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Governor Signs Pileggi Bill to Save Lives in Drug Overdoses 9/30/14
Governor Tom Corbett today signed legislation to help save lives in the case of drug overdoses.

Statement on the PA Senate Republican Leadership Team 9/30/14
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-16) have issued the following statement regarding the Senate Republican Leadership Team:

Senate Transportation Committee 9/25/14
Benefits of Act 89 to the Scranton area

Scarnati Applauds Passage of Welfare Fraud Prevention Legislation 9/25/14
Legislation to help combat welfare fraud and abuse has been passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Senate Passes Senator Greenleaf’s Juvenile Justice Bill 9/25/14
The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday voted to pass State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s Senate Bill 1197, legislation that improves Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.

Senate Passes Rafferty DRPA Reform Measures 9/24/14
The State Senate today approved two measures sponsored by its Chairman Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that are part of a bi-state legislative package intended to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority.

Senate Approves Bill Strengthening Open Records Law 9/24/14
Legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law was unanimously approved today by the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) said.

Senate approves Robbins’ veterans’ pension bill 9/24/14
Legislation introduced by Senator Bob Robbins changing the name of the “Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension” program to “Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension” was approved by the Senate today (September 24).

Senate Passes Senate Bill 1182 9/24/14
Senator Mike Folmer (R – Lebanon) hailed the historic Pennsylvania State Senate vote today in passing his Senate Bill 1182 to allow the use of medical cannabis in the Commonwealth:  43-7.  Folmer’s legislation would allow thousands of ill and suffering Pennsylvanians the ability to utilize cannabis, a natural plant from God, to treat their ailments.

Good Samaritan Bill to Save Lives in Cases of Drug Overdoses Sent to Governor’s Desk 9/24/14
The Senate has unanimously approved legislation to help save lives in the case of drug overdoses, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) said today. The bill now goes to Governor Corbett, who is expected to sign it into law.

Scarnati: Legislation Creating the PA Aggregate Advisory Board Sent to Governor’s Desk 9/24/14
The Pennsylvania Legislature has unanimously approved legislation, to establish a Pennsylvania Aggregate Advisory Board, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Senate Passes Senator Greenleaf’s Donate Life PA Act 9/23/14
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s SB 850, legislation to help increase organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania.
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House Committee approves “Kelsey Smith Act” 9/23/14
The Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee today unanimously approved a measure introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Butler) intended to save lives by speeding up a process for using technology to locate missing people.

Center for Rural Pennsylvania Releases Report on Growing Heroin Epidemic 9/23/14
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania today released a report summarizing the findings of four statewide hearings held to examine the growing numbers of heroin and opioid related deaths and arrests across Pennsylvania.
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Newly Renovated Capitol Welcome Center Reopens 9/23/14
The doors to the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s Welcome Center were reopened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and House Speaker Sam Smith (R-66).

Senate Passes Baker Bill to Help Towns Struck by Disasters 9/23/14
A long-time legislative goal of Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) moved closer to reality with the Senate’s unanimous passage recently of legislation to create a state disaster assistance program. Similar to programs in more than 20 other states, her initiative would provide grants to county and municipal governments suffering from flash floods, tornadoes and other localized disasters.
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Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee 9/23/14
SR 408, HB 1550
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Senate Judiciary Committee 9/23/14
Consideration of Bills
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Senate Education Committee 9/23/14
Consideration of Bills
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Senate Banking & Insurance Committee 9/23/14
SB 1441 (Bail Bondsman Legislation)
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Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control & Conservation Committee 9/22/14
PA's Abandoned Turnpike

Senate News Brief 9/22/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

Scarnati: Senate Committee Advances Taxpayer Protection Legislation 9/17/14
The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation to limit the growth of state government spending in Pennsylvania, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
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Senate Approves Pileggi Bill to Encourage Private Development at Mass Transit Stations 9/17/14
The Senate has unanimously approved legislation to encourage private development at mass transit stations, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) said today.

