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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Stefano Bill to Adjust Outdated Diesel Oil Requirement Now Law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Stefano Bill to Adjust Outdated Diesel Oil Requirement Now Law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 Pat Stefano (R-32) to adjust the outdated requirement for a qualified mechanic to perform an oil change every 100 hours on all diesel-powered equipment used by mining companies was signed into law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 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
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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]

Argall Bill to Prevent Pennsylvania Taxpayer Dollars from Supporting Russian War Criminals Approved in Committee
June 26, 2023

Argall Bill to Prevent Pennsylvania Taxpayer Dollars from Supporting Russian War Criminals Approved in Committee

A bill introduced by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) to prevent Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars from being used by companies who do business with Russia or Belarus was approved with unanimous support by the Senate State Government Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting for Monday, June 26
June 23, 2023

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting for Monday, June 26

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will convene on Monday, June 26 at 12:00 p.m., according to Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23). The committee will consider the nomination of Richard Negrin as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as well as the following bills and resolutions:  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Baker, Bartolotta and Williams Bill to Reform PA’s Probation System
June 23, 2023

Senate Committee Passes Baker, Bartolotta and Williams Bill to Reform PA’s Probation System

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation sponsored by Sens. Lisa Baker (R-20), Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Anthony Williams (D-8) that would reform Pennsylvania’s probation system to give people a better pathway out of the criminal justice system.  [Read More]

Senate Action Paves the Way for New Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care
June 22, 2023

Senate Action Paves the Way for New Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care

A new task force dedicated to the health of women veterans in Pennsylvania will be created following unanimous Senate approval of a measure sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Sen. Frank Farry (R-6), and Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18).  [Read More]

Brown’s Legislation to Prevent Distracted Driving Deaths Passes Senate
June 22, 2023

Brown’s Legislation to Prevent Distracted Driving Deaths Passes Senate

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

PA Senate Passes Vogel Bill to Expand Access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in the Commonwealth
June 22, 2023

PA Senate Passes Vogel Bill to Expand Access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in the Commonwealth

Seeking to improve the availability of critical care to sexual assault victims, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) Senate Bill 414 by a vote of 50-0.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Bartolotta Bills Improving Permit Appeals Process
June 22, 2023

Senate Passes Bartolotta Bills Improving Permit Appeals Process

The Senate passed two bills sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to improve the permit appeals process.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Fentanyl Testing
June 21, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Fentanyl Testing

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that could save lives by expanding fentanyl testing in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Langerholc Bills to Provide Emissions Test Relief
June 21, 2023

Senate Passes Langerholc Bills to Provide Emissions Test Relief

The Senate today approved two measures sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to provide area motorists with relief from outdated and unnecessary emissions testing.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Manufacturing Bill Prioritizing Job Opportunities Approved by Senate
June 21, 2023

Robinson’s Manufacturing Bill Prioritizing Job Opportunities Approved by Senate

The Senate has approved legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry opportunities through collaboration and innovation, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Rothman Bill to Simplify Government, Ensure Adequate Funding for Roads and Bridges
June 21, 2023

Senate Approves Rothman Bill to Simplify Government, Ensure Adequate Funding for Roads and Bridges

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by State Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) to replace Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Tax on electric vehicle owners with a flat fee.  [Read More]

Regan, Senate Committee Advance Bills to Reform Medical Marijuana Law and Enable Sale of Edibles
June 21, 2023

Regan, Senate Committee Advance Bills to Reform Medical Marijuana Law and Enable Sale of Edibles

The Senate Law and Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Regan (R-31) today approved six bills, including three to reform Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. One bill would enable the sale of edible medical marijuana in the commonwealth.  [Read More]

TOMORROW: Senate Judiciary Committee Holding Confirmation Hearing, Voting Meeting
June 21, 2023

TOMORROW: Senate Judiciary Committee Holding Confirmation Hearing, Voting Meeting

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), is holding a confirmation hearing and voting meeting tomorrow, June 22, at 10 a.m., in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

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June 21, 2023

Yaw: Senate ERE Committee Oks Framework for Carbon Capture Sequestration, Bill Directing EQB to Establish Spill Reporting Requirements

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today approved two bills addressing carbon capture sequestration and reporting requirements for accidental spills, according to Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23), sponsor of both measures.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Bill Authorizing Body Cameras for Parole Agents Approved by Committee
June 21, 2023

Robinson’s Bill Authorizing Body Cameras for Parole Agents Approved by Committee

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) that would authorize state parole agents to wear body cameras was approved unanimously today by the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee.  [Read More]

Sept. 11 Hero Watches as Senate Approves Mastriano Bill  Requiring Remembrance of 9/11 in Schools
June 20, 2023

Sept. 11 Hero Watches as Senate Approves Mastriano Bill Requiring Remembrance of 9/11 in Schools

With the former New York City policeman captured in an iconic Sept. 11 photograph standing in the balcony, the state Senate on Monday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would require Pennsylvania schools to observe a moment of silence commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attack on America.  [Read More]

Vogel’s Dog Law Modernization Bill Advances from PA Senate Chamber
June 20, 2023

Vogel’s Dog Law Modernization Bill Advances from PA Senate Chamber

In an effort to revitalize the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement (BDLE), Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) Dog Law Modernization Bill (Senate Bill 746) advanced from the Senate with bipartisan support by a vote of 43-7.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Coleman Bill Renaming State Road after Two Local Fallen Firefighters
June 20, 2023

Senate Approves Coleman Bill Renaming State Road after Two Local Fallen Firefighters

