News Releases

Jun

17

2021

June 17, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement today regarding the hospitalization of former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge:  [Read More]

Jun

16

2021

June 16, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of House Bill 1154.  [Read More]

Jun

16

2021

June 16, 2021

The Senate today passed legislation to statutorily implement allowances provided to the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to expanding consumer access to spirit-based Ready-to-Drink cocktails, according Senator Mike Regan. Listen  [Read More]

Jun

16

2021

June 16, 2021

The Senate today (June 16) approved a House Bill that will ease the bureaucratic burdens that currently make it difficult for small communities to hold festivals, parades, and other events on PENNDOT maintained roadways, according to Senator Scott Hutchinson, who introduced a companion bill.  [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Senator Elder Vogel, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, today (June 15) discussed Senate Resolution 141, his legislation marking June 2021 as “Dairy Month” in Pennsylvania. Listen   [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

The Senate today (June 15) approved a bill introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49) to improve safety in state-regulated daycare facilities, a measure he introduced in response to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of five young children in Erie on August 11, 2019.  [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

The House Consumer Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would address major challenges with expanding access to high-speed internet in unserved and underserved areas in the Commonwealth. Listen  [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

The Senate today unanimously approved legislation that would extend the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act to several law enforcement entities not currently included in the law, according to Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York), prime sponsor of the bill and Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.   [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

A bill that clarifies when deaths from a contagious disease must be reported to county coroners – including COVID-19 deaths – sponsored by Senator Judy Ward (R-30) was approved today by the state Senate Local Government Committee.   [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

Senate Bill 445, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives today (June 15). This legislation would give individuals renewing either their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.   [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

plan supported by state Senator Judy Ward (R-30) that will allow voters to decide if the Pennsylvania Constitution should be amended to require identification each time a voter casts a ballot was approved today by the Senate State Government Committee. LISTEN:  [Read More]

Jun

15

2021

June 15, 2021

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) clarifying that employers may recoup medical expenses paid to an employee for a workplace injury when a settlement or award of damages is obtained against a third party for the same injury. Listen  [Read More]

Jun

14

2021

June 14, 2021

The Senate today (June 14) approved, by a solid 35-15 bipartisan, veto-proof vote, a bill introduced by Senator Joe Pittman (R-41) that would require Legislative approval of the Governor’s proposal to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   [Read More]

Jun

14

2021

June 14, 2021

The bipartisan Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform released a report today detailing its findings and recommendations to strengthen Pennsylvania’s election system.   [Read More]

Jun

14

2021

June 14, 2021

The House Health Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) and Judy Ward (R-30) that would ban the state – as well as any county, local municipality, school district and publicly-funded university – from requiring a proof of vaccination.  [Read More]

Jun

10

2021

June 10, 2021

The Senate voted today to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster emergency and preserve critical waivers for measures like telemedicine and health care staffing, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland).  [Read More]

Jun

09

2021

June 09, 2021

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved legislation today that would prohibit the state, as well as counties, municipalities, school districts and colleges that are subsidized by state taxpayers from requiring proof of vaccination, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) and Judy Ward (R-30). AUDIO (Phillips-Hill)  [Read More]

Jun

09

2021

June 09, 2021

Senator Chris Gebhard today took the oath of office to begin his first term in the Senate serving the 48th District. The current term will conclude in December of 2022.   [Read More]

Jun

09

2021

June 09, 2021

In honoring the 2020-21 Pennsylvania state Champion Girls Wrestlers, Senator Scott Martin (R-13) and Rep. Ann Flood (R-138) highlighted the growth of girls wrestling in Pennsylvania and the movement of making it a PIAA-sanctioned sport.   [Read More]

Jun

09

2021

June 09, 2021

Legislation authored by Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Elder Vogel (R-47) that would expand property tax relief for Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans was unanimously approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.   [Read More]

Jun

08

2021

June 08, 2021

Pennsylvania Senator Scott Martin (R-13) was joined by Pennsylvania Rep. Ann Flood (R-138) Olympic Gold Medal winner and World Champion Wrestler Bruce Baumgartner, supporters of girls wrestling and the State & National Champions at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, to highlight the growth of girls wrestling in Pennsylvania and the movement of making it a PIAA sanctioned sport.   [Read More]

Jun

08

2021

June 08, 2021

An amendment by Senator Judy Ward (R-30) would prohibit the state Secretary of Health from unilaterally using laws such as the Disease Prevention and Control Act to limit Pennsylvanians.  [Read More]

Jun

08

2021

June 08, 2021

Legislation to provide employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with critical assistance, sponsored by Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Judy Ward (R-30), was passed by the Senate Finance Committee today.   [Read More]

Jun

08

2021

June 08, 2021

The Senate approved a resolution this week sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) honoring cancer survivors by designating June 2021 as Cancer Survivors Recognition Month. AUDIO  [Read More]

Jun

08

2021

June 08, 2021

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee today (June 8) unanimously approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman to help physician assistants work and practice with increased efficiency in Pennsylvania. Listen  [Read More]