News Releases

May

24

2022

May 24, 2022

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) that would create jobs for Pennsylvanians by increasing the current level of state assistance for the Film Tax Credit program from $70 million to $125 million.  [Read More]

May

24

2022

May 24, 2022

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Chris Gebhard (R-48) and Devlin Robinson (R-37) to improve enforcement of the construction industry’s use of the federal E-Verify system was voted out of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today.  [Read More]

May

23

2022

May 23, 2022

The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously advanced a measure today that closes a loophole that made many senior citizens ineligible for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

May

23

2022

May 23, 2022

Sen. Pat Stefano’s (R-32) legislation to cut bureaucratic red tape by reducing the paperwork required by the Steel Products Procurement Act received unanimous support from the Senate today.  [Read More]

May

23

2022

May 23, 2022

In response to the impact Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage has on students, Sens. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) sponsored legislation to simplify the process for out-of-state teachers to obtain certification in the commonwealth. It received unanimous support from the House Education Committee today.  [Read More]

May

23

2022

May 23, 2022

The Sens. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Anthony Williams (D-8) today introduced the Juvenile Justice Policy Act, which aims to reduce Pennsylvania’s reliance on out-of-home placements for relatively low-level offenses and establish consistency across the state when courts divert youth cases.  [Read More]

May

18

2022

May 18, 2022

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania today granted a preliminary injunction which stops Gov. Tom Wolf’s Major Bridge P3 Initiative until further court action occurs.  [Read More]

May

16

2022

May 16, 2022

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw, will hold a public hearing on Friday, May 20 at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro beginning at 9 a.m. to learn more about broadband development in rural Pennsylvania. The hearing will also be held via Zoom. Watch Live   [Read More]

May

10

2022

May 10, 2022

As more countries move toward accepting Bitcoin as legal tender, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) today announced plans to create a task force including the state treasurer, representatives of the state’s major public employee pension funds and other financial and policy experts to study how federal policy changes relating to digital currency could benefit Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

May

05

2022

May 05, 2022

Senator Doug Mastriano (PA-33) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (PA-21) have officially introduced legislation to stabilize energy costs for Pennsylvanians, protect against market volatility in the long term, and utilize Pennsylvania’s unique natural resources to finally cement the commonwealth as a premier energy powerhouse.  [Read More]

May

02

2022

May 02, 2022

The Senate Majority Policy Committee today held the second in a series of hearings on crime and public safety, gathering at the East Hempfield Township Building in Lancaster County to get input from local police chiefs, prosecutors, human trafficking victim advocates, and key community groups.  [Read More]

Apr

29

2022

April 29, 2022

Senator Doug Mastriano (PA-33) announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation to strengthen enforcement of election laws to ensure secure and accurate elections in the future.  [Read More]

Apr

28

2022

April 28, 2022

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) issued the following statement today regarding the unnecessary and expensive obstruction of the Senate’s election investigation by Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Senate Democrats:  [Read More]

Apr

25

2022

April 25, 2022

With National Crime Victims’ Rights Week as the backdrop, the Senate Majority Policy Committee today kicked off a series of hearings on crime and public safety, gathering at the Cambria County Courthouse to get input from police, prosecutors, judges, and key community groups.   [Read More]

Apr

20

2022

April 20, 2022

State Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) issued the following statement on 420 Day: “On April 20, or 420 Day, cannabis users around the globe celebrate marijuana use and rally for efforts to legalize adult use where it is prohibited.  [Read More]

Apr

14

2022

April 14, 2022

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) issued the following statement today in reaction to Philadelphia becoming the first major city in the U.S. to reinstate an indoor mask mandate:  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) issued the following statement today after passage of two bills to help restore integrity of Pennsylvania’s elections:  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

In a strong step forward to safeguard the integrity of Pennsylvania’s elections, the Senate approved two bills today that would prevent the future use of unsecured ballot drop boxes and ban private money to fund election operations.  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

Today the Senate gave its bipartisan approval of legislation authored by Senators John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) and Sharif Street (Philadelphia) to afford state-legal cannabis businesses better access to banking and insurance services.  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved two bills today authored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-13) that expand career training opportunities for cosmetology and barber students.  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee today approved legislation authored by Senator Martin (R-13) that would give educational credits to dentists who volunteer at free clinics and charity events.  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) has circulated a co-sponsorship memo to establish the Pennsylvania Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide Act.  [Read More]

Apr

13

2022

April 13, 2022

Senate Bill 749 sponsored by Senator Mensch passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee yesterday.  [Read More]

Apr

12

2022

April 12, 2022

The state Senate approved a proposal today that would establish decommissioning and financial requirements for solar generation projects and offer better protections for landowners, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) said.  [Read More]

Apr

12

2022

April 12, 2022

The Senate has voted to approve a package of bills aiding crime victims with one of those bills, Senate Bill 1172, seeking to improve access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, said Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47), prime sponsor of that legislation.  [Read More]