Aument Bill to Limit Cellphone Use in Schools Passes Senate Committee

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) to improve students’ mental health and learning by limiting their use of cellphones in schools passed the Senate Education Committee today by a vote of 10-1, positioning it for possible consideration in the final 2024-25 state budget.  [Read More]

Roman’s Law Passed by Senate
June 25, 2024

Roman’s Law Passed by Senate

Legislation to allow delayed school enrollment in Pennsylvania for young children with autism was passed by the Senate today according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the sponsor of the bill.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Resolution to Lift Restrictions on Qualified CDL Drivers Ages 18-20
June 24, 2024

Senate Approves Resolution to Lift Restrictions on Qualified CDL Drivers Ages 18-20

A resolution urging the U.S. Congress to lift restrictions for holders of Commercial Driver’ Licenses (CDLs) who are 18-20 years old received Senate approval today.  The measure, introduced by Sen. Rothman (R-34) seeks to allow these drivers to transport goods across state lines.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Phillips-Hill’s Bill to Expand Service Dog Fee Exemptions
June 24, 2024

Senate Committee Advances Phillips-Hill’s Bill to Expand Service Dog Fee Exemptions

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) aimed at extending license fee exemptions to service dogs integral to fire departments, sheriff’s offices, and rescue services.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Landmark Advanced Manufacturing Initiative Signed into Law
June 21, 2024

Robinson’s Landmark Advanced Manufacturing Initiative Signed into Law

The governor signed Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) legislation into law last week to enhance Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Coleman Bill to Notify Parents when Weapons are Found at Schools
June 20, 2024

Senate Committee Advances Coleman Bill to Notify Parents when Weapons are Found at Schools

Parents deserve to know when a weapon is discovered at the school or school-sponsored event their child attends. That’s the sentiment behind a bill introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that was approved last week by the Senate Education Committee.  [Read More]

New Law Sponsored by Phillips-Hill Streamlines Travel Insurance Process for Consumers
June 18, 2024

New Law Sponsored by Phillips-Hill Streamlines Travel Insurance Process for Consumers

A new law aimed at streamlining and improving travel insurance in the commonwealth will boost consumer confidence, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), who sponsored the measure.  [Read More]

Senate Transportation Chair Langerholc Responds to Commonwealth Court Opinion
June 14, 2024

Senate Transportation Chair Langerholc Responds to Commonwealth Court Opinion

Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) today issued the following statement in response to the Commonwealth Court upholding the constitutionality of Act 40 of 2023:  [Read More]

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Issues Statement on Commonwealth Court Ruling on SEPTA Special Prosecutor
June 14, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Issues Statement on Commonwealth Court Ruling on SEPTA Special Prosecutor

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement in response to the Commonwealth Court ruling upholding Act 40 of 2023.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Military, Veterans and HazMat Measures
June 13, 2024

Senate Committee Advances Military, Veterans and HazMat Measures

On Tuesday, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved three measures important to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Pennsylvania veterans, and another in support of local HazMat providers, said Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the committee.  [Read More]

Laughlin to Introduce Bill to Help Keep Seniors Safe at Home
June 13, 2024

Laughlin to Introduce Bill to Help Keep Seniors Safe at Home

State Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) today announced he will soon introduce legislation focused on enhancing the safety and well-being of seniors in their homes. This essential legislation aims to improve the quality of life for our senior citizens by promoting the Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) Program.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Measure to Ensure Incarcerated Military Veterans Receive Treatment for Trauma
June 13, 2024

Senate Approves Coleman Measure to Ensure Incarcerated Military Veterans Receive Treatment for Trauma

With some incarcerated veterans suffering from service-related, trauma-based conditions, the state Senate Wednesday approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) calling for a state commission to study if they’re receiving adequate treatment.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Senator Mastriano’s Fire and EMS Grant Renewal Bill
June 12, 2024

Senate Passes Senator Mastriano’s Fire and EMS Grant Renewal Bill

Today, the Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would reauthorize the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program for Pennsylvania’s 1,829 fire companies and 1,259 emergency medical service (EMS) agencies.  [Read More]

Stefano Bills on Nursing Accreditation, Utility Stakeholder Groups, Pass Senate Committee
June 12, 2024

Stefano Bills on Nursing Accreditation, Utility Stakeholder Groups, Pass Senate Committee

In a meeting today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted in favor of two bills sponsored by committee chairman, Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Ward, Collett Bill to Strengthen Child Sexual Abuse Laws
June 12, 2024

Senate Approves Ward, Collett Bill to Strengthen Child Sexual Abuse Laws

The state Senate today approved two bills introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Sen. Maria Collett (D-12) that would strengthen Pennsylvania laws related to child pornography and child sexual abuse.  [Read More]

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June 12, 2024

Senate Approves Laughlin Legislation to Help Property Owners Deal With Squatters

The Senate today unanimously approved legislation, Senate Bill 1236, that would codify Pennsylvania case law to establish more certainty for homeowners, landlords and law enforcement who encounter squatters, announced bill sponsor Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Culver Bill to Reauthorize, Reform State Board Helpful with Weather Warnings and Emergency Response
June 12, 2024

Senate Approves Culver Bill to Reauthorize, Reform State Board Helpful with Weather Warnings and Emergency Response

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) to extend the life and reform the structure of a state board responsible for policy analysis and data oversight related to weather maps, real estate listings, traffic and accident data, emergency responses and other geospatial information.  [Read More]

Bartolotta Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs Passes Senate
June 12, 2024

Bartolotta Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs Passes Senate

The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to make Pennsylvanians more attractive to employers and improve workforce development programs.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Votes to Repair Schools, Protect Parental Rights
June 12, 2024

Senate Education Committee Votes to Repair Schools, Protect Parental Rights

Legislation to gather information about the conditions of schools to determine how much funding is needed for repairs was approved by the Senate Education Committee today.  [Read More]

Aument, Williams Bill to Improve Early Literacy Passes Senate
June 11, 2024

Aument, Williams Bill to Improve Early Literacy Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Ryan Aument (R-36) and Anthony Williams (D-8) to give students the best chance of success through a strong, evidence-based reading program received Senate support today by a vote of 48-1.  [Read More]

PA Senate Approves “Grow PA” Bills to Support Affordable Pathways to Higher Ed, Career Prep
June 11, 2024

PA Senate Approves “Grow PA” Bills to Support Affordable Pathways to Higher Ed, Career Prep

Tens of thousands of students would have more opportunities to pursue affordable post-secondary education and career preparation programs under a package of bills approved with bipartisan support by the Pennsylvania Senate this week.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Access to Benefits for Disabled Veterans
June 11, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Access to Benefits for Disabled Veterans

The state Senate today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would exempt 100% of disabled veterans’ benefit payments from income calculations for any commonwealth programs or benefits.  [Read More]

Bill to Establish Ireland Trade Commission in Pennsylvania Approved by Senate Committee
June 11, 2024

Bill to Establish Ireland Trade Commission in Pennsylvania Approved by Senate Committee

Legislation to establish an Ireland Trade Commission in Pennsylvania has successfully passed the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee today, according to co-chairs of the American Irish State Legislators Caucus and sponsors of the bill, Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37), Marty Flynn (D-22) and Tim Kearney (D-26).  [Read More]

Robinson Bill Creating Paid Family Leave Program Passes Senate Committee
June 11, 2024

Robinson Bill Creating Paid Family Leave Program Passes Senate Committee

Legislation to establish a state-paid family leave program was approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today, according to the committee chair and sponsor of the bill, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Robinson Bill Providing Permits for Disabled Veterans’ Recreation Heads to Senate
June 11, 2024

Robinson Bill Providing Permits for Disabled Veterans’ Recreation Heads to Senate

Legislation supporting disabled veterans has been unanimously approved by the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Robinson Companion Bills to Enhance Cancer Treatment Access, Stabilize Insurance Market
June 11, 2024

Senate Committee Approves Robinson Companion Bills to Enhance Cancer Treatment Access, Stabilize Insurance Market

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved two bills today to enhance cancer treatment access and stabilize the insurance market, according to Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Pennycuick Measure to Attract Students, Future Residents and Workers to PA
June 10, 2024

Senate Approves Pennycuick Measure to Attract Students, Future Residents and Workers to PA

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to attract students and future workers to Pennsylvania was approved unanimously by the Senate today.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Robinson’s Bill to Expand Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program, Boosting Access to Higher Education in Pennsylvania
June 10, 2024

Senate Passes Robinson’s Bill to Expand Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program, Boosting Access to Higher Education in Pennsylvania

Legislation to expand the Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program was passed by the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Legislation to Combat AI-Generated Deepfake Images of Minors
June 10, 2024

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Legislation to Combat AI-Generated Deepfake Images of Minors

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Bill 1213, legislation sponsored by Senator Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Senator Jimmy Dillon (D-5), and Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18), to combat “deepfake” images of minors and child porn generated by artificial intelligence (AI). This crucial legislation passed unanimously.  [Read More]

Pennsylvania Senate Honors 2024 State Champion High School Wrestlers
June 10, 2024

Pennsylvania Senate Honors 2024 State Champion High School Wrestlers

More than a dozen high school state wrestling champions were recognized on the Pennsylvania Senate floor today as part of High School Wrestling Day at the State Capitol, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster).  [Read More]

Baker Introduces Legislation to Equip Deputy Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers with Body Cameras
June 6, 2024

Baker Introduces Legislation to Equip Deputy Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers with Body Cameras

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) recently introduced legislation to authorize deputy law enforcement officers with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Game Commission to wear body cameras.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Bill to Boost Advanced Manufacturing Jobs Nears Enactment
June 6, 2024

Robinson’s Bill to Boost Advanced Manufacturing Jobs Nears Enactment

The House of Representatives approved Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) legislation this week to enhance Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry.  [Read More]

Yaw, Martin Resolution Designates June 2-8, 2024, as “Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania
June 5, 2024

Yaw, Martin Resolution Designates June 2-8, 2024, as “Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania

The week of June 2nd through June 8th, 2024, will be designated as “Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania under Senate Resolution 305, sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), vice chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) and chairman of the CBC Pennsylvania Delegation, and Sen. Scott Martin (R-13), member of the CBC Pennsylvania delegation and former CBC chair.  [Read More]

Pennsylvania Enacts Sen. Brown’s Historic Hands-Free Driving Law to Combat Distracted Driving, Save Lives
June 5, 2024

Pennsylvania Enacts Sen. Brown’s Historic Hands-Free Driving Law to Combat Distracted Driving, Save Lives

Legislation limiting the use of handheld cellular and other devices while driving has officially been signed into law today by Gov. Josh Shapiro. Senate Bill 37, championed by Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) for more than a decade, marks a historic step in enhancing road safety across Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Bill to Reduce Community Bank Tax Rate Heads to Senate
June 5, 2024

Robinson’s Bill to Reduce Community Bank Tax Rate Heads to Senate

The Senate Finance Committee approved Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) legislation today to reduce the Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax (MTIT) for mutual banks.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Bill to Modernize Uniform Commercial Code, Address Digital Asset Transactions
June 5, 2024

Senate Approves Bill to Modernize Uniform Commercial Code, Address Digital Asset Transactions

The Pennsylvania State Senate passed legislation today that would modernize the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), updating rules that govern digital asset transactions to ensure security, consistency and confidence, said Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34), who sponsored the measure.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill Allowing Year-round Motorcycle Inspections
June 5, 2024

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill Allowing Year-round Motorcycle Inspections

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to allow safety inspections to be performed on motorcycles registered in Pennsylvania year-round received support from the Senate Transportation Committee today.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Measure Expanding Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Approved by Senate
June 5, 2024

Pennycuick Measure Expanding Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Approved by Senate

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) allowing more disabled veterans to receive property tax relief was approved by the Senate today.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Stefano, Rothman Bill to Protect Homebuyers and Increase Transparency
June 5, 2024

Senate Approves Stefano, Rothman Bill to Protect Homebuyers and Increase Transparency

To protect homebuyers, the Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sens. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Greg Rothman (R-34) that would require anyone who conducts residential wholesaling in Pennsylvania to obtain a real estate salesperson or broker license under the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano, Vogel and Brooks Bill to let East Palestine Train Derailment Victims Keep More Money
June 4, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano, Vogel and Brooks Bill to let East Palestine Train Derailment Victims Keep More Money

The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sens. Doug Mastriano (R-33), Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), and Michele Brooks (R-50) that would enable Pennsylvania victims of the Norfolk Southern train wreck near East Palestine, Ohio, last year to keep more of their own money.  [Read More]

With State Budget Deadline Approaching,  Coleman Appointed to Senate Appropriations Committee
June 4, 2024

With State Budget Deadline Approaching, Coleman Appointed to Senate Appropriations Committee

With the constitutionally mandated June 30 state budget deadline approaching, Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) today was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which plays a key role in crafting the annual spending plan.  [Read More]

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approved Bills Focused on Protecting Pennsylvanians
June 4, 2024

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approved Bills Focused on Protecting Pennsylvanians

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced six bills today focused on protecting Pennsylvanians, according to the committee’s chair, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Yaw, Friends of Taiwan Caucus Welcome Ambassador Lee to Harrisburg
June 4, 2024

Yaw, Friends of Taiwan Caucus Welcome Ambassador Lee to Harrisburg

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), chair of the Senate Friends of Taiwan Caucus, joined members of the bicameral caucus to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and the adoption of House Resolution 439 with Ambassador James K.J. Lee of the Republic of China (R.O.C.) in the state Capitol today.  [Read More]

Senator Brown Champions Legislation to Enhance Alzheimer’s Care, Legislation Approved by Committee
June 4, 2024

Senator Brown Champions Legislation to Enhance Alzheimer’s Care, Legislation Approved by Committee

Legislation to advance Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) support was approved today by the Senate’s Aging and Youth Committee, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Rosemary M. Brown (R-40), who has championed this bill for nearly two years.  [Read More]

Public Hearing Reviews Innovative, Hands-On Learning Program
June 4, 2024

Public Hearing Reviews Innovative, Hands-On Learning Program

A joint public hearing of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed the Total Experience Learning Program today, which leads students in experience-based learning activities and trains teachers in new methods to improve student outcomes.  [Read More]

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June 4, 2024

Laughlin Legislation to Help Property Owners Deal With Squatters Advances

The Senate Judiciary Committee today reported to the full Senate legislation, Senate Bill 1236, aimed at codifying Pennsylvania case law to establish more certainty for landlords, law enforcement and homeowners who encounter squatters, announced bill sponsor Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill’s Legislation Subjecting School Boards Association to Right-to-Know Law Approved by Senate Committee
June 4, 2024

