April 23, 2018: Legislation co-sponsored by Senator John Blake and supported by several of his colleagues would upgrade a 20 year-old law to license social workers — a law that hasn’t been touched since it was first passed.
April 20, 2018: The state Supreme Court says a township scammed out of more than 800 thousand dollars can’t get its money back. Senator Lisa Boscola says taxpayers are the real losers, and she’s introducing legislation to change that.
April 19, 2018: A recent landslide in western Pennsylvania that collapsed part of a major roadway has called attention to many parts of the state that are susceptible to landslides. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa says legislation is being introduced to address the problem.
April 18, 2018: The state Senate has passed and sent to the House legislation co-sponsored by Senator Andy Dinniman that will increase mandatory sentences for repeat drunk drivers who are involved in fatal accidents.
April 17, 2018: Senator Lisa Boscola joined activists in urging the House of Representatives to act on a bill that would allow nurse-practitioners to practice independently, especially in areas of the state where doctors are scarce.
April 16, 2018: The state Secretary of Health has approved revisions to Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law that includes allowing the use of the whole plant, including dried leaves. Senator Daylin Leach calls it “a great day for Pennsylvania.”
April 13, 2018: Senator John Sabatina’s resolution designating April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month passed unanimously in the state Senate. He says the state is trying to make sure that all who are on the autism spectrum get the help they need.
April 11, 2018: The Governor’s office held a ceremony at the Capitol in Harrisburg marking the Day of Remembrance for victims of the Holocaust. Senator Andy Dinniman was one of the featured speakers, and he said the Holocaust is not over.
April 10, 2018: This week is one of remembrance of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust in Germany during World War Two. Senator Andy Dinniman says it’s also a time when we say “Never Again.”
April 9, 2018: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Senator Tina Tartaglione has sponsored a Senate Resolution encouraging communities to speak out against sexual violence in order to prevent it.
April 5, 2018: Governor Wolf and Senate Democrats have unveiled a package of bills designed to address sexual harassment in the workplace.
April 4, 2018: Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa has introduced legislation that he hopes will be a major help in the state’s fight against the opioid epidemic, after Governor Wolf extended his disaster declaration.
April 4, 2018: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The Pennsylvania Senate marked the occasion with a special Resolution sponsored by Senator Vincent Hughes.
March 29, 2018: Senator Lisa Boscola’s bill making its way through the Pennsylvania Senate would let ordinary citizens set federal and state political boundaries to prevent gerrymandering.
March 28, 2018: A rally at the state Capitol called for passage of Senator Sharif Street’s legislation that would put an end to sentences of life without parole in Pennsylvania.
March 27, 2018: A Resolution introduced by state Senator Judy Schwank calls on Pennsylvania companies to put women in more executive positions.
March 27, 2018: A state Senate committee looking into Pennsylvania’s Redistricting problems heard from Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, who says he has a solution that would work more quickly than other proposals.
March 26, 2018: Governor Wolf was joined by Senate Democrats in calling for changes to the way the state allows citizens to vote.
March 23, 2018: Legislation from state Senators Judy Schwank and Art Haywood would make it easier for you to get fresh foods from smaller farms
March 22, 2018: The state Senate has approved a package of bills, including legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Boscola and Senator Art Haywood, to help those who are victims of domestic violence and other crimes.
March 21, 2018: Decisions by a federal court and the U.S. Supreme Court mean Pennsylvania’s districts for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are set. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa talks about what that means for voters.
March 20, 2018: A group of citizens living in the path of the under-construction Mariner 2 gas pipeline traveled to the state Capitol in Harrisburg with a message for Governor Wolf. Senator Daylin Leach was there to help them, but they found their path to the Governor blocked.
March 14, 2018: The state Senate is almost done with the year’s budget hearings, and Senator Vincent Hughes says there could be a surprise when all is said and done.
March 9, 2018: Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa says there are two immediate steps Pennsylvania can take in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
March 2, 2018: Experts talked with the Senate Education Committee about the best way to keep Pennsylvania’s schools safe. Senator Andy Dinniman says their recommendations included more secure buildings and a better sense of community.
February 26, 2018: Pennsylvania’s Treasury is launching a pilot program in six counties to start a college savings account for every baby born or adopted in those counties, and deposit the first 100 dollars in that account. Senator Vincent Hughes is working on legislation to bring that program to every baby born or adopted in the Commonwealth.
February 20, 2018: Senator Vincent Hughes took the opportunity of a budget hearing with State Treasurer Joe Torsella to address a housing discrimination problem in Philadelphia and ask for the Treasurer’s help.
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.