The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that would rename a portion of state Route 143 in Lynn Township in honor of two local firefighters who lost their lives in December 2022.  [Read More]

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting for Wednesday, June 21
June 20, 2023

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting for Wednesday, June 21

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will convene on Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. to consider the following bills:  [Read More]

Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing About Criminal Justice Statistics and Trends in Pennsylvania
June 20, 2023

Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing About Criminal Justice Statistics and Trends in Pennsylvania

The Senate Majority Policy Committee will be holding a public hearing about criminal justice statistics and trends in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 21, starting at 2 p.m. in Room 8E-B East Wing of the state Capitol, according to Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49), chair of the committee.   [Read More]

Mastriano and Senate Committee Approve Bill to Support Veteran Businesses
June 19, 2023

Mastriano and Senate Committee Approve Bill to Support Veteran Businesses

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), today approved three measures, including one aimed at helping veteran-owned businesses in the commonwealth.  [Read More]

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Published: June 19, 2023   |  News Conference: Thursday, June 22

Vogel Hosting Dairy Month Celebration Press Conference on June 22

Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), majority chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, will be hosting a press conference in celebration of National Dairy Month and in honor of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry on Thursday, June 22, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda (Pennsylvania Capitol Building, 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg).   [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Advances Bills to Require AEDs in Schools, Ensure More Students File Financial Aid Applications
June 19, 2023

Senate Education Committee Advances Bills to Require AEDs in Schools, Ensure More Students File Financial Aid Applications

The Senate Education Committee held a voting meeting today, advancing a bill to require automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in every Pennsylvania school and a bill to make the filing of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a requirement for high school graduation, according to committee chairman Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Senate Panel Approves Martin’s Universal FAFSA Completion Bill
June 19, 2023

Senate Panel 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 Education Committee today.  [Read More]

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June 19, 2023

Yaw Bill Seeks to Create Independent Energy Office in Pennsylvania

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today introduced legislation to establish an Independent Energy Office (IEO) within the Commonwealth.   [Read More]

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June 19, 2023

Bartolotta Bill Supporting Veteran-Owned Businesses Passes Senate Committee

To further support the men and women who served our country, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously passed legislation today sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) that would create a logo promoting Pennsylvania’s veteran-owned businesses.  [Read More]

Yaw Introduces Bill to Protect Power Grid
June 19, 2023

Yaw Introduces Bill to Protect Power Grid

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) recently announced the introduction of legislation to increase fines and penalties against those who intentionally vandalize or attack critical infrastructure in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Committee Approves Pennycuick, Farry, Boscola Bill Creating Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care
June 19, 2023

Committee Approves Pennycuick, Farry, Boscola Bill Creating Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care

Legislation aimed at providing care for the unique health needs of women veterans was unanimously approved by a Senate committee today, according to sponsors Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Sen. Frank Farry (R-6) and Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Ward and Collett Bill to Protect Prescription Coverage for Social Security Recipients
June 19, 2023

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

The state Senate 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]

Pennycuick and Dillon Bill Provides Victims of Data Breaches with Better Notification, Free Credit Reports and Monitoring
June 15, 2023

Pennycuick and Dillon Bill Provides Victims of Data Breaches with Better Notification, Free Credit Reports and Monitoring

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) and Sen. Jimmy Dillon (D-5) have introduced legislation to strengthen notification requirements for data breaches and provide affected citizens with free credit reports and monitoring for six months and one year, respectively.  [Read More]

Purple Star School Program Supporting Military Children Launches in Pennsylvania
June 14, 2023

Purple Star School Program Supporting Military Children Launches in Pennsylvania

Legislation sponsored last year by sponsored by Sens. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Devlin Robinson (R-37) establishing the Purple Star School Program in Pennsylvania launched today, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  [Read More]

Yaw Reintroduces Bill Creating Animal Welfare Board
June 12, 2023

Yaw Reintroduces Bill Creating Animal Welfare Board

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) recently announced the reintroduction of legislation to create an Animal Welfare Board in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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June 7, 2023

Senate OKs Yaw Bill Renaming State Agency

The state Senate today approved legislation to change the name of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and prime sponsor of the bill.  [Read More]

Rothman Bill Simplifies Government, Ensures Adequate Funding  for Roads and Bridges
June 7, 2023

Rothman Bill Simplifies Government, Ensures Adequate Funding for Roads and Bridges

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) to replace Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Tax on electric vehicle owners with a flat fee was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.  [Read More]

Committee Approves Langerholc Bill Connecting Individuals in Recovery to Occupations
June 7, 2023

Committee Approves Langerholc Bill Connecting Individuals in Recovery to Occupations

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) that would connect individuals in recovery with jobs was approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today.  [Read More]

Robinson Bill Expanding Use of Recycled Materials in Stuffed Toys Passes Committee
June 7, 2023

Robinson Bill Expanding Use of Recycled Materials in Stuffed Toys Passes Committee

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee passed bi-partisan legislation co-prime sponsored by Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37), John Kane (D-9) and Art Haywood (D-4) that would allow the use of recycled materials in stuffed toys.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Approves Coleman Bill Renaming State Road after Two Local Fallen Firefighters
June 7, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Coleman Bill Renaming State Road after Two Local Fallen Firefighters

The Senate Transportation Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that would rename a portion of state Route 143 in Lynn Township in honor of two local firefighters who lost their lives in December 2022.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Instill Tax Fairness
June 7, 2023