Phillips-Hill’s Legislation Subjecting School Boards Association to Right-to-Know Law Approved by Senate Committee

In a move to bring greater transparency and accountability in public education, the Senate State Government Committee approved legislation that would subject the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) to the state’s Right-to-Know Law, according to the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

Vogel, Schwank: Bill to Assist PA Dairy Farmers Approved by Committee
June 4, 2024

Vogel, Schwank: Bill to Assist PA Dairy Farmers Approved by Committee

Today, the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously passed Sens. Elder Vogel Jr.’s (R-47) and Judy Schwank’s (D-11) Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program Financial Assistance legislation.  [Read More]

Legislation to Support Long-Term Care Workers Approved by Senate
June 3, 2024

Legislation to Support Long-Term Care Workers Approved by Senate

Legislation authored by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) to update training procedures and remove employment barriers so more people can join the long-term care workforce was approved with bipartisan support by the Senate today.  [Read More]

Laughlin Bill Would Expand Access to Solar Power
May 30, 2024

Laughlin Bill Would Expand Access to Solar Power

Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) has reintroduced legislation that would expand access to solar power through a local voluntary program while ensuring adequate ratepayer protection.  [Read More]

Rothman Appointed to Commission to Honor Pennsylvania’s Role in America’s Founding
May 24, 2024

Rothman Appointed to Commission to Honor Pennsylvania’s Role in America’s Founding

Senator Greg Rothman (R-34) has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial and the Infrastructure Improvements and Projects Committee of the America250PA Commission.  [Read More]

Legislation Targeting AI “Deepfake” Images of Minors Proposed by Pennycuick, Dillon, Boscola
May 23, 2024

Legislation Targeting AI “Deepfake” Images of Minors Proposed by Pennycuick, Dillon, Boscola

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Sen. Jimmy Dillon (D-5) and Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) introduced legislation to combat “deepfake” images of minors and child porn generated by artificial intelligence (AI).  [Read More]

Brooks Resolution Draws Attention to Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses
May 23, 2024

Brooks Resolution Draws Attention to Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses

May 2024 is Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness Month in Pennsylvania, thanks to a resolution introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) as part of her ongoing effort to improve the health and quality of life of commonwealth residents.  [Read More]

Bipartisan Measure Prohibiting AI Interference in Elections Introduced by Pennycuick, Gebhard, Dillon, Kane
May 21, 2024

Bipartisan Measure Prohibiting AI Interference in Elections Introduced by Pennycuick, Gebhard, Dillon, Kane

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Sen. Jimmy Dillon (D-5), Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) and Sen. John Kane (D-9) today introduced legislation prohibiting the use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to fraudulently misrepresent an election candidate in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Shapiro Energy Plan is Death Sentence for Mine Land Remediation
May 14, 2024

Shapiro Energy Plan is Death Sentence for Mine Land Remediation

A new energy plan spearheaded by Gov. Josh Shapiro would cripple mine land remediation efforts by closing local electric power plants, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122), Rep. Jamie Barton (R-124), Rep. Mike Cabell (R-117), Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123), Rep. JoAnne Stehr (R-107), and Rep. Dane Watro (R-116).  [Read More]

Culver Bill to Protect Domestic Animals and Pennsylvania Food Supply Against Disease Signed into Law
May 10, 2024

Culver Bill to Protect Domestic Animals and Pennsylvania Food Supply Against Disease Signed into Law

A bill introduced by Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) was signed into law today to help protect domestic animals and the food supply against dangerous transmissible diseases.  [Read More]

Brown’s Legislation to Curb Distracted Driving in Pennsylvania Headed to the Governor
May 9, 2024

Brown’s Legislation to Curb Distracted Driving in Pennsylvania Headed to the Governor

The Pennsylvania State Legislature approved legislation to prohibit the use of handheld cellular and other devices while driving, an initiative long championed by Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Langerholc Bill to Boost PA Youth Hunting and Fishing
May 8, 2024

Senate Approves Langerholc Bill to Boost PA Youth Hunting and Fishing

The Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to create a new license plate for Pennsylvania sportsmen with proceeds used to fund youth hunting and fishing education.   [Read More]

Vogel’s Telemedicine Legislation Advances from the Senate
May 8, 2024

Vogel’s Telemedicine Legislation Advances from the Senate

With support from the Pennsylvania Senate, Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) Telemedicine legislation (Senate Bill 739) aimed at strengthening telemedicine in the commonwealth now advances to the House for consideration.  [Read More]

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May 7, 2024

Senate Republicans Secure Passage of Historic Tax Cuts for Working Families

Working families, job creators and energy consumers in Pennsylvania would see their taxes reduced by approximately $3 billion a year under a bill approved by the Senate today, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Langerholc Bill Creating Statewide Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking System
May 7, 2024

Senate Approves Langerholc Bill Creating Statewide Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking System

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to assist survivors of sexual assault was approved by the Senate today.  [Read More]

Scholarship Bill Wins Bipartisan Support in Senate Education Committee
May 7, 2024

Scholarship Bill Wins Bipartisan Support in Senate Education Committee

The Senate Education Committee advanced bipartisan legislation today to provide more educational options to children in low-performing public schools, according to committee chair Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Help Veterans’ Families Access Burial Benefits
May 6, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Help Veterans’ Families Access Burial Benefits

The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) to help the grieving families of deceased U.S. military veterans access their federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) burial benefits.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Pennycuick Providing Military Benefits to Korean Americans Who Served in Vietnam
May 6, 2024

Senate Approves Pennycuick Providing Military Benefits to Korean Americans Who Served in Vietnam

Korean Americans who served in the Vietnam War with the Korean Armed Forces would receive the same state veterans benefits as their U.S. counterparts under legislation unanimously approved today by the Senate, said sponsor Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24).  [Read More]

Mastriano Introduces Bill to Defund PA-Taxpayer-Funded Colleges and Universities that Support Antisemitism
May 2, 2024

Mastriano Introduces Bill to Defund PA-Taxpayer-Funded Colleges and Universities that Support Antisemitism

With pro-Hamas and anti-Israel encampments being set up at higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and across the United States, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today introduced legislation to suspend state funding for state-owned or -related colleges and universities in the commonwealth if they support antisemitism.  [Read More]

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Vogel, Kinkead Highlight Impacts of Capitol Hunger Garden as It Begins Its 14th Season

Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) and Rep. Emily Kinkead (D-20) | Capitol Hunger Garden   [Read More]

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May 1, 2024

Senate OKs Yaw Bill to Create Independent Energy Office in Pennsylvania

The state Senate today approved Senate Bill 832, sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) to establish an Independent Energy Office (IEO) within the commonwealth.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Stefano Bill Enabling Reduced Ratepayer Costs
May 1, 2024

Senate Committee Passes Stefano Bill Enabling Reduced Ratepayer Costs

To reduce ratepayers’ costs and offer public utilities flexibility, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32).  [Read More]

Aument Set to Introduce Bill Limiting Access to Phones and Social Media in Schools
May 1, 2024

Aument Set to Introduce Bill Limiting Access to Phones and Social Media in Schools

In response to the declining mental health and academic performance of Pennsylvania youth, Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) will soon introduce legislation to limit students’ use of cellphones in schools through secure, lockable phone bags in which students would deposit their mobile devices until the end of the school day.  [Read More]

Farry’s Bill Putting the Brakes on Street Racing Passes Senate
April 30, 2024

Farry’s Bill Putting the Brakes on Street Racing Passes Senate

Legislation that would increase penalties on illegal street racing was approved today by the Senate, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Frank Farry (R-6).  [Read More]

Legislation to Support Long-Term Care Workforce Advances
April 30, 2024

Legislation to Support Long-Term Care Workforce Advances

Two bills sponsored by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) to update training procedures and remove employment barriers so more people can join the long-term care workforce were approved by the Senate Education Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Approves “Grow PA” Package of Bills to Boost College Affordability, Open Quality Career Pathways
April 30, 2024

Senate Education Committee Approves “Grow PA” Package of Bills to Boost College Affordability, Open Quality Career Pathways

The Senate Education Committee approved an innovative package of bills today designed to help more young people in Pennsylvania pursue post-secondary education and career training.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Phillips-Hill’s Legislation to Reduce Outdated Regulations on Landline Telephone Companies
April 30, 2024

Senate Committee Advances Phillips-Hill’s Legislation to Reduce Outdated Regulations on Landline Telephone Companies

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee approved legislation authored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would modernize the state’s Public Utility Code to reflect the changing landscape of landline telephone companies in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Affordable College Pathways Examined by Senate Education Committee
April 29, 2024

Affordable College Pathways Examined by Senate Education Committee

The serious need to provide more affordable pathways for students to pursue in-demand careers in Pennsylvania was spotlighted by a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

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April 29, 2024

Culver Introduces Resolution Recognizing “World Wish Day in Pennsylvania”

Today, a resolution sponsored by Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (27-R) was introduced designating April 29th, 2024, as “World Wish Day in Pennsylvania.” World Wish Day is celebrated annually on April 29th and sponsored by the Make-A-Wish®.  [Read More]

PA Senate Leaders Issue Statement on Biden Administration’s Disastrous New Power Plant Emission Rules
April 26, 2024

PA Senate Leaders Issue Statement on Biden Administration’s Disastrous New Power Plant Emission Rules

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) issued the following statement today in reaction to new power plant emission rules imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that will harm energy consumers and reduce grid reliability:  [Read More]

Following $600 Million Settlement, Mastriano, Vogel and Brooks Introduce Bill to let East Palestine Train Derailment Victims Keep More Money
April 24, 2024

Following $600 Million Settlement, Mastriano, Vogel and Brooks Introduce Bill to let East Palestine Train Derailment Victims Keep More Money

In the wake of the recent $600 million settlement reached by Norfolk Southern in its class-action lawsuit related to its train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, last year, state Sens. Doug Mastriano (R-33), Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), and Michele Brooks (R-50) today introduced legislation to provide a state tax deduction for Pennsylvanians who receive payments.  [Read More]

Laughlin To Introduce Legislation To Help Property Owners Deal with Squatters
April 18, 2024

Laughlin To Introduce Legislation To Help Property Owners Deal with Squatters

State Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) today announced his plans to soon introduce legislation aimed at codifying Pennsylvania case law to establish more certainty for landlords, law enforcement and homeowners who encounter squatters.  [Read More]

Laughlin Introduces PA Uniform Firearms Act Update for Medical Marijuana
April 17, 2024

Laughlin Introduces PA Uniform Firearms Act Update for Medical Marijuana

As the nation prepares to commemorate the significance of the Second Amendment on April 17th with 2A Day, Pennsylvania state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) has taken a bold step toward ensuring the rights of all citizens by introducing legislation, Senate Bill 1146, aimed at amending Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act to align with the state’s legalization of medical marijuana.  [Read More]

House Approves Culver Bill to Protect Domestic Animals  as Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Quarantines Cattle to Prevent Avian Flu Spread
April 16, 2024

House Approves Culver Bill to Protect Domestic Animals as Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Quarantines Cattle to Prevent Avian Flu Spread

Today, the state House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) to help protect domestic animals and the food supply against dangerous transmissible diseases. This passage happens as a rise in reported avian flu outbreaks in dairy cattle has been seen in several states across the nation.  [Read More]

Stefano Bill to Adjust Outdated Diesel Oil Requirement Now Law
April 16, 2024

Stefano Bill to Adjust Outdated Diesel Oil Requirement Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32) to adjust the outdated requirement for a qualified mechanic to perform an oil change every 100 hours on all diesel-powered equipment used by mining companies was signed into law yesterday.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill to Protect Kids, Conserve Emergency Response Resources
April 10, 2024

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill to Protect Kids, Conserve Emergency Response Resources

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) to introduce felony criminal penalties for falsely reporting threats at school entities and institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania passed the Senate today.  [Read More]

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April 10, 2024

Republican Lawmakers Introduce “Grow PA” Higher Education Reform Plan to Support More Affordable Learning Opportunities, Pathways to PA Careers

Students in Pennsylvania would have access to more affordable post-secondary education options leading to quality careers in the state under a plan announced today by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), Senate Majority Whip Ryan P. Aument (R-Lancaster), Senate Education Committee Chair David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Senator Tracy Pennycuick (R-Montgomery).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Help Veterans’ Families Access Burial Benefits
April 10, 2024

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Help Veterans’ Families Access Burial Benefits

The state Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Tuesday at a meeting chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) approved three measures, including one bill to alert the family members of deceased veterans about federal burial benefits.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Measure Requiring Prosecutors to Notify ICE of Illegal Migrants Violating State Law
April 10, 2024

Senate Approves Measure Requiring Prosecutors to Notify ICE of Illegal Migrants Violating State Law

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation, Senate Bill 1127, that would require prosecutors across the state to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) whenever illegal migrants are charged with violating state law, according to bill sponsors Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35).  [Read More]

Robinson’s Bill to Propel Pennsylvania’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector Passed by Senate
April 10, 2024

Robinson’s Bill to Propel Pennsylvania’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector Passed by Senate

Legislation that would boost economic development, attract high-technology industries and incentivize private investment was approved by the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsor Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37), chair of the Senate’s Labor and Industry Committee.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs
April 10, 2024

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to make Pennsylvanians more attractive to employers and improve workforce development programs passed the Senate Labor and Industry Committee unanimously today.  [Read More]

Yaw Bill to Increase Penalties Against Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Approved by Senate
April 10, 2024

Yaw Bill to Increase Penalties Against Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Approved by Senate

Legislation to increase fines and penalties against those who intentionally vandalize or attack critical infrastructure was approved yesterday by the state Senate, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measure.  [Read More]

Robinson: Senate Passes Bail Bill to Protect Communities from Fentanyl and Dangerous Offenders
April 9, 2024

Robinson: Senate Passes Bail Bill to Protect Communities from Fentanyl and Dangerous Offenders

The Senate passed legislation today with bipartisan support to strengthen the bail determination process for dangerous individuals, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Langerholc and Flynn Alert E-ZPass Users of Phishing Scam
April 9, 2024

Langerholc and Flynn Alert E-ZPass Users of Phishing Scam

The chairs of the Senate Transportation Committee, Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) and Sen. Marty Flynn (D-22), warn of a new phishing scam that is targeting E-ZPass account holders requesting personal financial information to settle outstanding toll amounts.  [Read More]

Senate OKs Framework for Carbon Capture Sequestration
April 9, 2024

Senate OKs Framework for Carbon Capture Sequestration

The state Senate today approved Senate Bill 831 to establish the legal and regulatory framework for potential carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) in Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measure.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Increase Number of Firefighters in PA
April 9, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Increase Number of Firefighters in PA

The state Senate Monday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) aimed at increasing the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania by reforming the certification process.  [Read More]

