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Mastriano and Gebhard Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Election Security with Constitutional Amendments
February 2, 2023

Mastriano and Gebhard Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Election Security with Constitutional Amendments

Sens. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and Chris Gebhard (R-48) today introduced legislation, Senate Bill 292, that would enable voters to decide through a ballot referendum if the state Constitution should be amended to include several new election security reforms.  [Read More]

Vogel, Kinkead to co-chair bipartisan, bicameral Hunger Caucus
February 2, 2023

Vogel, Kinkead to co-chair bipartisan, bicameral Hunger Caucus

State Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr., R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, announced today that he will once again serve as co-chair of the Legislative Hunger Caucus and will be joined by Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, as the House co-chair for the 2023-2024 Legislative Session.  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Congratulate Culver Following Special Election Victory Tuesday
February 1, 2023

Senate Republican Leaders Congratulate Culver Following Special Election Victory Tuesday

Sen. President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Sen. Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) today congratulated current state representative and incoming state Sen.-elect Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27), who won a special election on Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by the departure of former Sen. John Gordner.  [Read More]

Treasurer Garrity, Senator Yaw and Center for Rural Pennsylvania Announce Findings of PA 529 Report
January 31, 2023

Treasurer Garrity, Senator Yaw and Center for Rural Pennsylvania Announce Findings of PA 529 Report

Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity, Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Center for Rural Pennsylvania Vice Chairman Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-121), and Center for Rural Pennsylvania Executive Director Dr. Kyle C. Kopko today announced the findings of a study analyzing the differences in how residents of rural counties use and benefit from the PA 529 College & Career Savings Program compared to residents of urban counties.  [Read More]

Bartolotta, Martin Renew Efforts to Enact Child Reunification Legislation
January 26, 2023

Bartolotta, Martin Renew Efforts to Enact Child Reunification Legislation

State Sens. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) renewed legislative efforts today to help provide a new tool to reunify lost children with their parents.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill to Preserve Safety by Recruiting Firefighters
January 18, 2023

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill to Preserve Safety by Recruiting Firefighters

To help address the serious shortage of firefighters that threatens the safety of all Pennsylvanians, the Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) that would create a pilot program for community colleges and universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to give interested high school students training in firefighting.  [Read More]

 
January 18, 2023

Mastriano Military Medal Legislation Unanimously Passed by Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 141, sponsored by Sen. Doug Mastrian (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.   [Read More]

**MEDIA ADVISORY** Majority Policy Committee Hearing on Energy Access and Affordability
January 18, 2023

**MEDIA ADVISORY** Majority Policy Committee Hearing on Energy Access and Affordability

Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49), chair of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, announced his committee will be holding a public hearing about energy access and affordability on Friday, Jan. 20, starting at 10 a.m. at Boilermakers Local 154, located at 1221 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.  [Read More]

Langerholc’s Agriculture Home Delivery Bill Passes Senate
January 18, 2023

Langerholc’s Agriculture Home Delivery Bill Passes Senate

The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, that will enable farmers who have a farm vehicle registration plate to deliver milk and other agricultural products to residents’ homes or businesses.  [Read More]

 
January 18, 2023

Senate approves bipartisan bill to strengthen First Amendment rights for teachers

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved a measure to eliminate a section from the state’s Education Code that prohibits a teacher from wearing any dress, mark, emblem, or insignia indicative of his or her faith or denomination, according to the measure’s sponsors, Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks).  [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Issue Statement on Inauguration
January 17, 2023

Senate Republican Leaders Issue Statement on Inauguration

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement  [Read More]

Senate Approves Bill to Eliminate Gas Tax Increase, Help Pennsylvanians at the Pump
January 13, 2023

Senate Approves Bill to Eliminate Gas Tax Increase, Help Pennsylvanians at the Pump

Taking significant action to protect Pennsylvanians’ wallets, the Senate today approved a bill to stop the automatic gas tax increase for 2023, according to Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41).  [Read More]

