Monday, Oct. 6
Governor Signs Pileggi Bill to Save Lives in Drug Overdoses
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
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.
Senate Bill 1197, legislation that improves Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice
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
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.
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
Senate Passes Senator Greenleaf’s Donate Life PA Act 9/23/14
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass State Senator Stewart J.
SB 850, legislation to help increase organ and tissue donation in
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
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.
Senate News Brief
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent
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
Senate Approves Pileggi Bill to Encourage Private Development at Mass Transit
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
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.
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
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent
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
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
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
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
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.
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.