Brown’s Landmark Distracted Driving Legislation Passed by House
April 9, 2024

Brown’s Landmark Distracted Driving Legislation Passed by House

Legislation prohibiting the use of cellular and other hand-held devices while driving passed today in the House of Representatives, according to the bill’s prime-sponsor, Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40).  [Read More]

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April 9, 2024

Early Childhood Education Caucus Highlights Need for More Pre-K Teachers, Child Care Workers

Today, the bicameral, bipartisan Early Childhood Education Caucus hosted a rally with child care and pre-K students, teachers and parents as well as other advocates to underscore the worsening impacts of the commonwealth’s early learning teacher shortage.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Bill Combatting Illegal Street Racing Heads to Senate
April 9, 2024

Robinson’s Bill Combatting Illegal Street Racing Heads to Senate

Legislation that would increase penalties on illegal street racing was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Pennycuick: Committee Approves Measure Recognizing Korean Americans Who Served in Vietnam
April 9, 2024

Pennycuick: Committee Approves Measure Recognizing Korean Americans Who Served in Vietnam

Korean Americans who served in the Vietnam War with the Korean Armed Forces would receive the same state veterans benefits as their U.S. counterparts under legislation approved today by a Senate committee, said sponsor Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24).  [Read More]

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation for Safer Communities in Pennsylvania
April 8, 2024

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation for Safer Communities in Pennsylvania

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced two bills today focused on safer communities, according to the committee’s chair, Sen Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Mastriano Introduces Bill to Divest PA from Chinese Communist Party; Treasurer Garrity Announces Support for Divestment Plan
April 8, 2024

Mastriano Introduces Bill to Divest PA from Chinese Communist Party; Treasurer Garrity Announces Support for Divestment Plan

In an effort to combat the influx of fentanyl into Pennsylvania communities and take a stand against moral transgressions, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today introduced a bill to divest all commonwealth holdings in companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  [Read More]

Brown Introduces Bill Package to Strengthen EMS Funding in Municipalities
April 5, 2024

Brown Introduces Bill Package to Strengthen EMS Funding in Municipalities

Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) announced a three-bill package today that would amend Pennsylvania’s municipal codes to help with emergency medical services (EMS) staffing costs.  [Read More]

Impacts of Sleep Loss Focus of Senate Public Hearing on Delaying School Start Times
April 5, 2024

Impacts of Sleep Loss Focus of Senate Public Hearing on Delaying School Start Times

Testifiers discussed the impacts of sleep loss on teenagers and the complexity of scheduling a school day during a public hearing about pushing back the required start time for schools across Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the chair of the Senate Education Committee.  [Read More]

Ward Holds Aging and Youth Committee Hearing on Challenges Facing Children and Youth Services Agencies
April 3, 2024

Ward Holds Aging and Youth Committee Hearing on Challenges Facing Children and Youth Services Agencies

Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and the Senate Aging and Youth Committee held a hearing to receive testimony regarding the challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania’s network of children and youth services agencies.  [Read More]

Resolution Introduced to Lift Restrictions on Qualified CDL Drivers Ages 18-20
April 3, 2024

Resolution Introduced to Lift Restrictions on Qualified CDL Drivers Ages 18-20

Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) introduced a resolution (SR 258) today, urging the U.S. Congress to lift restrictions for holders of Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs) who are 18-20 years old, allowing them to transport goods across state lines.  [Read More]

Laughlin, Dush to Introduce Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children
April 3, 2024

Laughlin, Dush to Introduce Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children

Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Cris Dush (R-25) today announced they will soon be introducing legislation to update existing “safe harbor laws” to address the gaps in current statute regarding the protection and support of minors who have been victims of sexual exploitation.  [Read More]

Robinson Joins Fellow Senators to Honor Military Children
April 1, 2024

Robinson Joins Fellow Senators to Honor Military Children

Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37), Greg Rothman (R-34) and Doug Mastriano (R-33) introduced Senate Resolution 248 recognizing April as Month of the Military Childin Pennsylvania to support the nearly 37,000 children who have parents currently serving in the United States military.  [Read More]

Pittman Calls Court Ruling a Win for Safeguarding Elections
March 28, 2024

Pittman Calls Court Ruling a Win for Safeguarding Elections

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) today applauded the Third Circuit Court ruling upholding Pennsylvania State law that voters must date a mail-in ballot in order for it to be accepted:  [Read More]

Laughlin, Langerholc Announce Measure Requiring Prosecutors to Notify ICE of Illegal Migrants Violating State Law
March 27, 2024

Laughlin, Langerholc Announce Measure Requiring Prosecutors to Notify ICE of Illegal Migrants Violating State Law

Prosecutors across Pennsylvania would be required to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) whenever illegal migrants are charged with violating state law, under legislation, Senate Bill 1127, being introduced by Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35).  [Read More]

Brown: Put the Cellphone Down
March 26, 2024

Brown: Put the Cellphone Down

Legislation prohibiting the use of cellular and other hand-held devices while driving passed today in the House of Representative’s Transportation Committee, according to the bill’s prime-sponsor, Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40).  [Read More]

Laughlin Introduces Bill to Protect Animals in Domestic Violence Situations
March 22, 2024

Laughlin Introduces Bill to Protect Animals in Domestic Violence Situations

Often forgotten in domestic violence situations are the victims’ animals, but new legislation introduced by Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) seeks to provide protections to those animals.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill Enhancing Overdose Tracking and Lifesaving Response
March 20, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill Enhancing Overdose Tracking and Lifesaving Response

The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would ensure known or suspected drug overdoses treated by emergency medical services (EMS) providers are recorded in a statewide tracking system known as the Overdose Information Network (ODIN).  [Read More]

Senate Passes Baker’s Bill Extending Megan’s Law Requirements to Human Traffickers for Enhanced Community Safety
March 20, 2024

Senate Passes Baker’s Bill Extending Megan’s Law Requirements to Human Traffickers for Enhanced Community Safety

The Senate passed legislation that would extend Megan’s Law requirements to human traffickers, according to Sen Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Robinson Bill in Fight Against Fentanyl
March 20, 2024

Senate Committee Approves Robinson Bill in Fight Against Fentanyl

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37), joined by Sens. Wayne Langerholc (R-35) and Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Public Safety Bills Targeting Opioid Overdoses, Human Trafficking
March 20, 2024

Senate Passes Public Safety Bills Targeting Opioid Overdoses, Human Trafficking

The Pennsylvania Senate approved two measures today boosting community safety by targeting opioid overdoses and human trafficking.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill’s Bill Supporting Flexible Work Arrangements Approved by Senate Finance Committee
March 20, 2024

Phillips-Hill’s Bill Supporting Flexible Work Arrangements Approved by Senate Finance Committee

A measure aimed at providing greater flexibility for Pennsylvanians who work for an employer in another state has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee, according to the bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York). This reform is a significant step forward in addressing the complexities faced by Pennsylvania residents amidst the evolving landscape of remote work.  [Read More]

Legislation to Address Crop Damage, Expand Hunting Opportunities Receives Committee Approval
March 20, 2024

Legislation to Address Crop Damage, Expand Hunting Opportunities Receives Committee Approval

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee approved legislation aimed at addressing agricultural crop damage while also opening up more hunting opportunities.   [Read More]

Laughlin’s Sunday Hunting Legislation Reported from Committee
March 20, 2024

Laughlin’s Sunday Hunting Legislation Reported from Committee

The state Senate Game and Fisheries Committee has reported Senate Bill 67 to the full Senate.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Measure to Send PA National Guard to Defend Texas Border
March 19, 2024

Senate Approves Mastriano Measure to Send PA National Guard to Defend Texas Border

The state Senate today approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33)  calling on the governor to deploy the Pennsylvania National Guard along Texas’s southern border with Mexico as part of Operation Lone Star.  [Read More]

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Calls on Gov. Shapiro to Support Efforts to Secure Our Nation’s Border
March 19, 2024

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Calls on Gov. Shapiro to Support Efforts to Secure Our Nation’s Border

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement calling on Gov. Josh Shapiro to support efforts to secure our nation’s border with Operation Lone Star:  [Read More]

Senate Passes Langerholc Bill Waiving Fee for Veterans License Plate Replacement
March 19, 2024

Senate Passes Langerholc Bill Waiving Fee for Veterans License Plate Replacement

Veterans who proudly display their service through military license plates would receive free replacements when the plates wear out, under legislation passed by the Senate today, said sponsor Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35).  [Read More]

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Yaw Bill to Increase Penalties Against Attacks on Critical Infrastructure
March 19, 2024

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Yaw Bill to Increase Penalties Against Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

Legislation to protect Pennsylvania’s power grid by increasing fines and penalties against those who intentionally vandalize or attack its critical infrastructure was reported today from the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measure.  [Read More]

Judiciary Committee Advances Bills to Protect Essential Infrastructure and Minors in Casinos
March 19, 2024

Judiciary Committee Advances Bills to Protect Essential Infrastructure and Minors in Casinos

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced two bills today focused on protecting essential infrastructure and unaccompanied minors in casinos, according to the committee’s chair, Sen Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Approves Bills to Increase Academic Opportunities for Students
March 19, 2024

Senate Education Committee Approves Bills to Increase Academic Opportunities for Students

The Senate Education Committee voted today to approve a bill to allow participation in a sport to satisfy a physical education requirement and a bill to allow students to continue attending school while residency disputes are resolved, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the chair of the committee.  [Read More]

Dush Legislation Would Make Gym Class Optional for PA Student Athletes
March 19, 2024

Dush Legislation Would Make Gym Class Optional for PA Student Athletes

Sponsored by Sen. Cris Dush (R-25), legislation to allow Pennsylvania student athletes to fulfill physical education (PE) requirements through participation in interscholastic sports (Senate Bill 454), was advanced by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Measure  to Send PA National Guard to Defend Texas Border
March 18, 2024

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Measure to Send PA National Guard to Defend Texas Border

HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and a majority of his colleagues on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today approved a measure he introduced calling on the governor to deploy the Pennsylvania National Guard along Texas’s southern border with Mexico as part of Operation Lone Star. “Pennsylvanians have an interest in protecting our nation’s southern […]  [Read More]

Baker’s Athletic Training Bills Passed by Senate
March 18, 2024

Baker’s Athletic Training Bills Passed by Senate

Two bills modernizing the capabilities of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania were passed by the Senate today, according to the sponsor, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Brown Introduces Legislation to Improve Maternal Health Access in Pennsylvania
March 18, 2024

Brown Introduces Legislation to Improve Maternal Health Access in Pennsylvania

Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) introduced legislation today to update and modernize midwife requirements.  [Read More]

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bills Prioritizing Community Safety
March 18, 2024

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bills Prioritizing Community Safety

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced two bills aimed at prioritizing community safety, according to committee chair Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Martin Responds to Shapiro’s New Carbon Tax Proposal
March 13, 2024

Martin Responds to Shapiro’s New Carbon Tax Proposal

Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) issued the following statement today responding to Governor Josh Shapiro’s announcement that he would pursue a Pennsylvania carbon tax similar to the one ruled unconstitutional by the Commonwealth Court recently:  [Read More]

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Statement: Shapiro’s Carbon Tax Proposal Stifles Pennsylvania’s Energy Potential
March 13, 2024

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Statement: Shapiro’s Carbon Tax Proposal Stifles Pennsylvania’s Energy Potential

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposal to implement a carbon tax, which would stifle Pennsylvania’s energy potential:  [Read More]

Family Sustaining Jobs & Customer Affordability Key to PA Electricity Policy
March 13, 2024

Family Sustaining Jobs & Customer Affordability Key to PA Electricity Policy

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement regarding Energy Policy in Pennsylvania:  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of Health, Department of Revenue, Governor’s Budget Office
March 7, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of Health, Department of Revenue, Governor’s Budget Office

Serious concerns about Gov. Josh Shapiro’s unrealistic spending and revenue projections were highlighted during the Senate Appropriations Committee’s final day of hearings examining the proposed 2024-25 state budget.  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of State, Department of Transportation
March 6, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of State, Department of Transportation

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee questioned the Department of State and Department of Transportation about election integrity, voter outreach, mass transit and the future of the Motor License Fund during today’s budget hearings.  [Read More]

Pennycuick, Brown Announce Clearinghouse for Local Government Cybersecurity Resources
March 6, 2024

Pennycuick, Brown Announce Clearinghouse for Local Government Cybersecurity Resources

Pennsylvania’s thousands of local governments can access resources to combat the constant threat of cyberattacks with a new web clearinghouse unveiled by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) and Sen. Rosemary M. Brown (R-40).  [Read More]

Key Points from PA Senate Budget Hearing with Department of Human Services
March 5, 2024

Key Points from PA Senate Budget Hearing with Department of Human Services

Lawmakers raised numerous concerns today about the Shapiro administration’s plans to spend billions of new taxpayer dollars to expand Medicaid to cover services that do not pertain to physical or behavioral health during a hearing with the Department of Human Services (DHS).  [Read More]

Pennycuick: Women Veterans Sought for June 10 PA Capitol Ceremony Celebrating Their Service
March 4, 2024

Pennycuick: Women Veterans Sought for June 10 PA Capitol Ceremony Celebrating Their Service

U.S. Army combat veteran Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) is inviting Pennsylvania women who served in the armed forces to take part in a state Capitol ceremony celebrating their service.  [Read More]

Gebhard’s Law Ensuring Authorized Construction Workers Successful
March 4, 2024

Gebhard’s Law Ensuring Authorized Construction Workers Successful

According to the latest E-Verify audits, Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services (DGS) imposed monetary fines on four construction companies that violated the state’s E-Verify law, Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) announced.  [Read More]

Mastriano, Gebhard Propose Fee Targeting Illegal Immigrants
February 29, 2024

Mastriano, Gebhard Propose Fee Targeting Illegal Immigrants

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) today announced plans to introduce legislation aiming to deter illegal immigration and generate new revenue for property tax and rent relief.  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of Environmental Protection, Liquor Control Board
February 29, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of Environmental Protection, Liquor Control Board

Preventing blackouts, meeting Pennsylvania’s future energy demands and ensuring timely processing of permits were among the top issues discussed at today’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearings on the 2024-25 state budget featuring the Department of Environmental Protection and the Liquor Control Board.  [Read More]

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Responds  to Governor Shapiro’s Election Threats Task Force
February 29, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Responds to Governor Shapiro’s Election Threats Task Force

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement regarding Gov. Shapiro’s announcement of the establishment of his “Pennsylvania Election Threats Task Force”:  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearing with Department of Education
February 28, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearing with Department of Education

