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Heroin Hearings

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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), continues its series of public hearings to explore policies to reduce heroin and opioid addiction, including prevention, treatment and policing.

State Budget

BudgetButton - 250 The state Senate passed a balanced and on-time state budget bill that boosts education funding to historic levels and fights the state’s opioid epidemic with no broad-based tax increase.

Rafferty Bill Becomes Law to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program

Rafferty Bill Becomes Law to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program

July 21, 2016

Act 101 was signed into law yesterday to provide necessary enhancements to Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program that was established through Act 89 of 2013, the Commonwealth’s historic transportation funding investment plan.

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Op-Ed: Senator Scott Wagner - The Entire Way of Doing Business in Harrisburg Has to Change

July 20, 2016

Harrisburg has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Final Pieces of Budget Help Schools Hire Substitute Teachers,  Promote School Partnerships

Final Pieces of Budget Help Schools Hire Substitute Teachers, Promote School Partnerships

July 13, 2016

A comprehensive education bill passed the Senate today as one of the final pieces of the 2016-2017 budget, and included initiatives inspired by two Lancaster-area senators to alleviate the substitute teacher shortage and incentivize the sharing of superintendents and other administrative services.

Legislation Honoring Fallen Local Firefighter Sent to Governor

Legislation Honoring Fallen Local Firefighter Sent to Governor

July 13, 2016

Legislation that includes language introduced by Senator Scott Hutchinson to honor a local firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty received final legislative approval this week and was sent to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Stefano Bill Establishing Restricted Fund for ATV Activities Set for Enactment

Stefano Bill Establishing Restricted Fund for ATV Activities Set for Enactment

July 13, 2016

Legislation introduced by Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) to ensure that funds received through the registration, certification and enforcement of all-terrain vehicles in Pennsylvania are used specifically to support ATV activities received final legislative approval and is now set to be signed into law.

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House Bill 1948

July 11, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee - July 11, 2016

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Statement from Senators Scarnati and Corman

July 10, 2016

Unfortunately, a final revenue agreement has not yet been reached. Various proposals have been put on the table. Negotiations persist and we remain committed to continuing to work toward reaching a final compromise that will fully fund the approved spending plan while at the same time does not include broad-based increases in income or sales taxes.

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News for Constituents -

July 8, 2016

More than $136 million in unclaimed tangible property and money was returned to its rightful owners during 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Treasury.

Governor Signs Civil Service Modernization Measure

Governor Signs Civil Service Modernization Measure

July 8, 2016

Governor Wolf signed into law Thursday Senate Bill 1154, a measure introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich that will streamline and modernize Pennsylvania’s Civil Service Act.

Senator Mensch’s Bill to Continue State Military College Legislative Appointment Program Becomes Law

Senator Mensch’s Bill to Continue State Military College Legislative Appointment Program Becomes Law

July 7, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) to remove the sunset date of June 30, 2016 from the “State Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative” (Act 29 of 2012) was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf today.

Third Saturday of July Designated Anthracite Heritage Day in Pennsylvania

Third Saturday of July Designated Anthracite Heritage Day in Pennsylvania

July 6, 2016

The Senate has adopted a resolution sponsored by five senators from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal country officially designating July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in the state.
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News Conference Scheduled for Thursday July 7 in the Wilkes-Barre Area  To Outline Implementation of PA’s New DUI Ignition Interlock Law

News Conference Scheduled for Thursday July 7 in the Wilkes-Barre Area To Outline Implementation of PA’s New DUI Ignition Interlock Law

July 5, 2016

Senator John Rafferty (R-44), local officials, families of DUI victims, and other advocacy groups will hold a news conference at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 7 at Kaschak’s Foreign & American Auto, 115 Oxford Street, Hanover Township, Luzerne County.

Senator Mensch’s Bill to Adjust Retailer Presumptive Minimum Price of Cigarettes Passes Senate

Senator Mensch’s Bill to Adjust Retailer Presumptive Minimum Price of Cigarettes Passes Senate

July 1, 2016

Senator Bob Mensch’s (R-24) Senate Bill 691 to adjust the retailer presumptive minimum price of cigarettes formula passed the Senate unanimously.

Smucker Bill to Ease the Substitute Teacher Shortage Passes the Senate

Smucker Bill to Ease the Substitute Teacher Shortage Passes the Senate

June 30, 2016

A bill authored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) to increase the pool of substitute teachers across the state passed the Senate today.
 

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HB 1998

June 30, 2016

Senate Local Government Committee - July 1, 2016

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