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Instill Tax Fairness

The Senate Finance Committee passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) that would reduce the tax burden faced by farmers and landowners who have leased their mineral rights, giving them the same tax benefits afforded to investors.  [Read More]

Senate Unanimously Approves Ward Bills to Add Court of Common Pleas Judge in Huntingdon County and Repeal Outdated Frozen Food Law
June 6, 2023

Senate Unanimously Approves Ward Bills to Add Court of Common Pleas Judge in Huntingdon County and Repeal Outdated Frozen Food Law

The state Senate today unanimously approved two bills introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) that would add an additional judge to the Court of Common Pleas in Huntingdon County and repeal an outdated state law regulating the frozen dessert industry in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Langerholc Bill Protecting Pennsylvanians from Unauthorized Tracking Devices Approved by Committee
June 6, 2023

Langerholc Bill Protecting Pennsylvanians from Unauthorized Tracking Devices Approved by Committee

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to protect Pennsylvanians from the unauthorized use of electronic tracking devices was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.   [Read More]

Treasurer Stacy Garrity, Senator John DiSanto Celebrate Senate’s Passage of Money Match Legislation
June 6, 2023

Treasurer Stacy Garrity, Senator John DiSanto Celebrate Senate’s Passage of Money Match Legislation

Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Sen. John DiSanto (Dauphin) today celebrated the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 24. The legislation, known as Pennsylvania Money Match, will automate the process of returning unclaimed property to rightful owners.  [Read More]

PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee to Hold Informational Briefing on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage
June 6, 2023

PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee to Hold Informational Briefing on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold an informational briefing on Wednesday, June 7 at 9:30 AM to discuss carbon capture, utilization, and storage according to Committee Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).  [Read More]

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bills on Guardianship Law, Porch Pirating, Electronic Tracking Devices
June 6, 2023

Baker: Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bills on Guardianship Law, Porch Pirating, Electronic Tracking Devices

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), held a voting meeting today to advance three bills strengthening guardianship law, addressing the increase of package thefts and protecting individuals from the unauthorized use of electronic tracking devices.  [Read More]

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June 6, 2023

Senate committee approves Phillips-Hill’s measure to protect student data, privacy

The Senate Education Committee approved the Student Data Privacy and Protection Act, according to the measure’s sponsor Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Upskill Adults for PA’s Workforce
June 6, 2023

Senate Committee Passes Bartolotta Bill to Upskill Adults for PA’s Workforce

The Senate Education Committee passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) that would create a grant program to meet the increased need to upskill working age adults for the post-COVID workforce.  [Read More]

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June 6, 2023

Committee 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 Education Committee.  [Read More]

Bills to Protect Student Information from Misuse Online, Support Adult Education Programs Advanced by Senate Education Committee
June 6, 2023

Bills to Protect Student Information from Misuse Online, Support Adult Education Programs Advanced by Senate Education Committee

The Senate Education Committee met today and advanced five bills with bipartisan support, according to committee chairman Sen. Dave Argall (R-29). Argall noted that today’s votes continued the work of the committee to improve Pennsylvania’s education system.  [Read More]

Martin, Yaw Resolution Designates June 4-10, 2023 as “Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania
June 5, 2023

Martin, Yaw Resolution Designates June 4-10, 2023 as “Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania

The week of June 4th through June 10th would be designated as “Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania under Senate Resolution 124, sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-13), Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC), and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), member of the CBC Pennsylvania delegation.  [Read More]

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June 5, 2023

DUI offender reform approved by Senate

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved a measure to update and make several technical changes to Pennsylvania’s DUI law, according to the measure’s sponsors, Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-Cambria/Centre/Clearfield).  [Read More]

TOMORROW: Senate Judiciary Committee Holding Voting Meeting
June 5, 2023

TOMORROW: Senate Judiciary Committee Holding Voting Meeting

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), is holding a voting meeting on tomorrow, June 6, at 11:30 a.m., in Room 8E-B, East Wing of the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

Senator Martin Introduces Universal FAFSA Completion Bill to Expand Opportunities for Pennsylvanians
June 5, 2023

Senator Martin Introduces Universal FAFSA Completion Bill to Expand Opportunities for Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania families could make more informed decisions about pursuing college and job training programs under a bill introduced today by Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster).  [Read More]

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Published: June 5, 2023   |  News Conference: Tuesday, June 6

Mastriano to Host State Working Animal Appreciation Day Tuesday

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will host State Working Animal Appreciation Day on Tuesday, June 6, with animal demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. and a noon news conference at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Soldiers Grove at the Capitol. Watch Live  [Read More]

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting to Consider Re-confirmation of Cindy Adams Dunn
June 2, 2023

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting to Consider Re-confirmation of Cindy Adams Dunn

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will convene on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. to consider the re-confirmation of Cindy Adams Dunn as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to Committee Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).  [Read More]

PA Senators Team Up to Shield Sexually Exploited Children, Human Trafficking Victims from Traumatizing Third Party ID Requirements
June 1, 2023

PA Senators Team Up to Shield Sexually Exploited Children, Human Trafficking Victims from Traumatizing Third Party ID Requirements

Continuing efforts to combat human trafficking throughout the Commonwealth, PA Senators Cris Dush (R-25), Maria Collett (D-12) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) have officially introduced legislation that would remove the third-party control requirement to ensure that minors who are human trafficking victims have full access to appropriate services and support.  [Read More]

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Published: June 1, 2023   |  News Conference: Monday, June 5

Senator Pennycuick to Host Women Veterans Day Press Conference

Senator Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) will be holding a press conference on Monday, June 5, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building to commemorate Women Veterans Day.  [Read More]