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Education struggled to answer questions about Gov. Josh Shapiro’s broad higher education concepts and wide discrepancies in K-12 education funding during a hearing with the Senate Appropriations Committee today.  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Agriculture
February 27, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Agriculture

Officials from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) detailed how they plan to spend their considerable reserves to support the state’s wildlife and aquatic resources during a hearing with the Senate Appropriations Committee today.  [Read More]

Law to Prevent Pennsylvania Taxpayers Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Takes Effect
February 26, 2024

Law to Prevent Pennsylvania Taxpayers Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Takes Effect

As the world reflects on the two years of carnage that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) and Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity announced today that a new law has taken effect that bans companies connected to the governments of Russia and Belarus from receiving state contracts, grants, or tax credits.  [Read More]

Bipartisan Committee to Audit Allentown Tax Zone, Study Job Prep Programs Based on Coleman Resolutions
February 26, 2024

Bipartisan Committee to Audit Allentown Tax Zone, Study Job Prep Programs Based on Coleman Resolutions

A bipartisan committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly today agreed to produce two reports based on measures introduced by State Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) – one that calls for an audit of the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and another analyzing the effectiveness of Pennsylvania workforce development programs.  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
February 22, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

During a public hearing today, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee raised questions about the need for tens of millions of dollars in additional spending for Unemployment Compensation (UC) services when the state is experiencing a period of historically low unemployment.  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with PA State System of Higher Education, Department of Community and Economic Development
February 21, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with PA State System of Higher Education, Department of Community and Economic Development

No new details were made available regarding Governor Shapiro’s plans to merge the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) with the community college system and reduce tuition for some students during a Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with PASSHE Chancellor Dan Greenstein today.  [Read More]

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Independent Fiscal Office, Department of Corrections
February 20, 2024

Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings with Independent Fiscal Office, Department of Corrections

Testimony from Pennsylvania’s non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) validated Senate Republican concerns about the faulty revenue and expense projections in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget proposal and emphasized the important benefits of the state Rainy Day Fund during a budget hearing with the Senate Appropriations Committee today.  [Read More]

PA Senators Honor Penn State’s THON Fundraiser in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer
February 15, 2024

PA Senators Honor Penn State’s THON Fundraiser in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Senators Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), Cris Dush (R-25) and Scott Martin (R-13) are working to honor the annual THON fundraiser led by Penn State students to support families affected by childhood cancer.  [Read More]

Laughlin to Introduce PA Uniform Firearms Act Update for Medical Marijuana
February 9, 2024

Laughlin to Introduce PA Uniform Firearms Act Update for Medical Marijuana

State Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) will soon introduce legislation seeking to amend Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act to conform with the state’s legalization of medical marijuana.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill and Pennycuick Propose Legislation to Elevate Chief Information Officer to Cabinet Level Position
February 8, 2024

Phillips-Hill and Pennycuick Propose Legislation to Elevate Chief Information Officer to Cabinet Level Position

Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Tracy Pennycuick (R-Montgomery/Bucks/Berks) announced their intention to introduce legislation aimed at elevating the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Commonwealth to a cabinet-level position.  [Read More]

PA Senate Passes Resolution Supporting a More Secure Southern Border
February 7, 2024

PA Senate Passes Resolution Supporting a More Secure Southern Border

As the unprecedented rise in illegal immigration strains the resources of states throughout the nation, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a resolution today sponsored by Senate Republican leaders calling for action to address the border crisis and support states’ rights to protect their citizens.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill’s Streamlining Abandoned Museum Property Bill Passes Senate
February 7, 2024

Phillips-Hill’s Streamlining Abandoned Museum Property Bill Passes Senate

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved a measure aimed at supporting the efficient management of Pennsylvania’s private and not-for-profit museums and historical societies, according to the legislation’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York). The bill will address the ownership challenges faced by these entities regarding abandoned, unclaimed, or undocumented property left in their care.  [Read More]

Robinson, Costa Bill Creating Western PA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Passed by Senate
February 7, 2024

Robinson, Costa Bill Creating Western PA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Passed by Senate

Legislation to create a western Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue task force was approved unanimously by the Senate today, according to Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Jay Costa (D-43).  [Read More]

Bill to Improve Literacy Wins Bipartisan Approval in Senate Education Committee
February 7, 2024

Bill to Improve Literacy Wins Bipartisan Approval in Senate Education Committee

A bill to change how Pennsylvania students are taught to read was approved by the Senate Education Committee today by a unanimous, bipartisan vote, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

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February 6, 2024

Senate Republican Leadership Statement: Massive Spending Increase in Shapiro Budget Raises Concerns

The massive $3.2 billion increase in state spending in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposed 2024-25 state budget raises concerns for Senate Republicans, said Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

State Senate Passes Critical Legislation to Boost Cybersecurity Across State Government
February 6, 2024

State Senate Passes Critical Legislation to Boost Cybersecurity Across State Government

Following a recent cyberattack on the Pennsylvania court system, the Senate approved legislation spearheaded by Sen. Phillips-Hill (R-York) to fortify the cybersecurity defenses of Pennsylvania’s information technology (IT) contracts.  [Read More]

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Yaw Bill to Create Independent Energy Office in Pennsylvania
February 5, 2024

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Yaw Bill to Create Independent Energy Office in Pennsylvania

The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved Senate Bill 832, sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) to establish an Independent Energy Office (IEO) within the Commonwealth.  [Read More]

Senate Hearing on Office of Administration Data Loss set for Wednesday
February 5, 2024

Senate Hearing on Office of Administration Data Loss set for Wednesday

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee, chaired by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), and the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Cris Dush (R-25), will hold a joint public hearing this week on the recent Office of Administration (OA) server data loss.  [Read More]

Laughlin’s CRIZ Program Improvements Bill Reported from Committee
February 5, 2024

Laughlin’s CRIZ Program Improvements Bill Reported from Committee

The state Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee has reported to the full Senate legislation that would update the current requirements and tax eligibility for the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program, said bill sponsor, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee Approved Bill to Expand City Revitalization Efforts
February 5, 2024

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee Approved Bill to Expand City Revitalization Efforts

The Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, chaired by State Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48), approved a bill today that would expand city revitalization efforts in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Yaw Introduces Bill to Repeal RGGI Carbon Tax
February 5, 2024

Yaw Introduces Bill to Repeal RGGI Carbon Tax

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) recently announced the introduction of legislation to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon tax enacted through executive order by the Wolf Administration in 2019. RGGI, a multi-state compact, would increase electricity rates for consumers, cut energy and manufacturing jobs and lead to the closure of Pennsylvania power plants.  [Read More]

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February 1, 2024

Pennsylvania, Ohio Legislators Convene in Columbus to Discuss Energy Reliability, Sustainability, and Affordability

Members of the Pennsylvania Senate and the Ohio General Assembly met in Columbus today for a hearing on energy reliability, sustainability, and affordability, according to Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee chairman, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).  [Read More]

Cybersecurity Threats Faced by Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Examined by Senate Committees
January 31, 2024

Cybersecurity Threats Faced by Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Examined by Senate Committees

Cybersecurity threats faced by local governments and municipal authorities were the focus of a public hearing today held by the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, chaired by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), and the Senate Local Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Rosemary M. Brown (R-40).  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Announce Resolution Supporting Efforts to Fight Illegal Immigration
January 31, 2024

Senate Republican Leaders Announce Resolution Supporting Efforts to Fight Illegal Immigration

Just days after issuing a statement in support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s efforts to secure the southern border, Senate Republican leaders today announced a resolution that calls on President Biden and other federal officials to take meaningful action to protect American citizens against the negative impacts of illegal immigration.  [Read More]

Senate Majority Leader Pittman:  Increase in Taxpayer Support for SEPTA Warrants Serious Scrutiny
January 29, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Pittman: Increase in Taxpayer Support for SEPTA Warrants Serious Scrutiny

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement regarding the Shapiro Administration’s proposed increase in state funding for public transit as part of the 2024-2025 state budget:  [Read More]

PA Senate Republican Leaders Voice Support for Texas Governor Abbott’s Defense of the Southern Border
January 26, 2024

PA Senate Republican Leaders Voice Support for Texas Governor Abbott’s Defense of the Southern Border

As dozens of governors throughout the nation share their support for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s actions to secure the border, Pennsylvania Senate Republican Leaders voiced their support for his defense of American citizens and communities.  [Read More]

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Responds to Governor Shapiro’s Higher Education Proposal
January 26, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Responds to Governor Shapiro’s Higher Education Proposal

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement regarding the Shapiro Administration’s release of a blueprint for higher education:  [Read More]

Republicans Unite Behind Alternative Basic Education Funding Commission Report
January 11, 2024

Republicans Unite Behind Alternative Basic Education Funding Commission Report

Republicans who serve on the Basic Education Funding Commission unveiled their alternative report (Report #1) today during the final meeting at the state Capitol. According to the Republican lawmakers on the commission, the report provides a roadmap to provide greater budget stability for school districts, ensure students will receive at the least the same amount as the current year’s historic budget allocations, and seek to put in place greater accountability measures for hard-earned tax dollars paying for public education.  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leadership Comments on Work of the Basic Education Funding Commission
January 11, 2024

Senate Republican Leadership Comments on Work of the Basic Education Funding Commission

Senate Republican leaders issued the following statements following the final meeting of the 2023-2024 Basic Education Funding Commission:  [Read More]

Senate Transportation Chair Langerholc Responds to Philly DA’s False Narrative
January 11, 2024

Senate Transportation Chair Langerholc Responds to Philly DA’s False Narrative

Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) today issued the following statement in response to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner filing a lawsuit against a new law designed to crack down on the crime plaguing Philadelphia’s mass transit system:  [Read More]

Public Safety is Paramount to Upholding PA Constitution
January 11, 2024

Public Safety is Paramount to Upholding PA Constitution

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement in response to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s filing of an injunction for Act 40 of 2023.  [Read More]

Education and Access the Focus of Joint Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Hearing
January 10, 2024

Education and Access the Focus of Joint Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Hearing

The state Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees gathered today for a hearing at the PA Farm Show to discuss the five-year impact of the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill with the main theme of those conversations being agriculture education and access.  [Read More]

Rothman, Muth Introduce Bill to Simplify Retirement for Teachers with Military Service
January 5, 2024

Rothman, Muth Introduce Bill to Simplify Retirement for Teachers with Military Service

Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-44) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure Pennsylvania teachers who serve in the miliary have adequate time to purchase military service toward their Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) benefits.  [Read More]

Sens. Baker and Haywood’s Guardianship Legislation Signed into Law
December 21, 2023

Sens. Baker and Haywood’s Guardianship Legislation Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Lisa Baker (R-20) and  Art Haywood (D-4), to safeguard the dignity of adults in need of guardianship was signed into law by Gov. Shapiro.  [Read More]

Coleman Measure Giving Professionals a Second Chance Now Law
December 21, 2023

Coleman Measure Giving Professionals a Second Chance Now Law

More professionals who make minor mistakes now can have a second chance by clearing their disciplinary records after a bill introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) recently was signed into law.  [Read More]

Brown Works for Road Safety, Fairness to Drivers
December 20, 2023

Brown Works for Road Safety, Fairness to Drivers

The reauthorization of the automated speed zone enforcement program was signed into law last week by the governor, according to Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40).  [Read More]

Farry’s Bill to Combat Porch Pirating Signed into Law
December 14, 2023

Farry’s Bill to Combat Porch Pirating Signed into Law

Legislation to combat porch pirating was signed today by the governor, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Frank Farry (R-6).  [Read More]

Coleman Bill to Give Professionals a Second Chance Awaiting Governor’s Signature to Become Law
December 14, 2023

Coleman Bill to Give Professionals a Second Chance Awaiting Governor’s Signature to Become Law

A bill introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that would enable professionals who make minor mistakes to have a second chance by clearing their disciplinary record is one step away from becoming law after it was approved unanimously Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.  [Read More]

Robinson Applauds Passage of Legislation Authorizing Parole Agent Body Cameras
December 14, 2023

Robinson Applauds Passage of Legislation Authorizing Parole Agent Body Cameras

Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) released the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1278 – the companion bill to his legislation authorizing body cameras for parole agents:  [Read More]

Bartolotta Bill to Reform PA’s Probation System Set for Enactment
December 14, 2023

Bartolotta Bill to Reform PA’s Probation System Set for Enactment

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Lisa Baker (R-20) and Anthony Williams (D-8) that would reform Pennsylvania’s probation system to give people a better pathway out of the criminal justice system is set for enactment into law.  [Read More]

Mastriano Legislation to Save Lives Through Expanded Fentanyl Testing Heads to the Governor’s Desk
December 14, 2023

Mastriano Legislation to Save Lives Through Expanded Fentanyl Testing Heads to the Governor’s Desk

The state House Wednesday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that could save lives by expanding fentanyl and xylazine testing in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Vogel’s SANE Expansion Legislation Advances to the Governor’s Desk
December 14, 2023

Vogel’s SANE Expansion Legislation Advances to the Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, Sen. Elder Vogel’s (R-47) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) expansion legislation, Senate Bill 414, unanimously advanced from the Pennsylvania House and now heads to Governor Josh Shapiro for approval.  [Read More]

Senate Takes Key Steps to Finalize 2023-24 State Budget
December 13, 2023

Senate Takes Key Steps to Finalize 2023-24 State Budget

The Senate approved two major bipartisan budget implementation bills on Wednesday, taking significant steps to finalize the 2023-24 state budget, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

Gebhard Bill to Improve Financial Literacy Set for Enactment
December 13, 2023

Gebhard Bill to Improve Financial Literacy Set for Enactment

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) to give students basic money management skills was amended into an omnibus bill containing several changes to the Public School Code passed the Senate today. The bill is poised for enactment.  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Punish Looters Awaits Governor’s Signature
December 13, 2023

Argall Bill to Punish Looters Awaits Governor’s Signature

A bill to crack down on looters and thieves was approved with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Senate and now awaits the signature of the Governor to become law.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Resolution to Evaluate Allentown Tax Incentive Program
December 13, 2023

Senate Approves Coleman Resolution to Evaluate Allentown Tax Incentive Program

The commonwealth and its taxpayers are one step closer to being able to evaluate the effectiveness of a more-than $500 million state tax program targeting economic development investments in Allentown after the state Senate today unanimously approved a measure introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16).  [Read More]

Brooks’ Bill Helping People with Addiction Set for Enactment
December 13, 2023

Brooks’ Bill Helping People with Addiction Set for Enactment

In response to the needs of Pennsylvanians struggling with substance use disorder, a bill sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) to increase access to licensed addiction treatment programs is set for enactment.  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Ban PA Tax Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Heads to the Governor’s Desk
December 13, 2023

