News Releases

Oct

23

2020

October 23, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement after the state Supreme Court decision based on PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s interpretation that signatures required on mail-in ballots are meaningless.   [Read More]

Oct

22

2020

October 22, 2020

After Governor Wolf announced he will provide token assistance to the state’s struggling restaurants and taverns, Senator Pat Stefano (R-32), chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and third-generation business owner, issued the following statement:   [Read More]

Oct

22

2020

October 22, 2020

This week, the Senate passed a number of bills to support Pennsylvania’s Veteran population, according to Senator Mike Regan, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.   [Read More]

Oct

22

2020

October 22, 2020

This week, the Senate passed a package of bills supporting Fire & EMS personnel, according to Senator Mike Regan, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.   [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

Today, the Senate passed legislation that would create commendation medals for members of the law enforcement community, according to Senator Mike Regan, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.     [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33), State Senator Kim Ward (R-39) and Senator John DiSanto (R-15) to strengthen the state “Steer Clear Law” and better protect tow truck drivers, law enforcement and other first responders is set for enactment following unanimous passage by the General Assembly.   [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

First responders will know of any confirmed COVID-19 cases at addresses  to which they are called for emergencies, under legislation sponsored by Senator Kim Ward (R-39) and headed to the governor for enactment.   [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

Legislation creates a state housing tax credit program to encourage private investment Senate Bill 30, authored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester and Delaware), promoting new construction and the rehabilitation of blighted buildings for affordable housing is headed to the governor’s desk after being approved by the General Assembly today. “Affordable housing is in short supply […]   [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

Critical members of volunteer fire companies, ambulance corps and rescue squads who are injured in the line of duty would qualify for workers’ compensation coverage under a bill approved by the Senate today and sent to the governor, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Scott Martin (R-13) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28).    [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

The Senate approved a key criminal justice reform bill today that would allow more Pennsylvanians to have criminal records expunged if certain conditions are met, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), who supported the bill.   Listen   [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

Legislation that would protect young victims of sexual assault against the possibility of having to attend school with their attackers received final legislative approval today and was sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Scott Martin (R-13).   [Read More]

Oct

21

2020

October 21, 2020

A bill that would help community-based health centers better meet the needs of patients in underserved areas is now on its way to the governor to be signed into law, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).   [Read More]

Oct

20

2020

October 20, 2020

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 1199, legislation to assist businesses, health systems, and consumers in deploying innovative technological tools and resources to more effectively cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing basic rules for the operation of Personal Delivery Devices (PDDs) in the Commonwealth, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36). Listen   [Read More]

Oct

20

2020

October 20, 2020

Legislation introduced by State Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) to equip municipalities with a better enforcement mechanism to crack down on abandoned and dilapidated properties was approved unanimously by the Senate today with House amendments and is now on its way to the Governor’s desk.   [Read More]

Oct

20

2020

October 20, 2020

Today during Senate Session in Harrisburg, The Pennsylvania Senate honored Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) for almost two decades of service to his district and the Commonwealth.   [Read More]

Oct

20

2020

October 20, 2020

Yesterday, the Senate approved Senator Bob Mensch (R-24)'s legislation to ensure safe visitation and enhanced care for residents of long-term care facilities.   [Read More]

Oct

19

2020

October 19, 2020

A measure introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49) to help Pennsylvania’s farmers by updating state law regarding multipurpose agriculture vehicles (MAV) is headed to the Governor’s desk following today’s approval by the House of Representatives.   [Read More]

Oct

14

2020

October 14, 2020

Speaking at a press conference in Erie today (October 14), Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) discussed the need for the proposed Family Care Act and its potential benefits for working Pennsylvanians who have a disability and/or have a family member with a disability.     [Read More]

Oct

08

2020

October 08, 2020

State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) was joined by fellow lawmakers in Gettysburg to unveil legislation protecting Pennsylvania monuments from vandalism and desecration.   [Read More]

Oct

07

2020

October 07, 2020

The Senate approved a bill this week that would allow temporary nurse aides hired during the COVID-19 emergency declaration to receive certification to continue working in the field.   [Read More]

Oct

06

2020

October 06, 2020

Legislation sponsored  by Senator Kim Ward (R-39) to require offenders convicted of any sex trafficking-related offenses to register under Megan’s Law was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.   [Read More]

Oct

06

2020

October 06, 2020

The Senate approved comprehensive legislation today that would strengthen, secure and consolidate information technology (IT) across state agencies in order to modernize and streamline operations. Listen   [Read More]

Oct

06

2020

October 06, 2020

The Senate approved a bill today by a bipartisan vote of 45-5 to address the question of Pottsville’s vacant Giant supermarket, according to Senator David G. Argall, the prime sponsor of the bill.  This comes after two Schuylkill County Commissioners disregarded community input and voted to authorize the county to begin the process of purchasing the property.   [Read More]

Oct

06

2020

October 06, 2020

“Today, the Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously approved my legislation aimed at enhancing penalties for those charged with possession of child pornography and establishing a task force to continuously address child pornography moving forward,” said Senator David J. Arnold (R-48).   [Read More]

Oct

06

2020

October 06, 2020

Today the Senate unanimously approved legislation authored by Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) to ensure children born in Pennsylvania are comprehensively screened for all recommended disorders so that newborns may receive prompt treatment and prevent instances of permanent disability or even death.   [Read More]