Senate committee approves ‘Property Tax Independence Act’ 9/16/14
The Property Tax Independence Act was approved by the Senate Finance Committee today, according to the bill’s prime sponsors Senators David G. Argall (R-29), Mike Folmer (R-48), Judy Schwank (D-11) and John Yudichak (D-14).
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Senate Transportation Committee Approves Rafferty DRPA Reform Measures 9/16/14
The Senate Transportation Committee today approved two measures sponsored by its Chairman Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that are part of a bi-state legislative package intended to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority.
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Committee holds hearing on Senator White’s school safety bill 9/16/14
The Senate Education Committee today (September 16) held a public hearing on Senate Bill 1193, legislation introduced by Senator Don White that would give school boards the option of allowing licensed and trained staff to carry firearms on school property.

Senate Education Committee 9/16/14
SB 1193

Senate Finance Committee 9/16/14
SB 7 and SB 76
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Senator Mike Folmer, sponsor of Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, speaks at a Campaign for Compassion rally held at the State Capitol. 9/15/14 

Senate News Brief 9/15/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

Senator Joe Scarnati & Lt. Governor Jim Cawley to Kick Off 6th Annual Charity Bike Ride to Benefit Children’s Hospitals 9/10/14
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will once again host a three-day, 100-mile charity bike ride from Gettysburg to Annville to raise money for three children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Senate, House committees hold hearing on aging issues 9/9/14
Plans to address the projected growth in the state’s senior citizen population were part of a joint public hearing of the Senate Aging & Youth and House Aging & Older Adult Services Committees at the University of Pittsburgh, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Aging & Youth Committee.

Basic Education Funding Commission 9/9/14
Basic Education Public Hearing

Joint Hearing - Senate Judiciary and Transportation Committees 9/8/14
Enhancing the Law to Reduce DUI Fatalities

Senator Rafferty, Attorney General Host Roundtable on Child Predator Efforts, Unveil State Forensics Truck 8/21/14
Senator John Rafferty (R-44), Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, agents from the Child Predator Section, and Representative Mike Vereb (R-150) recently met with local, county and state law enforcement stakeholders to discuss efforts to combat child predators and unveil a new state forensics truck. 

Basic Education Funding Commission 8/20/14
Basic Education 101 Public Hearing

Legislators, Chester County D.A. Say New Arson Law Will Provide Tougher Penalties, Stronger Protections 8/6/14
Area legislators and Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan held a news conference today in Thorndale to discuss Pennsylvania’s new, strengthened arson law and thank area emergency responders who battled a series of deadly arsons in the city of Coatesville in 2008 and 2009.

Basic Education Funding Commission Organizes and Begins Work 7/24/14
The Basic Education Funding Commission held its inaugural and organizational meeting today (July 24) and is now ready to begin its work developing an adequate and fair system for distributing state money to local school districts, according to Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

Basic Education Funding Commission to Hold Organizational Meeting 7/23/14
The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold its inaugural and organizational meeting.

Chloe's Law Now Act 130 of 2014 7/22/14
Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law the Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act - or “Chloe's Law,” according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, who championed the measure in the Senate.

Senators Scarnati and Pileggi Comment on the Passing of Senator Hank Salvatore 7/18/14
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Senator Hank Salvatore:

Senator Lisa Baker inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame 7/18/14
Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame.

Senate Leaders Respond to Governor Corbett’s Veto of Legislative Budget Lines 7/10/14   
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-16) have issued the following statement in response to Governor Corbett’s veto of State Budget lines and program cuts:

Statement on the 2014-2015 State Budget 7/8/14
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued the following statement regarding the 2014-2015 state budget passed by the General Assembly:

Op-ed: Prompt Action is Necessary on Medical Cannabis Proposal 7/3/14
The Senate Law and Justice Committee recently took the historic step of approving a proposal that would legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Senator White’s bill to improve school safety goes to Governor 7/1/14
Legislation drafted by Senator Don White that will give local school districts the option to contract for police service as a way to improve safety in classrooms and reduce response times in the event of an emergency received final legislative approval today (July 1) and now goes to Governor Corbett for his signature and enactment into law.
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State Senate Approves Smucker’s Charter School Reform Measure 7/1/14
Hopes for much-needed reforms to the state charter school law grew brighter with Senate passage of a bill championed by state Senator Lloyd Smucker.

Senator Greenleaf’s Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Sent to Governor 7/1/14
On Monday night, the Pennsylvania Senate concurred in House amendments to SB 75, legislation introduced by State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, Montgomery, Bucks) to combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania.  The legislation will now be sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

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