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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.

Finance Chair Applauds Senate for Advancing Pension Bill 6/30/14
The Senate unanimously approved today legislation sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Brubaker (R-36) that takes a historic first step at addressing Pennsylvania’s pension crisis in an effort to keep the state’s systems sustainable for future generations.

Senate Approves FY 2014-15 Budget 6/30/14
The Senate today approved a state budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 that invests in education, public safety and provides support for essential social and health services and programs without a tax increase, according to Senator Jake Corman, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Argall Bill Heads to Governor, Creates New License Plates for PA Veterans 6/30/14
The state legislature gave final approval today to legislation sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) creating new specialty license plates honoring the exceptional military service of Pennsylvania residents.

“Kevin’s Law” Headed to the Governor
The state Senate today approved a bill to increase the minimum mandatory sentence for drivers who fatally hit an individual and then flee the scene, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).
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Vogel’s school bus length legislation headed to Governor 6/30/14
Senate Bill 1312, legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel to give school districts and school bus contractors the option to choose the most appropriate school buses based on their needs, received final legislative approval Monday (June 30) and is headed to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
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Statement on SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Ruling 6/30/14
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Banking & Insurance Committee Chairman Don White (R-41) have issued the following joint statement regarding the Supreme Court of the United States Hobby Lobby ruling:

Bill to contain costs on infrastructure projects goes to Governor 6/30/14
The House of Representatives (Friday, June 27) approved legislation introduced by Senator Don White that would close a loophole in existing law that drives up the costs incurred by government entities for public infrastructure improvement projects, which is ultimately borne by taxpayers and ratepayers.

Senate Appropriations Committee Takes Step to Advance Pension Bill 6/29/14
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Brubaker (R-36) issued the following statement regarding the Senate Appropriations Committee vote on legislation which he has sponsored that addresses Pennsylvania’s ongoing pension crisis.

Senate Environmental Committee Holds Hearing on EPA’s Clean Energy Policy 6/27/14
The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-23, held the first of two public hearings Friday morning to discuss the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to cut carbon pollution from nationwide power plants by 30 percent in 2030, compared to 2005 levels. 

Senate Law and Justice Committee Approves Medical Cannabis Proposal 6/27/14
The Senate Law and Justice Committee approved legislation today that would legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).

Senate Approves Increased Whistleblower Protections 6/27/14
The state Senate today approved two measures to strengthen Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Law, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  Baker chairs the Senator Labor and Industry Committee, which advanced the bills earlier this week.
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Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee 6/27/14
EPA’s Clean Power Plan
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Senate Judiciary Committee 6/26/14
SB 671, HB 1163, HB 1750; judicial nominees
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Senate Panel Approves Copayment Protection Measure 6/25/14
The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved legislation today that would protect consumers from paying multiple copayments for physical therapy, chiropractic and occupational therapy services.

Senate Panel Approves Copayment Protection Measure 6/25/14
The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), today approved three bills.

Committee approves bill promoting conventional oil production in PA 6/25/14
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today (June 25) approved legislation introduced by Senator Scott Hutchinson that will protect and promote conventional oil production in Pennsylvania.
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McIlhinney, Galloway Advocate Tax Deduction for Living Organ Donors 6/25/14
Two Bucks County legislators are advocating the creation of a new state tax credit designed to offset costs incurred by living organ donors.

Senate Transportation Committee 6/24/14
Delaware River Port Authority
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Joint Senate Aging & Youth and House Aging & Older Adult Services Committees 6/24/14
PA State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
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Vance’s HACC Flexible Local Funding Bill Goes to the Governor 6/24/14
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) that allows for a flexible, local funding system for Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and its 22 sponsoring school districts.

Senate Passes McIlhinney Resolution to Improve Programs for Working
Families
6/23/14
State lawmakers could develop a better strategy to help low-income working families following Senate passage of a resolution today sponsored by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).

Senate News Brief 6/23/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

Committees to hold public hearing on the state plan for Alzheimer’s Disease 6/20/14
Senator Randy Vulakovich, chairman of the Senate Aging & Youth Committee, today announced that his committee will hold a joint public hearing with the House Aging & Older Adult Services on Tuesday, June 24, to gather testimony on the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders.

Greenleaf’s Lyme Disease Awareness and Prevention Legislation Sent to Governor 6/18/14
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate concurred in House amendments to State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s SB 177, legislation creating a task force within the Pennsylvania Department of Health to educate the public about Lyme disease and conduct a tick surveillance program across the Commonwealth.

Senate approves Robbins bill to maximize state tuition assistance 6/18/14
Legislation introduced by Senator Bob Robbins amending the Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP) to help ensure proper distribution of federal and state financial aid received final legislative approval today (June 18) and is headed to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
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Hutchinson’s military health officer incentive bill goes to Governor 6/18/14
Legislation introduced by Senator Scott E. Hutchinson intended to assist the Pennsylvania National Guard in its efforts to recruit and retain military medical professionals received final legislative approval today (June 18) and is headed to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
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Bills for Reduced-Fee Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Disabled Vets Sent to the Governor 6/18/14
The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to offer more disabled Pennsylvania veterans reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses, according to Senators Joe Scarnati (R-25), Lisa Baker (R-20) and Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

Bill to Expand Open Records Law for State-Related Universities Approved by Senate State Government Committee 6/18/14
Legislation to dramatically expand how Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law applies to the four state-related universities – Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University – was unanimously approved today by the Senate State Government Committee.