Sen. Laughlin Introduces Minimum Wage Legislation
May 31, 2023

Sen. Laughlin Introduces Minimum Wage Legislation

Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) has introduced legislation seeking to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2026, beginning with $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024, and permanently index it to inflation thereafter.  [Read More]

Primary runoff elections produce better candidates – and PA needs that
May 30, 2023

Primary runoff elections produce better candidates – and PA needs that

Do you know how many times a candidate from either party has won a statewide election in Pennsylvania for Governor or U.S. Senator without first winning the support of most of their party’s voters in the primary election?  [Read More]

Argall Receives Award for Transforming Blight into New Housing
May 25, 2023

Argall Receives Award for Transforming Blight into New Housing

Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) has received an award for transforming blighted buildings into housing from the Association of Community Development Corporations.  [Read More]

Laughlin, Williams to Introduce Drug Overdose Treatment Legislation
May 25, 2023

Laughlin, Williams to Introduce Drug Overdose Treatment Legislation

HARRISBURG – Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Anthony Williams (D-8) announced they will introduce legislation aimed at helping individuals regain control of their lives following a drug overdose in which a life-sustaining medication was administered. “While the ability to administer a life-sustaining medication has reduced the death rate, it is not treatment and does little […]  [Read More]

Acting Secretary of Commonwealth Acknowledges Necessity to Restore Public Trust, Signals Openness to Republican Election Reform Measures
May 24, 2023

Acting Secretary of Commonwealth Acknowledges Necessity to Restore Public Trust, Signals Openness to Republican Election Reform Measures

During Wednesday’s PA Senate State Government Committee confirmation hearing, Al Schmidt, the nominee for Secretary of the Commonwealth, publicly acknowledged some Republican concerns about, and affirmed the need to enhance, election integrity.  [Read More]

Coleman Introduces Public Pension Reform Bill  Calling on Future Senators to Lead by Example
May 24, 2023

Coleman Introduces Public Pension Reform Bill Calling on Future Senators to Lead by Example

State senators should lead by example in the effort to reform Pennsylvania’s underfunded pension system for government workers.  [Read More]

Aument, Farry to Introduce Primary Runoff Bill
May 24, 2023

Aument, Farry to Introduce Primary Runoff Bill

To ensure that candidates that win their primary election are supported by at least half of primary voters, Sens. Ryan Aument (R-36) and Frank Farry (R-6) announced their intent to introduce a bill creating a primary runoff election system in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Mastriano and Turnpike Officials Highlight New Law to Protect Tow Truck Drivers Prior to Memorial Day Travel
May 24, 2023

Mastriano and Turnpike Officials Highlight New Law to Protect Tow Truck Drivers Prior to Memorial Day Travel

With the busy Memorial Day travel weekend approaching, Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and tow truck drivers on Monday held an event at the state Capitol to raise awareness about a new state law to protect roadside assistance workers.  [Read More]

Senator Yaw Recognized by Choose Clean Water Coalition as “Clean Water Champion”
May 24, 2023

Senator Yaw Recognized by Choose Clean Water Coalition as “Clean Water Champion”

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, was recognized by the Choose Clean Water Coalition as a “Clean Water Champion” at their annual conference reception in Harrisburg on Tuesday evening.  [Read More]

Program to Repair, Build Schools Examined by Senate Education Committee
May 23, 2023

Program to Repair, Build Schools Examined by Senate Education Committee

A program to repair outdated and deteriorating schools and build new schools was the focus of a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee chaired by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) today.  [Read More]

Chairman Dush Promises Tough, But Fair, Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Commonwealth Nominee Al Schmidt
May 23, 2023

Chairman Dush Promises Tough, But Fair, Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Commonwealth Nominee Al Schmidt

On Wednesday, May 24, PA State Government Committee Chairman Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) will convene the first confirmation hearing for Acting PA Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt.  [Read More]

Senate Education Committee Reviews Teacher Shortages
May 22, 2023

Senate Education Committee Reviews Teacher Shortages

Legislative solutions to the ongoing teacher shortages affecting parts of Pennsylvania were considered during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee chaired by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) today.  [Read More]

Hughes, Aument Introduce Bill to Create Student Teacher Stipend Program
May 22, 2023

Hughes, Aument Introduce Bill to Create Student Teacher Stipend Program

To attract and retain high quality teachers to Pennsylvania classrooms, Sens. Vincent Hughes (D-7) and Ryan Aument (R-36) introduced Senate Bill 300 to create a student teacher stipend program, known as the Educator Pipeline Support Program, to be administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).  [Read More]

Senators Tracy Pennycuick and Amanda M. Cappelletti Introduce Bipartisan Electronic Waste Recycling Legislation
May 22, 2023

Senators Tracy Pennycuick and Amanda M. Cappelletti Introduce Bipartisan Electronic Waste Recycling Legislation

Senator Tracy Pennycuick (R-24 Berks/Montgomery) and Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti (D-17 Montgomery/Delaware) have introduced Senate Bill 734, a comprehensive and bipartisan electronic waste recycling bill that would establish an electronic waste recycling program in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 734 is a bipartisan effort to establish an affordable and accessible electronic waste program in Pennsylvania by amending the Covered Device […]  [Read More]

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Published: May 19, 2023   |  News Conference: Monday, May 22

Mastriano, PA Turnpike Commission to Host Event Highlighting New Pennsylvania Law and Raise Awareness about Driver Safety During Memorial Day Weekend