Argall Bill to Ban PA Tax Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Heads to the Governor’s Desk

A bill to prevent Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars from supporting companies with ties to the governments of Russia and Belarus was approved by a unanimous, bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives today, according to the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

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December 13, 2023

PA Senate Advances Landmark Bill: Sen. Mike Regan’s Legislation Mandates Armed School Security for Stronger Protection

Today, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) to require each school entity in Pennsylvania to have at least one armed school security personnel.  The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.  [Read More]

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December 13, 2023

Dush Reacts to Senate State Government Committee’s 2023 Election Integrity Hearing

Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee Chairman Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s State of Election Integrity 2023 public hearing with Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt.   [Read More]

Regan Heart and Lung Bill Heads to Governor
December 13, 2023

Regan Heart and Lung Bill Heads to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) to expand the list of law enforcement entities covered under the Enforcement Officer Disability Law, also known as the Heart and Lung Act, achieved final passage in the House of Representatives and now goes to the Governor for signature.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill’s Measure Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Travel Insurance Framework Garners Senate Support
December 12, 2023

Phillips-Hill’s Measure Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Travel Insurance Framework Garners Senate Support

The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously approved legislation that would update the regulatory framework for travel insurance in the commonwealth, according to the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Resolution to Improve Workforce Training
December 12, 2023

Senate Approves Coleman Resolution to Improve Workforce Training

The state Senate today unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) calling for an investigation into the effectiveness of workforce development programs in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Culver Bill  to Protect Domestic Animals and Food Supply Against Disease
December 12, 2023

Senate Approves Culver Bill to Protect Domestic Animals and Food Supply Against Disease

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) to help protect domestic animals and the food supply against dangerous transmissible diseases.  [Read More]

Martin Responds to Savings to Taxpayers Generated by Bond Sales, Credit Rating Upgrades
December 12, 2023

Martin Responds to Savings to Taxpayers Generated by Bond Sales, Credit Rating Upgrades

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) released the following statement today in response to long-term savings to taxpayers of nearly $100 million as a result of recent credit upgrades and bond sales:  [Read More]

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bills, Advances Board of Pardons Nomination
December 12, 2023

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bills, Advances Board of Pardons Nomination

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), approved legislation regarding increasing fines for littering, ensuring dignity for incarcerated women and reputing unlawful restrictive deed covenants.  [Read More]

Robinson Bills Boosting Nonprofit Fundraising, Local Tourism Approved by Committee
December 12, 2023

Robinson Bills Boosting Nonprofit Fundraising, Local Tourism Approved by Committee

Two bills aimed to help local communities were approved by the Senate’s Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, according to the bills’ sponsor, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

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December 12, 2023

Yaw: Senate ERE Committee Oks Bill to Create Independent Energy Office in Pennsylvania

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today approved legislation to establish an Independent Energy Office (IEO) within the Commonwealth, according to Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measure.  [Read More]

Farry Bill to Safeguard Transit Operators Passes Senate
December 12, 2023

Farry Bill to Safeguard Transit Operators Passes Senate

A bill introduced by Sens. Frank Farry (R-6) and Christine Tartaglione (D-2) to safeguard transit operators against assault was passed by the Senate this week with an overwhelming bipartisan support of 47-1.  [Read More]

House Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Protect Prescription Coverage for Social Security Recipients
December 11, 2023

House Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Protect Prescription Coverage for Social Security Recipients

The state House today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Sen. Maria Collett (D-12) that would ensure older Pennsylvanians do not lose access to two state prescription medication programs due to an increase in their Social Security payments.  [Read More]

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December 11, 2023

Senate Approves Laughlin’s Public Transportation Modernization Bill

The state Senate today unanimously passed legislation that would modernize the management of Pennsylvania’s public transportation systems, said bill sponsor Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

Antisemitism Has No Place In Pennsylvania
December 11, 2023

Antisemitism Has No Place In Pennsylvania

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement on the anti-Israel protest held in Harrisburg on Sunday:  [Read More]

Culver Announces Local Business to Host Dinosaur Display at State Capitol
December 7, 2023

Culver Announces Local Business to Host Dinosaur Display at State Capitol

State Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) worked with Prehistoric Journeys, a company based in Sunbury, to schedule a display in the Main Rotunda of the state Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., where children, parents, teachers and the public can interact with a six-foot tall dinosaur upper leg bone.  [Read More]

Mastriano Bill Would End State Funding  for Colleges, Universities Supporting Antisemitism
December 5, 2023

Mastriano Bill Would End State Funding for Colleges, Universities Supporting Antisemitism

With a 400% increase in antisemitic incidents following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas against Israel and recent reports of antisemitism on college campuses in Pennsylvania, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) is introducing legislation to end state taxpayer support for colleges or universities that enable antisemitism.  [Read More]

School Mandate Relief Reviewed by Senate Education Committee
November 28, 2023

School Mandate Relief Reviewed by Senate Education Committee

The burden of state mandates on public schools was reviewed in depth during a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

Citing Sound Fiscal Management, Fitch Upgrades Pennsylvania’s Bond Rating
November 28, 2023

Citing Sound Fiscal Management, Fitch Upgrades Pennsylvania’s Bond Rating

As a result of Pennsylvania’s sound financial management and strong budgetary reserves, one of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies announced it would upgrade the state’s bond rating, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Scott Martin (R-Lancaster).  [Read More]

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Statement Shapiro’s RGGI Appeal Demonstrates Lack of Leadership
November 21, 2023

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Statement Shapiro’s RGGI Appeal Demonstrates Lack of Leadership

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Josh Shapiro’s decision to appeal the Commonwealth Court’s ruling that the Commonwealth’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without legislative approval violates the Pennsylvania constitution.  [Read More]

Shapiro’s RGGI Appeal is a Misguided Approach
November 21, 2023

Shapiro’s RGGI Appeal is a Misguided Approach

Today, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement on Gov. Josh Shapiro’s decision to appeal the Commonwealth Court’s ruling that entrance by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without legislative approval violates the Pennsylvania Constitution.  [Read More]

Mastriano Bill Would Divest PA from Companies Benefitting Chinese Government
November 15, 2023

Mastriano Bill Would Divest PA from Companies Benefitting Chinese Government

As the state of California and City of San Francisco this week welcomed communist Chinese President Xi Jinping, here in Pennsylvania, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) is sending a different message by introducing a bill to divest all commonwealth holdings in companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Funding, Additional Transparency for State-Related Universities
November 15, 2023

Senate Approves Funding, Additional Transparency for State-Related Universities

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to support funding and additional transparency measures for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities today, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

Robinson, Kane, Haywood Announce Legislation Addressing Lead in School Water
November 15, 2023

Robinson, Kane, Haywood Announce Legislation Addressing Lead in School Water

Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) was joined by Sens. John Kane (D-9) and Art Haywood (D-4), along with industry professionals to announce legislation that would require testing and mitigation for lead in Pennsylvania schools’ drinking water.  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Punish Looters Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval
November 15, 2023

Argall Bill to Punish Looters Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval

In the aftermath of widespread looting in Philadelphia and many other cities, the Senate approved Sen. Dave Argall’s legislation to prevent these crimes by a bipartisan vote of 46-4 today.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Martin Resolution Evaluating Success of School Safety Programs
November 15, 2023

Senate Approves Martin Resolution Evaluating Success of School Safety Programs

The Senate approved a resolution today to initiate a comprehensive study of Pennsylvania’s approach to school safety to build on recent successes to keep kids safer in the classroom, according to the resolution’s sponsor, Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster).  [Read More]

Senate Advances Key Education, School Safety Budget Priorities
November 15, 2023

Senate Advances Key Education, School Safety Budget Priorities

The Senate approved budget implementation language today that will drive out critical funding to schools and present a more streamlined approach to school safety, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

Pennycuick: New Law Will Make It Easier for Students of Military Families to Enroll in School
November 15, 2023

Pennycuick: New Law Will Make It Easier for Students of Military Families to Enroll in School

Legislation championed by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Rep. Milou Mackenzie (R-141) and Rep. Brian Munroe (D-144) has been signed into law making it easier for students of relocating military families to enroll in school.  [Read More]

Brooks Bill Providing Life-saving Care for Babies Set for Enactment
November 14, 2023

Brooks Bill Providing Life-saving Care for Babies Set for Enactment

Having received unanimous support from the General Assembly, legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) to provide critical nourishment for medically fragile babies is poised to be signed into law.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Bill to Give Professionals a Second Chance by Clearing Their Records
November 14, 2023

Senate Approves Coleman Bill to Give Professionals a Second Chance by Clearing Their Records

Professionals who make minor mistakes deserve a second chance at having a clean disciplinary record. That’s the sentiment behind a bill introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that was unanimously approved today by the state Senate.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Create Jobs and Opportunity through Regulatory Reduction
November 14, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Create Jobs and Opportunity through Regulatory Reduction

The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee Monday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would promote private-sector job creation by eliminating costly, ineffective state regulations that hamper economic growth.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Enable Better Service in Long-Term Care Facilities
November 14, 2023

Senate Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Enable Better Service in Long-Term Care Facilities

The Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Sen. Maria Collett (D-12) that would enhance the availability and quality of service at long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Mastriano, Senate Committee Approve Bills to Help Veterans and Extend 911 Law
November 14, 2023

Mastriano, Senate Committee Approve Bills to Help Veterans and Extend 911 Law

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), on Monday advanced three bills to help veterans obtain or maintain certain benefits and also extend Pennsylvania’s law governing 911 emergency responses across the commonwealth.  [Read More]

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bills Regarding School Terroristic Threats, Family Law Disputes, Wiretapping and Body Cameras for State Parole Agents
November 14, 2023

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bills Regarding School Terroristic Threats, Family Law Disputes, Wiretapping and Body Cameras for State Parole Agents

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), today approved legislation regarding school terroristic threats, family law disputes, wiretapping and body cameras.  [Read More]

Farry SEPTA Assault Bill Approved by Committee, Heads to Senate
November 14, 2023

Farry SEPTA Assault Bill Approved by Committee, Heads to Senate

A bill introduced by Sens. Frank Farry (R-6) and Christine Tartaglione (D-2) to safeguard transit operators against assault was passed unanimously by the Senate Transportation Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate Takes Steps to Advance Bipartisan Sexual Harassment Legislation
November 14, 2023

Senate Takes Steps to Advance Bipartisan Sexual Harassment Legislation

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) along with Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28), Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), and Sen. Maria Collett (D-12), today issued a co-sponsorship memo announcing the Senate’s intent to advance a bipartisan legislative package consisting of two bills to increase measures when addressing matters of sexual harassment in the workplace.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Reviews School Safety Program
November 14, 2023

Senate Education Committee Reviews School Safety Program

The Senate Education Committee met today to review a grant program that has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Pennsylvania schools to strengthen their safety and other efforts to protect students, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

Robinson Unites Survivors, Advocates Supporting His Cancer Treatment and Prevention Bill
November 14, 2023

Robinson Unites Survivors, Advocates Supporting His Cancer Treatment and Prevention Bill

Advocates and cancer survivors joined Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) today in support of his lifesaving legislation.  [Read More]

Senate OKs Yaw Bills Addressing Stream Maintenance
November 13, 2023

Senate OKs Yaw Bills Addressing Stream Maintenance

The state Senate today approved two bills addressing stream maintenance and giving counties and municipalities greater flexibility in handling obstructions and flood-related hazards in local waterways, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of the measures.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Coleman Resolution to Improve Workforce Training
November 13, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Coleman Resolution to Improve Workforce Training

With the commonwealth spending hundreds of millions of dollars on various programs to train workers and employers still struggling to find skilled employees, the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee today unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) calling for an investigation into the effectiveness of workforce development programs in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Measure Expanding Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Approved by Committee
November 13, 2023

Pennycuick Measure Expanding Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Approved by Committee

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) allowing more disabled veterans to receive property tax relief was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Measure Incentivizes Employing PA Guard Members, Boosts Guard Recruitment and Retention
November 9, 2023

Pennycuick Measure Incentivizes Employing PA Guard Members, Boosts Guard Recruitment and Retention

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) has introduced legislation providing an incentive for employers to hire Pennsylvania National Guard members and strengthening Guard recruitment and retention efforts.  [Read More]

Brown to Introduce Legislation to Help Fill Employment Positions in Schools
November 9, 2023

Brown to Introduce Legislation to Help Fill Employment Positions in Schools

Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) will be introducing legislation to allow for annuitants of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) to return to part-time service without temporarily terminating their annuity benefits.  [Read More]

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November 6, 2023

Phillips-Hill, Schwank: New Law will Assure First Amendment Right to Freedom of Religious Expression

A new state law assures the First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression for every Pennsylvanian according to the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks).  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Applaud Significant Transfer to Rainy Day Fund
November 3, 2023

Senate Republican Leaders Applaud Significant Transfer to Rainy Day Fund

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Chair Scott Martin (R-13) applauded the transfer of nearly $900 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund today that will help strengthen Pennsylvania’s financial position in the years ahead.  [Read More]

Senator Martin Renews Call to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent
November 2, 2023

Senator Martin Renews Call to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

As Pennsylvanians prepare to set their clocks back an hour this weekend, Senator Scott Martin (R-13) is renewing his call to make daylight saving time permanent and eliminate the twice-yearly time changes.  [Read More]

DiSanto Announces Housing Affordability Legislation
November 1, 2023

DiSanto Announces Housing Affordability Legislation

State Sen. John DiSanto (PA-15) today announced forthcoming legislation to make homeownership and other quality housing options more available to Pennsylvanians, by alleviating municipal zoning restrictions that impede housing affordability. The bill is being jointly prime sponsored by Sen. Dan Laughlin (PA-49) and Sen. Greg Rothman (PA-34).  [Read More]

Commonwealth Court Rules RGGI Energy Tax Violates PA Constitution
November 1, 2023

Commonwealth Court Rules RGGI Energy Tax Violates PA Constitution

Today, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement following the Commonwealth Court’s ruling that entrance by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and state Environmental Quality Board (EQB), into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without legislative approval, violates the Pennsylvania Constitution.  [Read More]

House Approves Ward Bill Supported by Wentling to Eliminate Outdated Frozen Food Law
October 31, 2023

House Approves Ward Bill Supported by Wentling to Eliminate Outdated Frozen Food Law

A bill introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) that would repeal an outdated law regulating the frozen dessert industry in Pennsylvania was approved by the state House.  Rep. Parke Wentling (R-7), who introduced companion legislation – House Bill 953 – in the state House, was a strong supporter.  [Read More]

Bipartisan bill protecting First Amendment rights approved by House of Representatives
October 30, 2023