Senate Transportation Committee 6/17/14
Use of Radar by Local Police
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Senate approves Robbins bill to update, streamline state History Code 6/17/14
The Senate approved legislation introduced by Senator Bob Robbins that will update and streamline the Pennsylvania History Code. 

Senate News Brief 6/16/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

Senate Local Government Committee 6/12/14
House Bill 1845 and Senate Bill 1111

House Passes Greenleaf’s Lyme Disease Awareness and Prevention Legislation 6/11/14
Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representative passed State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s SB 177, legislation creating a task force within the Pennsylvania Department of Health to educate the public about Lyme disease and conduct a tick surveillance program across the Commonwealth.

Argall’s Rail Safety Measure Clears Senate 6/11/14
Legislation that would improve public safety by preventing the theft of railway material received the unanimous approval of the state Senate this afternoon, according to bill sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

Joint Hearing Scheduled on Legislation to Reform the Act 111 Municipal Arbitration Process 6/11/14
The Senate Local Government Committee, jointly with the House Local Government Committee, will hold a public hearing on legislation to reform the municipal binding arbitration process. 

Baker Bill to Help More Military Families Heading to Governor’s Desk 6/11/14
The House on Monday unanimously approved a bill sponsored by state Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) that will help a greater number of military families who have fallen on hard times.
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Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee 6/11/14
PA Housing Affordability & Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund
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Senate Panel Approves McIlhinney Resolution to Improve Programs for Working Families 6/10/14
The Senate Aging and Youth Committee approved a resolution today that would help the state develop a strategy to help low-income working families achieve self-sufficiency.

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee to Study Affordable Housing Program 6/10/14
The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will hold a hearing June 11 to take a closer look at state efforts to promote affordable housing, according to Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

Senate Law and Justice Committee 6/10/14
SB 1182 (Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act)
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Senate Transportation Committee 6/10/14
Emergency Response to Vehicle Accidents: Turnpike, State Police and PennDOT
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Baker Bill Ensures Active-Duty Military Pay Would Remain Exempt From Local Income Tax 6/9/14
A bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) that will reinstate the local tax exemption for active-duty military pay has passed the Senate by a unanimous vote.

Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Vehicle Accident Emergency Response 6/9/14
The Senate Transportation Committee, chaired by Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery), will hold a public hearing on vehicle accident emergency response by the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission.

Senate News Brief 6/9/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

June 4, 2014 - Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati discusses the proposed legislation that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature, eliminate the office of Lt. Governor and downsize the state’s two appellate courts.

June 4, 2014 - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre) calls for straight talk on the need to balance the state budget in the wake of federal policies that drove up state costs.

June 4, 2014 - During session, Senator John Eichelberger urges passage of SB 1034, legislation to end the practice of using taxpayer-funded payroll systems to collect union dues for public sector unions.

PA Senate Passes Legislation to Further Protect Children 6/4/14
The State Senate today approved legislation to further protect Pennsylvania children from sexual abuse and impose a mandatory minimum sentence for murder of a child, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Senate Passes McIlhinney Bill to Improve Construction Code Review 6/3/14
The Senate approved legislation today that would improve the review process for potential changes to the state’s Uniform Construction Code, according to the bill’s sponsor Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee 6/3/14
PA Casino Industry
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Senate News Brief 6/2/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

Senator Folmer Visits Colorado for Medical Cannabis Education 5/30/14
Senator Mike Folmer will be visiting Colorado Springs, Colorado from May 30 to June 1 to meet with “medical refugees” from Pennsylvania, patients and families that have been forced to leave their home state in order to receive medical treatments to fight their illnesses.

Senate State Government Committee to Consider Proposals to Reduce Size of Legislature 5/29/14
While recent attention has been focused on the growing possibility of a broad gift ban being enacted, another long-argued reform measure is gaining new legislative life.

Push Renewed for Tougher Hit-and-Run Penalties 5/13/14
Wilkes-Barre – Luzerne County legislators and the District Attorney are joining in a renewed effort to increase the minimum mandatory sentence for drivers who fatally hit an individual and then flee the scene. 

Senate Law and Justice Committee to Hold Second Hearing Regarding Medical Cannabis 5/8/14
Following an informative hearing earlier this year regarding legislation to legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, the Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold a second public hearing on the issue on June 10.

Ward to Hold Hearing on Recently Released Statewide Gaming Report 5/7/14
State Senator Kim Ward (R-39), Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Senate Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee, announced today that the Committee will hold a hearing when the Senate returns to session in June to further discuss the findings in The Current Condition and Future Viability of Casino Gaming Report in Pennsylvania.

Vogel bill ending “summer” gasoline mandate goes to Governor 5/7/14
Legislation eliminating a “hidden” tax that drives up the costs of gasoline for western Pennsylvanians received final legislative approval Wednesday (May 7) and is headed to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law, according to Senator Elder Vogel, prime sponsor of the measure.

Senate State Government Committee 5/7/14
SB 1070
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Vance’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill Passes Senate 5/6/14
The Senate today approved legislation authored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) that expands the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to include Schedule II through V controlled substances.
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Senate Approves Vance Bill Extending Prescription Drug Discounts to Veterans in Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living Residences 5/6/14
The Senate on Monday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) that expands pharmaceutical costs saving measures to veterans residing in assisted living residence and personal care homes.

Senate Judiciary Committee 5/6/14
SB 621 and 1341; HB 112
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Senate Banking and Insurance Committee 5/6/14
SB 594
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Senate Transportation Committee 5/6/14
SB 1210, 1314; HB 1831, 1938 and 1939

Senate News Brief 5/5/14
A preview of what's ahead in the Senate and a review of recent legislative action.

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