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will hold a news event on Monday, May 22, to highlight a new law in Pennsylvania and raise awareness about Pennsylvania’s existing “move over” law prior to the highly traveled Memorial Day weekend.  [Read More]

Laughlin, Street Introduce Bipartisan Approach to Marijuana Legalization in PA
May 19, 2023

Laughlin, Street Introduce Bipartisan Approach to Marijuana Legalization in PA

Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Sharif Street (D-3) announced they will introduce bipartisan legislation to legalize adult use of marijuana in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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May 18, 2023

Lawmakers Discuss Rural Workforce Challenges During Williamsport Policy Hearing

Population decline, lack of broadband, labor, child care and housing were a few areas of focus during Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Senate Republican Policy Committee hearing at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, according to committee member Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Robinson Recognizes Array of Benefits Provided by Public Gardens
May 18, 2023

Robinson Recognizes Array of Benefits Provided by Public Gardens

Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) recently introduced a resolution recognizing May 12-21, 2023, as Go Public Gardens Days in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senator Martin Applauds PIAA Vote to Officially Sanction Girls’ Wrestling in PA
May 17, 2023

Senator Martin Applauds PIAA Vote to Officially Sanction Girls’ Wrestling in PA

Senator Scott Martin (R-13) released the following statement today after the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Board of Directors voted to make girls’ wrestling an officially sanctioned sport in Pennsylvania:  [Read More]

Senator Dush Assembles First-Ever PA Senate Second Amendment Caucus
May 17, 2023

Senator Dush Assembles First-Ever PA Senate Second Amendment Caucus

Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) confirmed today that he is now serving as chairman of the first-ever PA Senate Second Amendment Caucus.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill Re-Examining Costly Regulations
May 10, 2023

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill Re-Examining Costly Regulations

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) requiring a one-time review of all economically significant regulations in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Phillips-Hill, Sturla appointed co-chairs of bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission
May 10, 2023

Phillips-Hill, Sturla appointed co-chairs of bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) have been appointed to serve as co-chairs of the Basic Education Funding Commission. This bipartisan group is tasked with developing and recommending a new formula for distributing state money for education to Pennsylvania school districts.  [Read More]

Senate votes to overhaul bureaucratic permitting and professional licensing process
May 10, 2023

Senate votes to overhaul bureaucratic permitting and professional licensing process

The Senate approved key permitting reforms today that will streamline and expedite the state’s historically sluggish permitting process according to the measure’s sponsors, Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland/Dauphin/Perry).  [Read More]

Committee Approves Laughlin Electric Scooter Legislation
May 10, 2023

Committee Approves Laughlin Electric Scooter Legislation

Legislation seeking to ensure low-speed scooters are properly regulated within Pennsylvania’s vehicle code was reported to the full Senate out of the Senate Transportation Committee, according to Senate Bill 692’s prime sponsor, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).  [Read More]

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May 10, 2023

Yaw: Senate ERE Committee OKs Bills Improving DEP Permit Appeals Process, Renaming State Agency, Addressing Stream Maintenance

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a slate of bills this week that will change the name of the “Department of Environmental Protection” (DEP) to the “Department of Environmental Services,” and improve the Department’s appeals process, according to Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23).  [Read More]

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May 10, 2023

Yaw Introduces Legislation to Regulate Legal Skill Video Games

Today Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) announced the introduction of legislation to establish a regulatory framework and taxing structure on legal skill video games in the Commonwealth.  [Read More]

Argall Bill to Ensure Competency of Governor, Lt. Governor after Health Emergency Approved by Committee
May 9, 2023

Argall Bill to Ensure Competency of Governor, Lt. Governor after Health Emergency Approved by Committee

A bill to update the procedures to ensure continuity of the Pennsylvania state government if a governor or lieutenant governor is unable to perform their duties was approved with unanimous support by the Senate State Government Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Favorably Recommends Russell Redding to Serve as PA Department of Agriculture Secretary
May 9, 2023

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Favorably Recommends Russell Redding to Serve as PA Department of Agriculture Secretary

Today, Sens. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), majority chair; and Judy Schwank (D-11), minority chair; and members of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee gave a unanimous, favorable recommendation for Russell Redding to serve as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  [Read More]

Senate Approves DiSanto Bill to Curtail Excessive Regulations
May 9, 2023

Senate Approves DiSanto Bill to Curtail Excessive Regulations

Today the Senate approved a bill sponsored by Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin) to rein in excessive regulations.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Gebhard Bill Improving Personal Financial Literacy
May 9, 2023

Senate Passes Gebhard Bill Improving Personal Financial Literacy

To provide students the foundation to become proficient at money management, the Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48). The bill would require completion of a half-credit personal finance course during high school.  [Read More]

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May 9, 2023

Committee approves Phillips-Hill’s measure creating an accountable Constitutional amendment process

Legislation that would increase accountability and transparency was approved by the Senate State Government Committee, according to the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  [Read More]

New Data Prompts Senate Committee to Advance Bills to Accelerate Business Tax Cut & Attract New Employers
May 9, 2023

New Data Prompts Senate Committee to Advance Bills to Accelerate Business Tax Cut & Attract New Employers

In light of new data released by the Independent Fiscal Office, the Senate Finance Committee today voted to advance two pro-growth tax reform bills championed by Sens. Ryan Aument (R-36), Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), Greg Rothman (R-34), and Judy Ward (R-30).  [Read More]

Senate Approves Pennycuick Bill Making it Easier for Disabled Veterans to Receive Free Fishing Licenses
May 8, 2023

