News Releases

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

The Senate sent the Governor a bill today to expand the availability of job training programs, make it easier for students to receive financial aid, protect against improper school closures and help create a better student record system across the Commonwealth, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

The State Senate today gave final approval to a measure that is intended to make firefighter training more accessible and affordable through online courses, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34).   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

The Senate today (November 18) passed legislation that establishes a moratorium on closing the Polk and White Haven State Centers, according to Senator Scott Hutchinson, a co-sponsor and strong supporter of the bill. Listen   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

Today Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Representative Mark Rozzi (D-126) and Representative Jim Gregory (R-80) announced their agreement to work together to ensure child sexual abuse reform legislation reaches the Governor’s desk.   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

A bill that would expand access to psychology services earned unanimous support in the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

The Senate State Government Committee approved two bills today sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13), including measures strengthening provisions in Pennsylvania’s election laws pertaining to write-in candidates, and addressing the confusing and counterproductive time changes resulting from Daylight Saving Time.   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

Senators Joe Pittman, Gene Yaw and David G. Argall and other legislators will host a press conference at Noon on Tuesday, November 19, in the Media Center of the State Capitol East Wing. | Watch Live   [Read More]

Nov

07

2019

November 07, 2019

Senator John DiSanto’s (Dauphin/Perry) proposal to provide for a new nonprofit security grant to enhance safety for faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations was signed into law today by Governor Tom Wolf as part of  Act 83 of 2019.   [Read More]

Nov

01

2019

November 01, 2019

A letter penned by a dozen Pennsylvania Senate Republicans to the White House resulted in President Trump mandating a roll-back of regulations limiting foster care and adoption opportunities in Pennsylvania and nationwide.     [Read More]

Oct

31

2019

October 31, 2019

As Pennsylvanians prepare to set their clocks back on Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time ends, Senator Scott Martin (R-13) is continuing to push for an end to the twice-yearly time changes, once and for all.   [Read More]

Oct

30

2019

October 30, 2019

A Senate committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) that would increase funding for grants and loans for distressed municipalities through an existing state funding source.   [Read More]

Oct

30

2019

October 30, 2019

The Senate approved a bill today sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) that would reauthorize a key agency that supports affordable and accessible health care for all Pennsylvanians.   [Read More]

Oct

30

2019

October 30, 2019

The Senate today (October 30) approved legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) aimed at promoting telemedicine in Pennsylvania as a way to overcome barriers to quality patient care created by distance and reduce the costs of those services.   Listen   [Read More]

Oct

30

2019

October 30, 2019

Today the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Regan (R-31) which aims to educate every student athlete and their parents about electrocardiogram (EKG) testing to detect underlying heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).   [Read More]

Oct

29

2019

October 29, 2019

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) to overhaul the Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA), which aims to detect and reduce elder abuse in the Commonwealth, as well as provide protective services for Pennsylvanians over 60 years of age. Listen   [Read More]

Oct

29

2019

October 29, 2019

Municipalities would have a new tool to transform blighted properties into thriving parts of the community under a bill approved by the Senate today, according to the bill’s author, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).   [Read More]

Oct

29

2019

October 29, 2019

The State Senate today approved legislation that will bring the most comprehensive changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws in more than eight decades, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), who said the modernizations will make it easier for all residents to take part in elections.    Listen   [Read More]

Oct

29

2019

October 29, 2019

A proposal that would provide new protections for young victims of sexual assault earned the endorsement of a key panel in the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Scott Martin (R-13). Listen   [Read More]

Oct

29

2019

October 29, 2019

The State Senate yesterday unanimously passed Senate Bill 320, authored by Senator Tom Killion, to allow Pennsylvanians to dispose of digital assets in the same manner as tangible property.   [Read More]

Oct

28

2019

October 28, 2019

The Senate voted today to extend new protections to members of the healthcare community by strengthening penalties for assaults against health care practitioners and technicians, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).   [Read More]

Oct

28

2019

October 28, 2019

The Senate and House Urban Affairs and Housing Committees will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Harrisburg to examine legislation that would prevent negligent and unscrupulous property owners from buying new properties at tax sales.   [Read More]

Oct

25

2019

October 25, 2019

Yesterday, Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland & York), Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester & Delaware), Representative Steve Barrar (R-Chester & Delaware) and Representative Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) held a Roundtable Discussion regarding the issue of Veterans Suicide at the Concord Township Municipal Building, in Delaware County.   [Read More]

Oct

23

2019

October 23, 2019

Local organizations dedicated to helping community residents with cancer and disabilities   could benefit from new fundraising opportunities under a bill approved by the Senate today.   [Read More]

Oct

23

2019

October 23, 2019

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill today that could generate up to $100 million in private donations over the next decade to support childhood cancer research, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Scott Martin (R-13).   [Read More]

Oct

22

2019

October 22, 2019

As lawmakers weigh potential changes intended to strengthen Pennsylvania’s election system, the Senate approved a measure today that would remove an antiquated ballot requirement that increases costs to local taxpayers.   [Read More]