Bipartisan bill protecting First Amendment rights approved by House of Representatives

The House of Representatives passed key legislation sponsored by Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would eliminate a section from the state’s Education Code that prohibits teachers from wearing any dress, mark, emblem, or insignia indicative of their faith or denomination.  [Read More]

Senate ERE Committee, Ohio Public Utilities Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Inter-State Relationships within the PJM Grid
October 26, 2023

Senate ERE Committee, Ohio Public Utilities Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Inter-State Relationships within the PJM Grid

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, along with members of the Ohio House of Representatives Public Utilities Committee and the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee will hold a joint public hearing on Thursday, November 2nd at 10a.m. to discuss inter-state relationships within the PJM electric grid.  [Read More]

Robinson, Baker Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis Passed by Senate
October 25, 2023

Robinson, Baker Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis Passed by Senate

The Senate passed legislation today sponsored by Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Lisa Baker (R-20) that would update Pennsylvania’s controlled substance scheduling.  [Read More]

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October 25, 2023

Senate Passes Bartolotta’s Bill Promoting Veteran-Owned Businesses

To recognize veterans’ entrepreneurial efforts, the Senate unanimously passed legislation today sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) that would create a logo promoting Pennsylvania’s veteran-owned businesses.  [Read More]

PA Senate Advances Dush Legislation to Restore Constitution Preamble Displays in Public Schools
October 25, 2023

PA Senate Advances Dush Legislation to Restore Constitution Preamble Displays in Public Schools

Sponsored by Sen. Cris Dush (R-25), legislation to allow Pennsylvania public schools to display the preamble of both the state (Senate Bill 353) and federal (Senate Bill 456) constitutions was approved by the Senate on Tuesday.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Parents Access to What Students are Learning
October 25, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Parents Access to What Students are Learning

Pennsylvania parents are a step closer to being better able to determine what students are taught, after the state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) to enhance curriculum transparency in the commonwealth.  [Read More]

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October 24, 2023

Senate Passes Bill to Settle Issue of Sexually Explicit Content in School

The Senate today approved legislation with a bipartisan vote to empower parents to protect their own child from accessing sexually explicit content at school, without impacting the books available to other students, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Enable Better Health Care for Senior Citizens
October 24, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Enable Better Health Care for Senior Citizens

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Senator Maria Collett (D-12) that would enhance the availability and quality of health care for senior citizens in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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October 24, 2023

Bartolotta, Ward, Pittman, Robinson and Yaw Highlight Benefits of Hydrogen Hubs

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46), President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41), Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) discussed what the future hydrogen economy means for jobs, energy and the environment following a recent federal decision to award funding to two hubs benefitting Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Passes Bill to Require Armed Security at Schools
October 24, 2023

Senate Education Committee Passes Bill to Require Armed Security at Schools

The Senate Education Committee voted today to approve a bill to better protect Pennsylvania students by requiring armed security officers in schools, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

Garage Floor Drain Discharge Bill Reported from Committee
October 24, 2023

Garage Floor Drain Discharge Bill Reported from Committee

The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy reported to the full Senate legislation, Senate Bill 265, that would allow garage floor drains to be discharged to a treatment tank of an on-lot sewage system, said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-49.  [Read More]

Vogel’s Dog Law Modernization Bill Signed Into Law
October 24, 2023

Vogel’s Dog Law Modernization Bill Signed Into Law

Last evening, Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) Dog Law Modernization bill, (now Act 18 of 2023) was signed into law by Governor Josh Shapiro and will go into effect in 90 days.  [Read More]

Langerholc’s School Bus Safety Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk
October 23, 2023

Langerholc’s School Bus Safety Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Pennsylvania Senate sent legislation sponsored by Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to the Governor’s desk Monday by a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 851 will extend and revamp the school bus stop arm automated enforcement program.  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Prevent PA Taxpayer Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval
October 23, 2023

Argall Bill to Prevent PA Taxpayer Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval

A bill to prevent Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars from supporting companies with ties to the governments of Russia and Belarus was approved with unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate today, according to the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Mastriano Military Medal Legislation Signed into Law
October 23, 2023

Mastriano Military Medal Legislation Signed into Law

Legislation championed by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) was signed into law today.  [Read More]

New Efforts to Fight Illiteracy Reviewed by Senate Education Committee
October 23, 2023

New Efforts to Fight Illiteracy Reviewed by Senate Education Committee

Changing how Pennsylvania students are taught to read was reviewed during a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

Baker Bill Updating Controlled Substance Scheduling Heads to Senate, Supported by Local District Attorneys
October 23, 2023

Baker Bill Updating Controlled Substance Scheduling Heads to Senate, Supported by Local District Attorneys

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved legislation sponsored by Sens. Lisa Baker (R-20) Devlin Robinson (R-37) that would update Pennsylvania’s controlled substance scheduling. A controlled substance is defined as a drug, substance or immediate precursor included in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.  [Read More]

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Published: October 20, 2023   |  News Conference: Monday, October 23

Mastriano to Host Event Monday Honoring William Penn

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will hold an event to honor the life of William Penn on Monday, Oct. 23, at noon in front of the William Penn statue at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg.   [Read More]

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Published: October 20, 2023   |  News Conference: Tuesday, October 24

Bartolotta, Ward, Pittman, Robinson and Yaw to Highlight Benefits of Hydrogen Hubs

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41), Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) will discuss the benefits of hydrogen hubs to the environment and the economy on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Rotunda, State Capitol, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

MONDAY: Joint Senate Hearing Will Explore Solutions to Wildlife Crop Damage
October 20, 2023

MONDAY: Joint Senate Hearing Will Explore Solutions to Wildlife Crop Damage

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), and the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34), will hold a joint hearing next week on crop damage caused by wildlife in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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October 19, 2023

Chairman Dush Brings In ‘Heavy Hitters’ to Prove ‘ERIC’ Not Needed

The Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Cris Dush (R-25), convened a public hearing on Wednesday to receive testimony from Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose regarding the departure from the Electronic Registration and Information Center (ERIC) by their respective states.  [Read More]

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October 19, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Enhance Care at State Veterans Homes

  HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, that would enhance care by increasing oversight at Pennsylvania’s six state veterans homes. “Our state veterans homes provide an incredible service by delivering care to veterans and […]  [Read More]

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October 19, 2023

Laughlin, Williams Introduce Bipartisan Drug Overdose Treatment Legislation

Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Anthony Williams (D-8) have introduced bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 962, aimed at helping individuals regain control of their lives following a drug overdose in which a life-sustaining medication was administered.  [Read More]

Vogel’s Dog Law Modernization Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk
October 19, 2023

Vogel’s Dog Law Modernization Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) Dog Law Modernization Bill is one step closer to becoming law as it advances from the Pennsylvania House and heads to Governor Josh Shapiro’s desk.  [Read More]

House Democrats Cause Immense Primary Date Confusion
October 18, 2023

House Democrats Cause Immense Primary Date Confusion

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement regarding moving PA’s primary date:  [Read More]

Legislation Providing Critical Support for EMS, Hospitals & Nursing Homes Sent to the Governor’s Desk
October 18, 2023

Legislation Providing Critical Support for EMS, Hospitals & Nursing Homes Sent to the Governor’s Desk

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement on House Bill 1351 being sent to the Governor’s desk:  [Read More]

Bill to Settle Issue of Sexually Explicit Content in PA Schools Passes Committee
October 18, 2023

Bill to Settle Issue of Sexually Explicit Content in PA Schools Passes Committee

Following a hearing yesterday which showcased the sexually explicit content currently available in some Pennsylvania schools, the Senate Education Committee today advanced Senate Bill 7, legislation sponsored by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36).  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Votes to Give Parents Control over Sexually Explicit Content in Schools
October 18, 2023

Senate Education Committee Votes to Give Parents Control over Sexually Explicit Content in Schools

A bill to ensure parents control when their children are exposed to sexually explicit content in schools was approved by the Senate Education Committee today, according to committee chair Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

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October 18, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Resolution Backing Israel, Condemning Hamas

The state Senate today unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that condemns the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas and pledges support for Israel and its people.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Ward Bill to Expand Wine and Spirit Options for Customers
October 17, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Ward Bill to Expand Wine and Spirit Options for Customers

The Senate Law and Justice Committee today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30), Senate Bill 882, that would expand wine and spirit options for customers at restaurants and taverns across Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Advances Critical Support for EMS, Hospitals & Nursing Homes
October 17, 2023

Senate Advances Critical Support for EMS, Hospitals & Nursing Homes

Recognizing the challenges health care providers face and the importance of meeting these needs immediately, the Senate has unanimously passed House Bill 1351, to ensure residents across Pennsylvania continue to receive access to needed health care services, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

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October 17, 2023

Baker Bill to Increase School Bus Safety Passed by Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) to enhance the safe transportation of school children by establishing new traffic rules and strengthening penalties for overtaking a school bus.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill Increasing Access to Addiction Treatment Programs
October 17, 2023

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill Increasing Access to Addiction Treatment Programs

To help combat prevalent opioid addiction, the Senate today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) to increase access to licensed addiction treatment programs for Pennsylvanians.  [Read More]

Robinson, Baker Bill Updating State’s Controlled Substance Scheduling Approved by Committee
October 17, 2023

Robinson, Baker Bill Updating State’s Controlled Substance Scheduling Approved by Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation today sponsored by Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Lisa Baker (R-20) that would update Pennsylvania’s controlled substance scheduling.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Reviews Bill to Give Parents Control Over Sexually Explicit Materials in Schools
October 17, 2023

Senate Education Committee Reviews Bill to Give Parents Control Over Sexually Explicit Materials in Schools

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), held a public hearing today about a bill to ensure parents are aware of sexually explicit material in their children’s schools.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Bill Providing Police and Firefighter Pension COLAs Receives Key Committee Approval
October 17, 2023

Pennycuick Bill Providing Police and Firefighter Pension COLAs Receives Key Committee Approval

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to provide a much-needed cost of living adjustment (COLA) for retired municipal police officers and firefighters was approved by the Senate Law and Justice Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Ward Bill to Add More Fire Instructors
October 16, 2023

Senate Approves Ward Bill to Add More Fire Instructors

HARRISBURG – The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30), Senate Bill 423, that would enable the state to hire more part-time fire instructors by removing a hurdle standing in the way.  [Read More]

Laughlin, Williams to Introduce Drug Overdose Treatment Legislation
October 16, 2023

Laughlin, Williams to Introduce Drug Overdose Treatment Legislation

Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Anthony Williams (D-8) will introduce legislation aimed at helping individuals regain control of their lives following a drug overdose in which a life-sustaining medication was administered.  [Read More]

Media Advisory from Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman
October 12, 2023

Media Advisory from Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman

HARRISBURG – Today, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) sent a letter to House Majority Leader Matt Bradford, regarding moving the 2024 Primary Date.   [Read More]

DiSanto Proposes ‘Run for One’ Legislation
October 12, 2023

DiSanto Proposes ‘Run for One’ Legislation

State Sen. John DiSanto (PA-15) today announced he will introduce legislation to ban candidates from appearing on the ballot for more than one public office in a single election, a proposal referred to as “Run for One.”  [Read More]

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman Comments on Moving PA’s Primary Election
October 5, 2023

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman Comments on Moving PA’s Primary Election

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has issued the following statement regarding moving PA’s primary date:  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Measure to Rename State Road after Two Local Fallen Firefighters
October 4, 2023

Senate Approves Coleman Measure to Rename State Road after Two Local Fallen Firefighters

Two New Tripoli firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in December 2022 are one step closer to having a portion of state Route 143 in Lynn Township named in their honor, after the state Senate today approved a measure proposed by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16).  [Read More]

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October 4, 2023

Rothman Bill to Fund Local Bridge Projects Approved by Senate

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) to make state funding available for local bridge projects was approved by the state Senate today.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Measure Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims Approved by Senate
October 4, 2023

Pennycuick Measure Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims Approved by Senate

The state Senate today approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to strengthen notification requirements for data breaches and provide affected citizens with free credit monitoring and a credit report.  [Read More]

Pittman Calls House Passage of Tax Code Bill ‘Intriguing’
October 3, 2023

Pittman Calls House Passage of Tax Code Bill ‘Intriguing’

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement regarding House passage of House Bill 1219:  [Read More]

Senate Passes Resolution Urging D.C. to Avoid Worsening Housing Crisis
October 3, 2023

Senate Passes Resolution Urging D.C. to Avoid Worsening Housing Crisis

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved a resolution today urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) to rescind  its recent fee increases on borrowers with good credit, according to the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28).  [Read More]

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bills Regarding Ransomware, Organized Retail Theft and Harassment of Sports Officials
October 3, 2023

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bills Regarding Ransomware, Organized Retail Theft and Harassment of Sports Officials

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), today approved legislation regarding ransomware attacks, organized retail thefts and the harassment of sports officials in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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October 3, 2023

Langerholc Bill to Provide New Career Paths for Individuals in Recovery Approved by Senate

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) that would help individuals in recovery from substance use obtain and maintain meaningful employment.  [Read More]

Senate committee approves Phillips-Hill’s measure keeping taxpayer dollars from paying ransomware
October 3, 2023

Senate committee approves Phillips-Hill’s measure keeping taxpayer dollars from paying ransomware

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed significant reforms today as to how state government entities must address ransomware attacks, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), who sponsored the measure.  [Read More]

Mastriano to Host Operation Enduring Freedom Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday
October 3, 2023

Mastriano to Host Operation Enduring Freedom Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will host a ceremony to remember and recognize the heroic sacrifices made by U.S. military men and women during Operation Enduring Freedom at an event on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at Soldier’s Grove behind the state Capitol, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

Bill to Crack Down on Organized Retail Theft Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
October 3, 2023

Bill to Crack Down on Organized Retail Theft Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

A bill to increase penalties on criminals who steal from retail stores was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the bill’s prime sponsor.  [Read More]

Senate Resolution Would Evaluate School Safety Programs to Find Potential Improvements
October 2, 2023

Senate Resolution Would Evaluate School Safety Programs to Find Potential Improvements

A comprehensive study of Pennsylvania’s approach to school safety could build on recent successes to keep kids safer in the classroom, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Double Prison Time for Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths
October 2, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Double Prison Time for Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths

The state Senate today approved through a bipartisan vote a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would enact harsher criminal penalties on drug dealers who sell drugs that lead to a death.  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Decry Shapiro’s Attempt to Prevent Full Rainy Day Fund Transfer
September 29, 2023

Senate Republican Leaders Decry Shapiro’s Attempt to Prevent Full Rainy Day Fund Transfer

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) issued the following statement today regarding the Shapiro Administration’s failure to request the statutorily required amount be deposited in the state’s Rainy Day Fund:  [Read More]

