News Releases

Jan

28

2020

January 28, 2020

Senator-elect Dave Arnold will be sworn into office during ceremonies to be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the State Capitol in Harrisburg   [Read More]

Jan

28

2020

January 28, 2020

Legislation by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would extend the state’s popular Fire & EMS Grant Program until 2024 was passed by the Senate today.   [Read More]

Jan

28

2020

January 28, 2020

Legislation proposed by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would re-authorize the state’s Fire & EMS Grant Program received a unanimous vote today from the Senate Appropriations Committee.   [Read More]

Jan

27

2020

January 27, 2020

Senator John Yudichak (I-14), Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) announced today that the Senate has concurred with changes made to Senate Bill 906 by a vote of 28-21 and the bill will now go to Governor Wolf.   [Read More]

Jan

27

2020

January 27, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced changes to the Republican Chairs for several of the 22 Senate Standing Committees for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session.   [Read More]

Jan

23

2020

January 23, 2020

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) said today that Governor Wolf’s ventilator care proposal falls woefully short of what is necessary to help patients who require life-sustaining ventilation services.   [Read More]

Jan

23

2020

January 23, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement on the retirement of  PA House Speaker Mike Turzai:   [Read More]

Jan

23

2020

January 23, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Speaker Mike Turzai:   [Read More]

Jan

23

2020

January 23, 2020

The Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss the implementation of recently passed election reforms. The public is invited to attend.   [Read More]

Jan

21

2020

January 21, 2020

A group of legislators and stakeholders held a rally Capitol Main Rotunda to announce a lawsuit against Governor Wolf on the proposed closures of Polk and White Haven state centers.     [Read More]

Jan

17

2020

January 17, 2020

State Senator Lisa Baker has been at the forefront of juvenile justice reform efforts for more than a decade.  Now she will be an integral part of the latest push for improving the system as part of an interbranch Juvenile Justice Task Force.   [Read More]

Jan

16

2020

January 16, 2020

Recognizing the sacrifices made by Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans, Senator Joe Pittman (R-41) is drafting legislation to ensure they receive the state property tax exemption they deserve. Listen   [Read More]

Jan

16

2020

January 16, 2020

Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) announced today his Senate Bill 983 which seeks to strengthen the Commonwealth’s newborn screening program to better protect infants from rare diseases.   [Read More]

Jan

15

2020

January 15, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) today welcomed Senator-elect Dave Arnold of the 48th Senatorial District to the Senate Republican caucus.   [Read More]

Jan

02

2020

January 02, 2020

In an initial decision regarding a leak from the Mariner East I (ME1) pipeline in Berks County, a Public Utility Commission (PUC) Administrative Law Judge cited Senate Bill 284, sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester & Delaware) as a potential remedy to the question of what confidential security information pipeline operators are required to share with county emergency planning officials.   [Read More]

Dec

19

2019

December 19, 2019

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester & Delaware counties) streamlining the placement of offenders in drug treatment programs and other intermediate punishment programs, and expediting the parole process for non-violent offenders was signed by Governor Tom Wolf within minutes of the Senate concurring by a vote of 38-11 in amendments made by the state House yesterday.   [Read More]

Dec

17

2019

December 17, 2019

Governor Wolf today (December 17) formally signed legislation allowing hunting on up to three Sundays each year, according to Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49), prime sponsor of the measure.   [Read More]

Dec

17

2019

December 17, 2019

State Senators John Yudichak (I-14), Michele Brooks (R-50), Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Lisa Baker (R-20) announced today that the House Health Committee passed Senate Bill 906 by a vote of 13-12. The bill establishes a moratorium on the proposed closure of Polk and White Haven State Centers.   [Read More]

Dec

09

2019

December 09, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman issued the following statement following the passing of his father, former state Senator J. Doyle Corman:   [Read More]

Dec

03

2019

December 03, 2019

Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Dan Laughlin (R-49) have introduced a bill that would preserve access to ventilator or tracheostomy care for hundreds of patients in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Nov

27

2019

November 27, 2019

Legislation allowing hunting on up to three Sundays each year was signed into law today (November 27), according to Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49), prime sponsor of the measure.   [Read More]

Nov

22

2019

November 22, 2019

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved a bill today to increase pensions for the Blind Veterans Pension Program and the Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension Program, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).   [Read More]

Nov

21

2019

November 21, 2019

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) that would increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from age 18 to 21 received final Senate approval today and is set to be signed into law.   [Read More]

Nov

21

2019

November 21, 2019

The Senate gave final approval today to a bill that would help reduce the risk of patients falling victim to opioid addiction, according to Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36), who authored the bill.   [Read More]

Nov

20

2019

November 20, 2019

The Senate approved a comprehensive package of bills today to support survivors of sexual abuse, including legislation to reform the statute of limitations to give survivors a retroactive two- year civil window to file claims, according to Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr, (R-35) who strongly supported the bills.   [Read More]