 
January 11, 2023

Senate Passes Langerholc Measure to Cut the Gas Tax

The Senate of Pennsylvania passed legislation today sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, to stop the automatic gas tax increase implemented by Act 89 of 2013.  [Read More]

Senate Sends Constitutional Amendments to the House
January 11, 2023

Senate Sends Constitutional Amendments to the House

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of Senate Bill 1:  [Read More]

Mastriano and Senate Committee Pass Legislation to help Veterans
January 11, 2023

Mastriano and Senate Committee Pass Legislation to help Veterans

In the first meeting of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee since Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) was appointed to serve as chairman, he and other members of the committee voted on Tuesday to advance two bills to benefit veterans and recognize strategic allies abroad.   [Read More]

Sen. Coleman’s Senate Resolutions Honors Fallen Firefighters Zachary Paris and Marvin Gruber
January 10, 2023

Sen. Coleman’s Senate Resolutions Honors Fallen Firefighters Zachary Paris and Marvin Gruber

The Senate today adopted two resolutions sponsored by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) honoring fallen New Tripoli firefighters Zachary Paris and Marvin Gruber.  [Read More]

Senate Rules & Executive Nominations Committee Advances Senate Bill 1
January 10, 2023

Senate Rules & Executive Nominations Committee Advances Senate Bill 1

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 1:  [Read More]

Regan Calls on Liquor Board Chairman to Halt 4% Price Increase at Wednesday’s Meeting
January 10, 2023

Regan Calls on Liquor Board Chairman to Halt 4% Price Increase at Wednesday’s Meeting

State Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Mike Regan (R-31, Cumberland and York counties) today sent a letter to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Chairman Tim Holden calling on him to refrain at a meeting on Wednesday from pushing through a last-minute, surprise 4% price increase on more than 3,000 popular wine and spirits products in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Protect the First Amendment, Recruit Firefighters
January 10, 2023

Senate Education Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Protect the First Amendment, Recruit Firefighters

The Senate Education Committee met for its first voting meeting of the 2023-24 legislative session today, approving two bills unanimously, according to its new chairman, Senator Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Aument Bill to Limit Excessive Power of PA Governor Advances
January 9, 2023

Aument Bill to Limit Excessive Power of PA Governor Advances

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) to restore the balance of power in state government was amended into Senate Bill 1, an omnibus constitutional amendment package, and passed by the Senate State Government Committee today. “My proposal would amend our constitution to ensure that Pennsylvanians have a say in how their government […]  [Read More]

Senate Transportation Committee Passes Legislation to Cut the Gas Tax
January 9, 2023

Senate Transportation Committee Passes Legislation to Cut the Gas Tax

Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, convened the first voting meeting of the 2023-24 Legislative Session with legislation that reforms the gas tax, supports Pennsylvania’s farmers and honors our hometown heroes.  [Read More]

Ward Announces Senate Standing Committee Chairs and  Republican Committee Members for 2023-2024 Legislative Session
January 6, 2023

Ward Announces Senate Standing Committee Chairs and Republican Committee Members for 2023-2024 Legislative Session

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) today announced the Republican Chairs and Republican members for each of the 22 Senate standing committees for the 2023-2024 legislative session.  [Read More]

Senate Leaders Respond to Governor Wolf’s Call for Special Session
January 6, 2023

Senate Leaders Respond to Governor Wolf’s Call for Special Session

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement:  [Read More]

Langerholc Renews Call for Vehicle Emissions Reform
January 5, 2023

Langerholc Renews Call for Vehicle Emissions Reform

With the start of a new two-year legislative session on Jan. 3, Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) once again plans to continue his fight against Pennsylvania’s nonsensical and outdated emissions program. Langerholc has circulated a memorandum to remove Cambria County from vehicle emissions testing.  [Read More]

Mastriano to Reintroduce the Medical Freedom Act
January 4, 2023

Mastriano to Reintroduce the Medical Freedom Act

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today announced he will soon reintroduce legislation to outlaw all current and future misguided COVID-19 vaccination mandates in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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