Leader Pittman Calls on Gov. Shapiro to Immediately Withdraw from RGGI
September 29, 2023

Leader Pittman Calls on Gov. Shapiro to Immediately Withdraw from RGGI

Today, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement calling on Gov. Josh Shapiro to accept one of the recommendations of the Shapiro RGGI Working Group, which highlighted the need for legislative approval, and urged immediate action be taken to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  [Read More]

Sen. Farry and State Reps. Unveil Crime Bill Package to Address Rising Crime in Pennsylvania
September 29, 2023

Sen. Farry and State Reps. Unveil Crime Bill Package to Address Rising Crime in Pennsylvania

Sen. Frank Farry (R-6) and Reps. K.C. Tomlinson (R-18), Joe Hogan (R-142), Kristin Marcell (R-178) and Shelby Labs (R-143) joined local law enforcement officials yesterday at the Northampton Police Department to unveil legislation that addresses the rising and evolving crime in Pennsylvania, specifically around Philadelphia.   [Read More]

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee to Hold Two Hearings on Gaming Law and Skill Games
September 29, 2023

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee to Hold Two Hearings on Gaming Law and Skill Games

The Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, chaired by State Senator Chris Gebhard (R-48), will hold two separate public hearings next week examining the state’s gaming laws and the skill games operators.  [Read More]

An Opportunity to Bring Back Common Sense
September 22, 2023

An Opportunity to Bring Back Common Sense

Last November, the voters sent a divided government to Harrisburg. The governor is a Democrat. The House of Representatives has swung between having the same number of Democrat and Republican members, and the Democrats having a one-seat majority. In the Senate, our Republican majority is strong with 28 members.  [Read More]

Martin Calls for Study Evaluating Successes and Future Needs of School Safety Grant Program
September 22, 2023

Martin Calls for Study Evaluating Successes and Future Needs of School Safety Grant Program

Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) today called on his colleagues to support a study to evaluate the successes, outcomes and potential legislative actions that may be needed for the state’s largest school safety grant program.  [Read More]

Baker’s Bill Simplifying Grantor Trust Process for PA Taxpayers Passes Senate
September 21, 2023

Baker’s Bill Simplifying Grantor Trust Process for PA Taxpayers Passes Senate

Legislation to simplify and streamline the irrevocable grantor trust process was passed by the Senate, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Improve Oversight of State Veterans Homes
September 21, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Improve Oversight of State Veterans Homes

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today voted to approve legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would improve oversight of the six state-operated veterans homes in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Improve Curriculum Transparency in Schools
September 21, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Improve Curriculum Transparency in Schools

HARRISBURG – The state Senate Education Committee on Tuesday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would require schools in Pennsylvania to post online the curriculum and textbooks used in classrooms to teach students. “Openness and transparency are something we should promote in all facets of our government entities and that includes […]  [Read More]

Robinson’s Bill Creating Western PA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Approved by Committee
September 20, 2023

Robinson’s Bill Creating Western PA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Approved by Committee

Legislation to create a western Pennsylvania urban search and rescue task force was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today, according to Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37), who sponsored the bipartisan bill with Sen. Jay Costa (D-43).  [Read More]

Senate Votes to Streamline and Increase School Safety Measures
September 20, 2023

Senate Votes to Streamline and Increase School Safety Measures

The Senate has unanimously passed House Bill 27 to implement several key provisions to consolidate and streamline Pennsylvania’s school safety programs and ensure greater coordination in keeping children safe, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41), Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) and Senate Education Committee Chair David Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward on Moving Up the  Pennsylvania Primary Date for the 2024 Election
September 20, 2023

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward on Moving Up the Pennsylvania Primary Date for the 2024 Election

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement on the passage of  Senate Bill 224, which would move up Pennsylvania’s 2024 primary election date to March 19:  [Read More]

Bill to Move Up Date of 2024 Pennsylvania Primary Election Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval
September 20, 2023

Bill to Move Up Date of 2024 Pennsylvania Primary Election Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval

A bill to move the date of Pennsylvania’s 2024 primary election up by five weeks to March 19 was approved today in the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 45-2, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the prime sponsor of the bill.  [Read More]

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September 20, 2023

Laughlin Remembers Fuller Hose Co. Firefighter Shawn Giles on Senate Floor

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously approved a condolence resolution sponsored by Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) to remember Fuller Hose Company #1 Firefighter Shawn Giles who was tragically killed on Aug. 20, 2023, by a speeding motorist while directing traffic at an accident scene.  [Read More]

Brown Joined by Advocates to Urge Passage of Lifesaving AED Legislation
September 19, 2023

Brown Joined by Advocates to Urge Passage of Lifesaving AED Legislation

Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) hosted a press event today urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pass her lifesaving legislation. Brown was joined by many advocates, survivors, legislators and members of the Smart Heart Sports Coalition.  [Read More]

Bartolotta’s Bill Helping PA Families Passes Senate
September 19, 2023

Bartolotta’s Bill Helping PA Families Passes Senate

Hardworking Pennsylvanians may soon have the same tax benefits afforded to investors, thanks to the Senate passage of Sen. Camera Bartolotta’s (R-46) bill.  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Reduce Barriers for Teachers Moving to Pennsylvania Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval
September 19, 2023

Argall Bill to Reduce Barriers for Teachers Moving to Pennsylvania Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval

Teachers moving to Pennsylvania would face less barriers to receiving their certification under a bill sponsored by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) that was passed by a unanimous, bipartisan vote today.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Bills to Boost Online Safety, Protect Residents Against Financial Crimes and Increase Cybersecurity
September 19, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Bills to Boost Online Safety, Protect Residents Against Financial Crimes and Increase Cybersecurity

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee, chaired by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), unanimously approved three bills aimed at boosting safety online.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Votes to Ensure Information is Available to Parents
September 19, 2023

Senate Education Committee Votes to Ensure Information is Available to Parents

A bill to help parents to see more of what their children are taught in schools was approved by the Senate Education Committee today, according to committee chairman Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Laughlin’s Public Transportation Modernization Bill Reported from Committee
September 19, 2023

Laughlin’s Public Transportation Modernization Bill Reported from Committee

The state Senate Transportation Committee reported to the full Senate legislation that would modernize the management of Pennsylvania’s public transportation systems, said bill sponsor, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

Senate committee approves Phillips-Hill’s bill to progress lobbying reform within state government
September 19, 2023

Senate committee approves Phillips-Hill’s bill to progress lobbying reform within state government

The Senate State Government Committee advanced significant legislation that would bring Pennsylvania up to the highest ethical standards, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

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September 19, 2023

Phillips-Hill’s measure to safeguard state’s information technology approved by committee

A measure to protect and improve Pennsylvania state government’s information technology (IT) received the unanimous support of the Senate Communications and Technology committee, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), who sponsored the bill.  [Read More]

Baker’s Bill Protecting Identities of PA Lottery Winners Passed by Senate
September 18, 2023

Baker’s Bill Protecting Identities of PA Lottery Winners Passed by Senate

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) protecting the identity of Pennsylvania Lottery prizewinners was passed unanimously by the Senate.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Bill Eliminating Regulation that Denies Patients Access to Information about Laboratory Services
September 18, 2023

Senate Approves Bill Eliminating Regulation that Denies Patients Access to Information about Laboratory Services

The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sens. Rosemary Brown (R-40), Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) and Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), that would eliminate regulations preventing patients from learning about diagnostic testing and services provided by local clinical laboratories.  [Read More]

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September 18, 2023

Senate Approves Bill to Limit Financial Burden on Private Individuals Helping to Protect Lake Erie’s Coastline Against Erosion

The state Senate has approved legislation seeking to limit the financial burden placed on private individuals helping to minimize coastal erosion on Lake Erie, said bill sponsor, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Approved in Senate Appropriations Committee
September 18, 2023

Argall Bill to Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Supporting Russian War Crimes Approved in Senate Appropriations Committee

A bill to prevent Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars from supporting companies with ties to the governments of Russia and Belarus was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today, according to the prime sponsor of the bill, Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Reduce Barriers for Teachers Moving to Pennsylvania Approved by Senate Appropriations Committee
September 18, 2023

Argall Bill to Reduce Barriers for Teachers Moving to Pennsylvania Approved by Senate Appropriations Committee

A bill sponsored by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, to make it easier for well-qualified teachers moving to Pennsylvania to get their required certification was approved with bipartisan support by the Senate Appropriations Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Voting Meeting
September 18, 2023

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Voting Meeting

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), will hold a voting meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m., in Room 8E-B, East Wing, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

Vogel, Hunger Caucus to Honor Hunger Action Month on Sept. 20
September 18, 2023

Vogel, Hunger Caucus to Honor Hunger Action Month on Sept. 20

To honor and recognize September 2023 as Hunger Action Month, Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), Rep. Emily Kinkead (D-20), co-chairs of the Hunger Caucus will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday, September 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Capitol Hunger Garden, located in between the Main Capitol Building and the Ryan Office Building, 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120.  [Read More]

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Published: September 15, 2023   |  News Conference: Tuesday, September 19

Brown Hosting Press Event with Smart Heart Sports Coalition and Advocates to Urge Adoption of Lifesaving Measures

Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) is hosting a press event on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. in the main rotunda of the Capitol, located at 501 N. Third Street in Harrisburg, to urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pass her lifesaving legislation.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Hearing Convened by Mastriano  Looks at Governor Shapiro’s Cell Phone Fee Hike Proposal
September 13, 2023

Senate Committee Hearing Convened by Mastriano Looks at Governor Shapiro’s Cell Phone Fee Hike Proposal

With time running down and lawmakers looking to reauthorize Pennsylvania’s 911 Law before it expires in January 2024, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), held a hearing Monday to consider changes to the law, including Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposal to increase the 911 fee by nearly 20%.  [Read More]

Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing About Innovation and Emerging Technology in Pennsylvania
Published: September 13, 2023   |  Event:

Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing About Innovation and Emerging Technology in Pennsylvania

The Senate Majority Policy Committee will be holding a public hearing about innovation and emerging technology in Pennsylvania on Friday, Sept. 15, starting at 9 a.m. at the Pittsburgh Technology Council Nova Place, 100 S Commons #172, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, according to Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49), chair of the committee.   [Read More]

Parents Share Dreams at Senate Education Committee Hearing
September 11, 2023

Parents Share Dreams at Senate Education Committee Hearing

Parents shared their hopes for more educational opportunities for their children during a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

Martin Responds to Positive News on Pennsylvania’s Financial Position
September 8, 2023

Martin Responds to Positive News on Pennsylvania’s Financial Position

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) issued the following statement today following the announcement that Moody’s Investor Services has affirmed Pennsylvania’s current Bond Rating and revised the state’s financial outlook from “Stable” to “Positive”:  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Student Opportunities for Success
September 8, 2023

Senate Education Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Student Opportunities for Success

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), will hold a public hearing on providing more education opportunities for students on Monday, September 11 at 1 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s University McNeil Science and Technology Center, 4308 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Hearing Monday to Focus on State 911 Law Reauthorization
September 8, 2023

Senate Committee Hearing Monday to Focus on State 911 Law Reauthorization

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), will hold a hearing Monday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m. in North Office Building Hearing Room 1, Harrisburg, to gather testimony related to the reauthorization of Pennsylvania’s 911 Law.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Ward Plan to Create Scholarships for Students Trapped in Low-performing Schools
August 30, 2023

Senate Approves Ward Plan to Create Scholarships for Students Trapped in Low-performing Schools

The state Senate today approved a bill including a proposal introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) that would enable students from low-income families currently trapped in underperforming schools to access a better education.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Critical Budget Implementation Bills
August 30, 2023

Senate Approves Critical Budget Implementation Bills

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Scott Martin (R-13) highlighted today’s advancement of legislation to further finalize portions of the state budget which require implementation language.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Measure to Release Information about Allentown Tax Incentive Program
August 30, 2023

Senate Approves Coleman Measure to Release Information about Allentown Tax Incentive Program

The state Senate today approved a measure proposed by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that would enable the commonwealth and its taxpayers to evaluate the effectiveness of a more-than $500 million state tax program targeting economic development investments in Allentown.  [Read More]

Senate State Government Committee Advances Bill to Move Up 2024 Primary Election
August 30, 2023

Senate State Government Committee Advances Bill to Move Up 2024 Primary Election

A bill to move up the date of Pennsylvania’s 2024 primary election by five weeks was approved by the Senate State Government Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the prime sponsor of the bill.  [Read More]

Regan Introduces Bill to Require Armed School Safety Personnel
August 29, 2023

Regan Introduces Bill to Require Armed School Safety Personnel

In an effort to protect Pennsylvania school students, teachers and staff, Sen. Mike Regan (R-31) today introduced legislation to require schools to employ armed security personnel during school hours.   [Read More]

Baker Bill Seeks to Improve School Bus Safety and Save Lives by Targeting Reckless Drivers
August 25, 2023

Baker Bill Seeks to Improve School Bus Safety and Save Lives by Targeting Reckless Drivers

With a new school year beginning, there is renewed focus on getting our children to and from school safe and sound. Despite clear laws aimed at protecting children entering or departing a school bus or using a crosswalk, there are increasing reports of motorists speeding through school zones and distracted and reckless drivers placing the safety of school bus passengers and drivers at risk. In response to this alarming trend, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) is working to increase penalties for those refusing to follow the law.   [Read More]

Senator Yaw to Testify Before PJM Board of Managers
August 22, 2023

Senator Yaw to Testify Before PJM Board of Managers

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, is among the testifiers scheduled to present comments before the PJM Board of Managers during their Critical Issue Fast Path (CIFP) – Resource Adequacy Stage 4 Meeting on Wednesday, August 23.  [Read More]

Langerholc: New CDL Skills Test Addresses School Bus Driver Shortage
August 17, 2023

Langerholc: New CDL Skills Test Addresses School Bus Driver Shortage

Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, released this statement following the announcement that a modernized commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test for a school bus endorsement will be implemented Aug. 28 at all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver license centers that offer CDL skills tests and at all third party CDL driving skill testers:  [Read More]

Coleman Bill Offers Measure of Compassion to Murder Victims’ Families
August 17, 2023

Coleman Bill Offers Measure of Compassion to Murder Victims’ Families

A murder victim’s loved ones should not learn about the person’s demise by reading about it in the newspaper or seeing it on a television newscast. That’s the sentiment behind a new bill introduced by state Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16).  [Read More]

Senators seek to improve collaboration, cooperation between co-equal branches of government
August 14, 2023

Senators seek to improve collaboration, cooperation between co-equal branches of government

