News Releases

May

12

2020

May 12, 2020

Legislation proposed by Senators Doug Mastriano (R-33) and Mike Regan (R-31) that would promote Veterans Courts in Pennsylvania received a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Senate.     [Read More]

May

12

2020

May 12, 2020

After a Senate hearing last week tackled inadequacies in COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities, the administration reversed course and announced today that they will begin widespread testing of residents and employees.   [Read More]

May

12

2020

May 12, 2020

Senate Labor and Industry Committee chair Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) wrote a letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro today urging him to provide clarity to Pennsylvanians regarding the status of employees who refuse to return to work after being laid off.   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

The Senate today asked the state’s Commonwealth Court to force Governor Wolf to release documents associated with mandated business closures related to COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senate Republican leaders.   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) recently introduced legislation that would temporarily suspend Small Games of Chance regulations for non-profit clubs in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

The Senate voted today to preserve access to ventilator and tracheostomy care for hundreds of patients in Pennsylvania, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Dan Laughlin (R-49).   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

Senate leaders called on Governor Wolf to stop the name-calling and instead engage with local elected officials after the Governor held a press conference where he called local community leaders ‘cowards’ and threatened to withhold funding from local communities, revoke operating licenses from local employers and deny insurance claims.   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

The Senate Transportation Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Pennsylvania transportation system.   [Read More]

May

08

2020

May 08, 2020

The Senate is weighing next steps as Governor Wolf failed to comply with a subpoena and release documents associated with mandated business closures related to COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senate Republican leaders.   [Read More]

May

08

2020

May 08, 2020

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) will hold a remote public hearing at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 11, in Harrisburg to discuss ways to ensure continuity of education for students in K-12 during the COVID-19 pandemic.   [Read More]

May

08

2020

May 08, 2020

As Mifflin and Juniata County remain shuttered, local lawmakers demanded that the Governor stop playing politics with the process and allow counties with low numbers to move toward reopening.   [Read More]

May

08

2020

May 08, 2020

As Huntingdon County remains closed, local lawmakers demanded that the Governor stop allowing data from the State Correctional Institute – Huntingdon to skew the calculations and move the county toward reopening.   [Read More]

May

07

2020

May 07, 2020

After the state Department of Health indicated they are continuing to “think” about testing more patients in long-term care communities and distributing additional personal protective equipment, Republican Senators called on Health Secretary Rachel Levine to take immediate action to slow the COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities.   [Read More]

May

07

2020

May 07, 2020

Four State Senators today offered their strong support for a lawsuit filed by Butler, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties against the Administration’s mandatory business closure order.   [Read More]

May

07

2020

May 07, 2020

One-third of Pennsylvania is beginning to reopen under Governor Wolf’s three-phase, color-coded approach.   [Read More]

May

06

2020

May 06, 2020

Senate Republicans are demanding answers from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) after testimony during a Senate Law and Justice Committee meeting today revealed the state’s Fine Wine & Spirits stores were closed without any official action by the PLCB or the Governor.   [Read More]

May

06

2020

May 06, 2020

Pennsylvania Senator Kim Ward (39th) is introducing legislation that will require safety protocols for Pennsylvania nursing homes to be implemented during an emergency disaster proclamation issued by the Governor in relation to a communicable disease.   [Read More]

Apr

30

2020

April 30, 2020

Responding to concerns about the Wolf Administration’s handling of some aspects of the COVID-19 crisis, Senators Ryan P. Aument (R-36) and John Yudichak (I-14) outlined a plan today that would bring more collaboration and transparency to the process of responding to emergencies.   [Read More]

Apr

30

2020

April 30, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senator Mike Regan take questions regarding the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee’s vote on April 30 to subpoena documents related to mandated business closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic after Governor Wolf and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) failed to provide the information.     [Read More]

Apr

30

2020

April 30, 2020

A bill that would expand access to psychology services is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

In an act centered in political ideology, Governor Wolf today blocked access to life-saving medicine to millions of Pennsylvanians with his purely partisan veto of a bill authorizing the use of telemedicine in Pennsylvania, said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senator Elder Vogel (R-47).   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

As part of a measure that is being proposed by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33), the General Assembly would have to re-authorize an Emergency Declaration implemented by the Governor.   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

This morning Senate Bill 836, known as Peyton’s Law, was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee. This legislation, sponsored by Senator Mike Regan (R-31), aims to educate every student athlete and their parents about EKG testing to detect underlying heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

The Senate today (April 29) approved two bills introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49) to improve safety in state-regulated daycare facilities, measures he introduced in response to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of five young children in Erie last year.   Listen   [Read More]

Apr

28

2020

April 28, 2020

VIDEO: Pennsylvania Senate Session for Tuesday, April 28, 2020.     [Read More]