February 13, 2018: Governor Tom Wolf has rejected a congressional district map submitted to him by Republican leadership in the legislature, saying it’s still too partisan. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa says the Governor is now asking for input on the map from Democratic lawmakers
February 9, 2018: State Senator John Yudichak is co-hosting a round table discussion at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre on legislation that would require the state to test young children for exposure to lead.
February 9, 2018: A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, including Senator Art Haywood, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, says it’s time for the Commonwealth to develop a retirement security program for its citizens.
February 5, 2018: The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts in Pennsylvania to proceed, denying a plea from Republicans legislative leaders to block it. Senator Daylin Leach talks about what happens next:
Senator John Yudichak tells why this decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is important:
February 5, 2018: Senators Tina Tartaglione and Art Haywood are introducing legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, saying it will be good for workers and for the state’s economy.
February 2, 2018: The state Senate has passed and sent to the House Senator John Blake’s bill that would allow municipalities to help businesses pay for energy-efficient upgrades.
January 31, 2018: Senator John Yudichak says the state Senate has authorized spending to help municipalities meet their environmental needs through the Growing Greener program.
January 31, 2018: Legislation named “Marsy’s Law” has been introduced in the state Senate. Senator John Sabatina says the bill would make sure victims have the same rights and due process as the accused in a court of law.
January 30, 2018: Democrats in the state Senate have laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018.
January 24, 2018: Recently the Federal Communications Commission voted to get rid of net neutrality, which would allow internet service providers to charge more for certain services. Senator Larry Farnese has introduced legislation that would make sure the state stays net neutral.
January 23, 2018: Senator Vincent Hughes joined with fellow lawmakers and supporters of a plan called the “Pennsylvania Promise.” They say it’s a way to spur the state’s economic growth by making sure more students can attend college.
January 23, 2018: Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania, including Senator Sharif Street, say it could generate new revenue for the state in a number of ways.
January 22, 2018: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably” violates the state constitution and ordered the legislature to draw up a new map for use in the May 2018 primaries. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa says all parties should come together as soon as possible to get the re-drawing process underway.
Senator John Yudichak says he hopes voters get involved in the re-drawing of the map.
January 12, 2018: Pennsylvania celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a call from Senator Sharif Street for co-operation and understanding.
January 11, 2018: As the 102nd Farm Show winds down in Harrisburg, state Senators Judy Schwank and Sharif Street say the thousands of exhibits are examples of how important agriculture is to Pennsylvania’s economy and the day-to-day lives of its residents.
January 11, 2018: Senator John Yudichak says two new companies are ready to move in to the Hanover Industrial Estates industrial park, bringing thousands of new jobs — and the developer of that site is ready to begin work on another.
January 9, 2018: Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa has set some goals for the legislature in the new year.
January 8, 2018: The 102nd Farm Show is underway in Harrisburg. Senator Judy Schwank says that this year the Show is highlighting the many different aspects of Pennsylvania farming and farmers.