Two state senators are teaming up to introduce a proposed constitutional amendment to clarify the Senate of Pennsylvania’s role to advise and consent to nominations made by the state’s chief executive.  [Read More]

2023 Federal Farm Bill at the Center of Discussion During Joint Senate and House Agriculture Committees’ Informational Meeting
August 10, 2023

2023 Federal Farm Bill at the Center of Discussion During Joint Senate and House Agriculture Committees’ Informational Meeting

In the midst of Penn State’s Ag Progress Days and with federal negotiations underway regarding the 2023 Farm Bill, members of the Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees joined for an informational meeting yesterday to discuss with stakeholders the potential impacts the impending legislation will have on Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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August 8, 2023

Ward, Collett Lead Hearing on Critical Roles of Children’s Advocacy Centers

The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by state Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Sen. Maria Collett (D-12), held a hearing today to gather information about the critical roles played by children’s advocacy centers across Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Baker’s Leadership Recognized by City and State Pennsylvania
August 7, 2023

Baker’s Leadership Recognized by City and State Pennsylvania

Since taking the oath of office as state senator in Jan. 2007, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) has concentrated on delivering results for the communities and residents of the 20th Senatorial District.  [Read More]

Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees to Host Informational Meeting on the Federal Farm Bill on Aug. 9
August 7, 2023

Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees to Host Informational Meeting on the Federal Farm Bill on Aug. 9

The Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will host a joint informational meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in the Red Barn Annex, 2710 W Pine Grove Rd. in Pennsylvania Furnace.  [Read More]

Ward to Host Senate Committee Hearing Tuesday  Highlighting Critical Roles of Children’s Advocacy Centers in PA
August 7, 2023

Ward to Host Senate Committee Hearing Tuesday Highlighting Critical Roles of Children’s Advocacy Centers in PA

State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30), as chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, will host on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. a hearing in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building, Harrisburg, to gather information and testimony about the critical roles played by children’s advocacy centers across Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Vogel, Roush: Penn State’s 47th Ag Progress Days Showcase What PA and Our Nation Offers to Our Agriculture Industry
August 4, 2023

Vogel, Roush: Penn State’s 47th Ag Progress Days Showcase What PA and Our Nation Offers to Our Agriculture Industry

Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Rick Roush, dean of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, share their perspectives on the importance of Penn State University’s (PSU) upcoming Ag Progress Days and how this event showcases Pennsylvania as well as our country’s position within the agriculture industry.  [Read More]

Senate Returns to Session to Send Budget Bill to Governor’s Desk
August 3, 2023

Senate Returns to Session to Send Budget Bill to Governor’s Desk

To prevent disruptions to the many critical services Pennsylvanians rely on every day, the Senate reconvened on Thursday to send the 2023-24 General Appropriations Bill to Governor Shapiro for enactment into law, according to Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13), who held a media availability at the conclusion of session.  [Read More]

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Calls Senate Back to  Finalize the General Appropriations Budget
August 2, 2023

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Calls Senate Back to Finalize the General Appropriations Budget

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) issued the following statement regarding the 2023-2024 state budget and finalizing the General Appropriations Budget:  [Read More]

More Disabled Veterans Would Receive Property Tax Relief Under Pennycuick & Brown Legislation
August 2, 2023

More Disabled Veterans Would Receive Property Tax Relief Under Pennycuick & Brown Legislation

Senators Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) and Rosemary Brown (R-40) have teamed up to introduce legislation aimed at providing property tax relief to more disabled Pennsylvania veterans by allowing them to reduce the assessed value on their property in relation to their disability rating.  [Read More]

Senate Hearing Stresses Need for Western Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team
August 1, 2023

Senate Hearing Stresses Need for Western Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team

Western Pennsylvania needs its own top-tier urban search and rescue task force in Allegheny County. That was the major theme of a Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing Tuesday in Coraopolis Borough chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), which focused on legislation introduced by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) to address the problem.  [Read More]

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Provides Budget Update
July 28, 2023

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Provides Budget Update

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) issued the following statement regarding the 2023-24 state budget:  [Read More]

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Safeguard Seniors  from Caregiver Abuse and Neglect
July 28, 2023

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Safeguard Seniors from Caregiver Abuse and Neglect

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today introduced legislation to establish Pennsylvania’s first statewide registry of persons found to be substantiated perpetrators of abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation of senior citizens.  [Read More]

Student Opportunities for Success Examined by Senate Education Committee
July 25, 2023

Student Opportunities for Success Examined by Senate Education Committee

Parents and advocates said they need expanded learning opportunities during a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), who chairs the committee.  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Will Not Appeal Commonwealth Court Ruling on School Funding
July 24, 2023

Senate Republican Leaders Will Not Appeal Commonwealth Court Ruling on School Funding

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement today regarding the Commonwealth Court ruling on school funding:  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Applaud PASSHE Tuition Freeze
July 20, 2023

Senate Republican Leaders Applaud PASSHE Tuition Freeze

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) released the following statement today following the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors vote to freeze tuition for the 2023-24 academic year:  [Read More]

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July 20, 2023

Media Advisory: Public Hearing on Rural Hospital and Healthcare Sustainability

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on rural hospital and healthcare sustainability to explore the difficulties facing rural hospitals and health systems, with a particular focus on financial sustainability. Watch Live  [Read More]

Budget Response Letter Sent to House
July 11, 2023

Budget Response Letter Sent to House

HARRISBURG – Today, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) has sent a budget response letter to House Majority Leader Matt Bradford, regarding completion of the budget process and the implementation language needed for certain lines within the General Appropriations bill, House Bill 611.  [Read More]

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Protect Prime Farmland  from Solar Panel Overdevelopment
July 11, 2023

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Protect Prime Farmland from Solar Panel Overdevelopment

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today introduced legislation to prohibit large-scale solar project developments on prime Pennsylvania farmland.  [Read More]

Pittman Issues Statement on Budget Negotiations
July 6, 2023

Pittman Issues Statement on Budget Negotiations

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Shapiro’s press conference on the state budget:  [Read More]

Laughlin, Street Introduce Bipartisan Approach to Marijuana Legalization in PA
July 6, 2023

Laughlin, Street Introduce Bipartisan Approach to Marijuana Legalization in PA

HARRISBURG – Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Sharif Street (D-3) have introduced bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 846, to legalize adult use of marijuana in Pennsylvania. “Legalized adult use of marijuana is supported by an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians and this legislation accomplishes that while also ensuring safety and social equity,” said Laughlin. “With neighboring states […]  [Read More]

Shapiro Fails to Deliver on Promises
July 5, 2023

Shapiro Fails to Deliver on Promises

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) issued the following statement regarding the 2023-2024 state budget:  [Read More]

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June 30, 2023

Senate Approves State Budget that Holds the Line on Taxes, Funds Priorities

The state Senate approved a realistic 2023-24 budget for Pennsylvania that holds the line on taxes, promotes job growth, continues historic support for schools and sets aside money to prevent future tax hikes, said Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Chair Scott Martin (R-13).  [Read More]

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June 30, 2023

Senate Unanimously Approves Mastriano Legislation to Expand Fentanyl Testing

The Senate Wednesday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that could save lives by expanding fentanyl testing in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Landmark Scholarship Legislation
June 29, 2023

Senate Approves Landmark Scholarship Legislation

The state Senate today approved landmark legislation containing language sponsored by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) that would offer scholarships to students in the commonwealth’s lowest-performing schools so they can access better educational opportunities.  [Read More]

State Budget Must Support Educational Opportunities for Every Child
June 29, 2023

State Budget Must Support Educational Opportunities for Every Child

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) emphasized their ongoing commitment to ensuring educational opportunities for all children in Pennsylvania are realized in the 2023-2024 state budget:  [Read More]

PA Senate Unanimously Approves Landmark Legislation to Protect Sexually Exploited Children, Human Trafficking Victims
June 29, 2023

PA Senate Unanimously Approves Landmark Legislation to Protect Sexually Exploited Children, Human Trafficking Victims

Sens. Cris Dush (R-25), Maria Collett (D-12) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) expressed gratitude to their Senate colleagues today for unanimously advancing their shared legislation to ensure that sexually exploited children who are human trafficking victims always have full access to appropriate services and support.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Doorless Driving Bill Approved by House Transportation Committee
June 29, 2023

Robinson’s Doorless Driving Bill Approved by House Transportation Committee

The House Transportation Committee unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) allowing doorless driving for vehicles such as Jeeps and Broncos in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Advances State Fire Commissioner Nomination and Two Measures
June 28, 2023

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Advances State Fire Commissioner Nomination and Two Measures

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), advanced Monday the nomination of Acting State Fire Commissioner Tom Cook to the full Senate.  [Read More]

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June 28, 2023

Robinson Bill for Use of Recycled Materials in Stuffed Toys Passes Senate

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation today sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) that would allow the use of recycled materials in stuffed toys.  [Read More]

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June 28, 2023

Senate Approves Martin’s Universal FAFSA Completion Bill

Pennsylvania families could make informed decisions about pursuing college and job training programs under a bill approved by the Senate today.  [Read More]

Gebhard’s Bill Offering Residential Hunting Licenses to Out-of-State College Students Passes Senate
June 28, 2023

Gebhard’s Bill Offering Residential Hunting Licenses to Out-of-State College Students Passes Senate

The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) to include full-time out-of-state college students in Pennsylvania’s great hunting and fur-taking traditions while also experiencing the wonderful outdoors.  [Read More]

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June 27, 2023

Senate Approves Pennycuick Bill to Ensure Educational Opportunities for Children of National Guard and Reserve Members

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to reduce the educational challenges faced by children of National Guard and Reserve members was unanimously approved today by the Senate.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Pennycuick Bill to Ensure Educational Opportunities for Children of National Guard and Reserve Members
June 27, 2023

Senate Approves Pennycuick Bill to Ensure Educational Opportunities for Children of National Guard and Reserve Members

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to reduce the educational challenges faced by children of National Guard and Reserve members was unanimously approved today by the Senate.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Free Child ID Kits for Parents
June 27, 2023

Senate Approves Free Child ID Kits for Parents

Parents and law enforcement would have a new tool to help identify and return missing children under a bill approved by the Senate today.  [Read More]

Senate approves Phillips-Hill’s legislation granting EMS providers the authority to leave life-saving drug
June 27, 2023

Senate approves Phillips-Hill’s legislation granting EMS providers the authority to leave life-saving drug

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved legislation that would allow Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers to leave life-saving drug with caregivers, according to the bill’s sponsor Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

Resolution Urging Federal Government to Restore American Dream Ideals Approved by Committee
June 27, 2023

Resolution Urging Federal Government to Restore American Dream Ideals Approved by Committee

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today approved a resolution sponsored by Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) that calls upon the Biden administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to immediately rescind its policy that directly taxes middle-class Pennsylvania families.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Enact Harsher Penalties  on Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths
June 27, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Enact Harsher Penalties on Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths

Drug dealers who sell drugs that lead to the poisoning death of a victim should face harsher penalties. That’s the sentiment behind a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that was approved Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  [Read More]

Baker, Haywood Issue Joint Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Guardianship Laws
June 27, 2023

Baker, Haywood Issue Joint Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Guardianship Laws

Sens. Lisa Baker (R-20) and Art Haywood (D-4) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 506, legislation to strengthen guardianship laws in Pennsylvania by requiring courts to automatically appoint counsel to individuals undergoing the guardianship process, consider other less restrictive alternatives before imposing a guardianship, and instituting training and screening of professional guardians. The bill would also establish a more robust review process for those currently in a guardianship and requires the court to establish procedures to prevent individuals from staying in the system if their incapacity or circumstances change.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Remove Barriers for Teachers, Military Families Moving to Pennsylvania
June 27, 2023

Senate Education Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Remove Barriers for Teachers, Military Families Moving to Pennsylvania

The Senate Education Committee advanced a bill sponsored by committee chairman Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) today to remove barriers to acquiring certification for qualified teachers moving to Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Brooks Bill to Provide Care for Medically Fragile Babies Passes Senate
June 26, 2023

Brooks Bill to Provide Care for Medically Fragile Babies Passes Senate

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) that would provide critical care for medically fragile babies by granting them access to pasteurized human donor milk.  [Read More]

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June 26, 2023

Senate Passes Robinson’s Bill Authorizing Body Cameras for Parole Agents

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) that would authorize state parole agents to wear body cameras was approved today by the Senate.  [Read More]

Brown’s Legislation for Lifesaving AEDs Passes Education Committee, Heads to Full Senate
June 26, 2023

Brown’s Legislation for Lifesaving AEDs Passes Education Committee, Heads to Full Senate

Sen. Rosemary Brown’s (R-40) bill requiring schools to have an automatic external defibrillator (AED) present at all schools and athletic events was approved unanimously this week by the Senate Education Committee.  [Read More]

Chairman Dush, Senate State Government Committee Vote to Confirm Al Schmidt as Secretary of the Commonwealth
June 26, 2023

Chairman Dush, Senate State Government Committee Vote to Confirm Al Schmidt as Secretary of the Commonwealth

Fulfilling the constitutional responsibility of fully vetting executive branch nominees, today, Chairman Cris Dush (R-25) and members of the PA Senate State Government Committee voted by a near unanimous, bipartisan margin of 10-1 to confirm Al Schmidt as Secretary of the Commonwealth.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Negrin Nomination
June 26, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Negrin Nomination

Today the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to approve Richard Negrin, Governor Josh Shapiro’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to committee chairman, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill: PA to receive more than $1 billion to close digital divide
June 26, 2023

Phillips-Hill: PA to receive more than $1 billion to close digital divide

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is set to receive $1.16 billion in funding from the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment Program, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

Pennycuick Urges Schools to Join New Purple Star School Program to Support Military-Connected Children
June 26, 2023

Pennycuick Urges Schools to Join New Purple Star School Program to Support Military-Connected Children

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) is urging area school districts to take part in the state’s new Purple Star School program to support military-connected children as they relocate to new schools due to a parent’s change in duty station.  [Read More]

Rothman: Faulty Launch of Online Antlerless Deer License Sales is “Unacceptable”
June 26, 2023

Rothman: Faulty Launch of Online Antlerless Deer License Sales is “Unacceptable”

Senate Game and Fisheries Committee Chair Greg Rothman (R-34) issued the following statement on today’s faulty launch of online antlerless deer license sales in Pennsylvania:  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Gives Favorable Recommendation to Acting Sec. of Education Khalid Mumin
June 26, 2023

Senate Education Committee Gives Favorable Recommendation to Acting Sec. of Education Khalid Mumin

The Senate Education Committee held a confirmation hearing for the Acting Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, today, reporting his nomination to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation by a vote of 9-2, according to committee chairman Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]