Senate Approves Pennycuick Bill Making it Easier for Disabled Veterans to Receive Free Fishing Licenses

The Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to make it easier for disabled veterans to obtain free Pennsylvania fishing licenses.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Measures to Help Veterans
May 8, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Measures to Help Veterans

The state Senate today approved two bills introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would help Pennsylvania military veterans.  [Read More]

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May 8, 2023

Senate committee approves measure to hold state agencies accountable

The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee passed significant permitting reform legislation that will help retain existing employers and attract new employers to the Commonwealth according to the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland/Dauphin/Perry).  [Read More]

Senators Hughes & Phillips-Hill to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Mental Health of Minors on Social Media
May 5, 2023

Senators Hughes & Phillips-Hill to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Mental Health of Minors on Social Media

May 5, 2023:  Today, State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and State Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) introduced bipartisan legislation that takes important steps to protect minors and their mental health on social media.  [Read More]

Brown Advocates for AEDs In School Sports Requirement During Project ADAM National Meeting at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
May 4, 2023

Brown Advocates for AEDs In School Sports Requirement During Project ADAM National Meeting at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania

Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-40) on Wednesday spoke at the Project ADAM 2023 National Meeting about the importance of having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and at interscholastic athletic events, including practices, should a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event occur.  [Read More]

State Senators Honor PA’s Accomplishments During 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships
May 4, 2023

State Senators Honor PA’s Accomplishments During 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships

State Senators formally recognized the individual and team accomplishments of Pennsylvania’s wrestlers during the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships with a Senate Resolution this week.  [Read More]

Senators urge FHFA to restore ideals of the American Dream
May 4, 2023

Senators urge FHFA to restore ideals of the American Dream

Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-Allegheny) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) are seeking support for a resolution calling on the Biden Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to rescind a policy that punishes homebuyers with good credit.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill Supporting Veteran-owned Businesses
May 3, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill Supporting Veteran-owned Businesses

The state Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would help Pennsylvania military veterans begin or expand a business.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Passes Brooks’ Bills Improving Health Care and Helping EMS Providers
May 3, 2023

Senate Committee Passes Brooks’ Bills Improving Health Care and Helping EMS Providers

Three bills sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) were passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and now advance to the full Senate for consideration.  [Read More]

Senate Passes Farry’s Commuter Tax Fairness Act to Keep Tax Dollars Local
May 3, 2023

Senate Passes Farry’s Commuter Tax Fairness Act to Keep Tax Dollars Local

To return tax dollars locally and to prevent further property tax increases, the Senate passed Sen. Frank Farry’s (R-6) Commuter Tax Fairness Act today to make Philadelphia’s City Wage Tax more equitable for non-residents.  [Read More]

Legislation to Safeguard Public Assistance from Waste, Fraud and Abuse Earns Senate Approval
May 3, 2023

Legislation to Safeguard Public Assistance from Waste, Fraud and Abuse Earns Senate Approval

Taxpayer dollars provided to Pennsylvania’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medical Assistance program would be better protected from fraud and abuse under a package of bills approved by the Senate today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), Sen. Scott Martin (R-13), Sen. Mike Regan (R-31), and Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50).  [Read More]

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May 3, 2023

Senate Approves Baker Bill to Extend Sunset of Wiretap Law to Combat Crime, Protect Citizen Privacy

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) that would extend Pennsylvania’s wiretap law to 2029, preserving an important crime-fighting tool along with constitutional protections.  [Read More]

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May 3, 2023

Bartolotta Offers a Bill to Improve Health Care Access, Affordability

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and nurses from across Pennsylvania representing the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) discussed important legislation to increase health care access.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Bill Making it Easier for Disabled Veterans to Receive Free Fishing Licenses Clears Key Committee Vote
May 3, 2023

Pennycuick Bill Making it Easier for Disabled Veterans to Receive Free Fishing Licenses Clears Key Committee Vote

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to make it easier for disabled veterans to obtain free Pennsylvania fishing licenses was unanimously approved by the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee yesterday.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Langerholc’s Special Prosecutor Legislation for Crimes Occurring on Philadelphia Mass Transit
May 2, 2023

Senate Approves Langerholc’s Special Prosecutor Legislation for Crimes Occurring on Philadelphia Mass Transit

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to crack down on the unchecked crime crisis plaguing Philadelphia’s mass transit system.  [Read More]

Surrounded by Rescued Beagles and their Families, Mastriano Introduces Bill to Ban State Funding for Cruel Testing on Dogs and Cats
May 2, 2023

Surrounded by Rescued Beagles and their Families, Mastriano Introduces Bill to Ban State Funding for Cruel Testing on Dogs and Cats

Joined by a group of beagles and their owners, Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today announced at a Capitol news conference he has introduced legislation to end taxpayer-funded painful experimentation on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

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May 2, 2023

Senate Approves Langerholc Resolution to Stop Abuse of Housing Voucher Program

The Senate today approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) urging the federal government to address the abuse of the porting process in the Housing Choice Voucher program.  [Read More]

Rothman Appointed to Public School Employees’ Retirement Board
May 2, 2023

Rothman Appointed to Public School Employees’ Retirement Board

State Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) has been appointed to the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board of Trustees by Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39).  [Read More]

Lawmakers, Advocates Celebrate Committee Approval of Child Reunification Legislation
May 2, 2023

Lawmakers, Advocates Celebrate Committee Approval of Child Reunification Legislation

NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champion Mike Singletary joined State Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) today to mark the advancement of a bill to provide a new tool to reunify lost children with their parents.  [Read More]

Robinson’s Max Manufacturing Initiative Act  Unanimously Approved by Senate Committee
May 2, 2023

Robinson’s Max Manufacturing Initiative Act Unanimously Approved by Senate Committee

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) to improve Pennsylvania infrastructure through collaboration and innovation was approved unanimously today by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.  [Read More]

Gebhard’s Bill Improving Personal Financial Literacy Passes Senate Education Committee
May 2, 2023

Gebhard’s Bill Improving Personal Financial Literacy Passes Senate Education Committee

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) to improve personal financial literacy by requiring completion of a half-credit economics and personal finance course during high school was passed by the Senate Education Committee today.  [Read More]

Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing on Promoting Affordable Housing Through Land Use Reforms
May 2, 2023

Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing on Promoting Affordable Housing Through Land Use Reforms

Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49), chair of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, announced there will be a public hearing held by the committee regarding how potential changes to land use regulations could improve housing affordability on Wednesday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 8E-B East Wing, PA State Capitol Complex, 501 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.  [Read More]

PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network News Conference
Published: May 1, 2023   |  News Conference: Wednesday, May 3

PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network News Conference

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 12 p.m. | Front Capitol Steps | Watch Live  [Read More]

Bipartisan Argall Bill to Protect Rights of Corrections Officers Passes Senate
May 1, 2023

Bipartisan Argall Bill to Protect Rights of Corrections Officers Passes Senate

A bill to ensure that state corrections officers and forensic employees are given due process when accused of wrongdoing was approved by the Senate today by a bipartisan vote of 36-14, according to the bill’s prime sponsor Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).  [Read More]

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May 1, 2023

Senate Environmental Committee Briefing Highlights Need to Improve Pennsylvania’s Grid Stability

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Monday held a briefing to discuss grid reliability and infrastructure and provide an update on the future outlook of Pennsylvania power production, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).  [Read More]

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Published: May 1, 2023   |  News Conference: Tuesday, May 2

Mastriano, Adams County SPCA and U.S. Humane Society to Host Beagle March on the Capitol Tuesday

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), the Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States will hold the first-ever “Beagle March on the Capitol” Tuesday to highlight the cruelty of animal testing in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Bartolotta, Nurses to Present a Bill to Improve Health Care Access
Published: May 1, 2023   |  News Conference: Wednesday, May 3

Bartolotta, Nurses to Present a Bill to Improve Health Care Access

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and nurses from across Pennsylvania representing the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) will discuss important legislation to increase health care access on Wednesday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Rotunda of the state capitol, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg. | Watch Live  [Read More]

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April 28, 2023

Legislators, Advocates to Discuss Need for Radon Testing in Schools

Senator Devlin Robinson (R-Allegheny) will join legislative colleagues and advocates from the Radon in Schools Workgroup on Monday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda to discuss the need to make radon testing mandatory in Pennsylvania schools.  [Read More]

PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee to Hold Informational Briefing on Grid Reliability
April 27, 2023

PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee to Hold Informational Briefing on Grid Reliability

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold an informational briefing on Monday, May 1st, 2023, at 10AM to discuss grid reliability and infrastructure and the future outlook of Pennsylvania power production, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23). Watch Live  [Read More]

Brown’s Bill for Land Bank Environmental Protections Passes Senate
April 27, 2023

Brown’s Bill for Land Bank Environmental Protections Passes Senate

A bill extending environmental liability protections to land banks, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary Brown, passed in the Senate this week.  [Read More]

Pennycuick Introduces Kratom Consumer Protection Act
April 27, 2023

Pennycuick Introduces Kratom Consumer Protection Act

Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) has introduced the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (Senate Bill 614) to prohibit the sale of the hallucinogenic and potentially addictive substance to children and provide a regulatory frame work to protect consumers.  [Read More]

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April 27, 2023

State Senate Declares April 23rd through April 29th, 2023, “Conservation District Week” in Pennsylvania

Yesterday the state Senate declared April 23rd through April 29th, 2023, “Conservation District Week” in Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), who sponsored Senate Resolution 84 along with Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47).  [Read More]

Brooks’ Bill to Improve School Tick Removal Response Passes Senate
April 26, 2023

Brooks’ Bill to Improve School Tick Removal Response Passes Senate

Today the Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) that creates a standard protocol in response to a tick being removed from a student during the school day.  [Read More]

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April 26, 2023

Sens. Laughlin, Boscola Introduce Open Primary Legislation

Sens. Dan Laughlin (R-49) and Lisa Boscola (D-18) have introduced legislation to repeal closed primaries and allow registered independent voters who have checked “no affiliation” or “none” on their voter registration form to vote in primary elections.  [Read More]

Ward, Yaw Bill Exempting Milk Haulers from Travel Bans Clears Committee
April 26, 2023

Ward, Yaw Bill Exempting Milk Haulers from Travel Bans Clears Committee

A bill that would exempt milk haulers from travel bans imposed during a declaration of disaster emergency was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee today.  [Read More]

Robinson, Rothman Resolution for 250th Anniversary Celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Heads to Senate
April 26, 2023

Robinson, Rothman Resolution for 250th Anniversary Celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Heads to Senate

HARRISBURG – A resolution sponsored by Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Greg Rothman (R-34) preparing for the 250th anniversaries of the United States Marine Corps and Navy was approved unanimously today by the Senate’s Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Senate Resolution 82 urges the secretary of the Navy to designate Philadelphia and portions of […]  [Read More]

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April 26, 2023

Langerholc’s Emissions Reform Measures Pass Transportation Committee

Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) announced today that two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 561 and 562, passed the Senate Transportation Committee.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation
April 26, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would help protect Pennsylvania senior citizens from financial exploitation.  [Read More]

Senate Supports Rothman Bill to Recognize Diwali in PA
April 26, 2023

Senate Supports Rothman Bill to Recognize Diwali in PA

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) to make Diwali an official state holiday in Pennsylvania was passed the state Senate today unanimously.  [Read More]

Argall Bills to Curb Waste Advanced
April 26, 2023

Argall Bills to Curb Waste Advanced

A package of bills to reduce waste and abuse in Pennsylvania’s public assistance programs was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), the prime sponsor of the bills. All three bills now advance to the Senate for consideration.  [Read More]

Robinson: Pension Update Bill for Blind, Amputee, Paralyzed Veterans Heads to Senate
April 26, 2023

Robinson: Pension Update Bill for Blind, Amputee, Paralyzed Veterans Heads to Senate

Legislation increasing the monthly pension amounts for blind, amputee and paralyzed veterans was passed unanimously today by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, according to Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37), who is one of the prime sponsors of the bill.  [Read More]

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April 26, 2023

Committee unanimously passes Phillips-Hill’s measure allowing EMS providers to leave life-saving drug with caregivers

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 81, according to the legislation’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).    [Read More]

Senate Approves Measure Requiring Confirmation of PEMA Director
April 25, 2023

Senate Approves Measure Requiring Confirmation of PEMA Director

The state Senate approved legislation today requiring Senate confirmation of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) director, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) who sponsored the bill.  [Read More]

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April 25, 2023

Vogel, Schwank, Agriculture Representatives Discuss the Future of the PA Over Order Premium

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) and Minority Chairwoman Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11), held a public hearing today to open an in-depth discussion about the state’s Over Order Premium on Class I milk and what the future of that premium could look like.  [Read More]

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Published: April 25, 2023   |  News Conference: Wednesday, April 26

Legislative Leaders, Advocates to Celebrate Bipartisan Passage of Historic Breast Cancer Screening Bill

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) will attend a news conference Wednesday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. outside the Lt. Governor’s office on the 2nd Floor of the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate final passage of Senate Bill 8 by the House of Representatives.  [Read More]

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April 25, 2023

Baker: Committee Approves Four Bills for Food Insecurity, Opioid Crisis, Wiretapping and Additional Judgeships

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved several notable bills addressing food insecurity, the ongoing opioid crisis, wiretapping and additional judgeships, according to the committee chair, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  [Read More]

Rothman Appointed to Basic Education Funding Commission
April 25, 2023

Rothman Appointed to Basic Education Funding Commission

State Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34) has been appointed to the Basic Education Funding Commission by Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39).  [Read More]

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill to Improve Newborn Safety
April 24, 2023

Senate Passes Brooks’ Bill to Improve Newborn Safety

HARRISBURG – To protect babies with parents who are unable to care for them, the Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50). Senate Bill 267 would decriminalize surrendering an unharmed newborn at an urgent care center when a parent is unable to care for a child. Health care providers at participating urgent […]  [Read More]

Senator Yaw to Join Small Business Owners, Veterans, PA TAP and Penn State Great LaVar Arrington to Advocate for Skill Game Legislation on April 25th
Published: April 24, 2023   |  News Conference: Tuesday, April 25

Senator Yaw to Join Small Business Owners, Veterans, PA TAP and Penn State Great LaVar Arrington to Advocate for Skill Game Legislation on April 25th

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) will join supporters of legal skill video games for a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, beginning at 1:30p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda.  [Read More]

Tomorrow: Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Four Bills
April 24, 2023

Tomorrow: Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Four Bills

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), is holding a voting meeting tomorrow, April 25, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 461 of the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Advances Martin Resolution Urging Permanent Daylight Saving Time
April 24, 2023

Senate Panel Advances Martin Resolution Urging Permanent Daylight Saving Time

The Senate State Government Committee approved a resolution today urging Congress to make daylight saving time permanent and eliminate the practice of twice-yearly time changes.  [Read More]

TUESDAY: Vogel to Hold Committee Hearing on Milk Over-Order Premium
April 24, 2023

TUESDAY: Vogel to Hold Committee Hearing on Milk Over-Order Premium

Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47), chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, will be holding a committee hearing on the over order premium on Class 1 milk in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, 401 North St., Harrisburg.  [Read More]

Senate Republicans Commend House Insurance Committee for Approving Landmark Breast Cancer Legislation
April 24, 2023

Senate Republicans Commend House Insurance Committee for Approving Landmark Breast Cancer Legislation

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) along with Senate Republican colleagues Sens. John DiSanto (R-15), Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), and Devlin Robinson (R-37) offered their support for Senate Bill 8 as it advanced out of the House Insurance Committee earlier today.  [Read More]

Mastriano, Law Enforcement and Families of Drug Overdose Victims  to Highlight Improved Overdose Mapping System Tuesday
Published: April 24, 2023   |  News Conference: Tuesday, April 25

Mastriano, Law Enforcement and Families of Drug Overdose Victims to Highlight Improved Overdose Mapping System Tuesday

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will be joined by law enforcement and family members of drug overdose victims on Tuesday at a news conference to celebrate the implementation of an improved overdose mapping and data tracking system in Pennsylvania and its role in combatting the opioid and fentanyl crisis and saving lives.  [Read More]