News Releases

Williams Statement Following Philadelphia City Hall Hearing on Beverage Tax

Philadelphia – June 23, 2017 – The state Senate Local Government Committee met today in City Council Chambers in Philadelphia concerning the Philadelphia beverage tax, at the request of State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware).  Following the hearing,... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Statement on Auditor General’s Performance Audit of Penn State

Harrisburg, June 22, 2017— Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit report on Penn State University: “As a graduate of Penn State, I have long advocated for governance... » Read More

Lawmakers Unveil Legislation Creating Trust Fund for Youth Impacted by Prison System

HARRISBURG, June 21, 2017 — A bipartisan group of state senators and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today unveiled legislation to establish a public charitable trust to help children impacted by the prison system and reverse the direction of... » Read More

Senate Approves Fontana Bills to Aid Citizens with Sewer/Water Line Repairs

Harrisburg – June 21, 2017 – The Senate today unanimously approved two bills sponsored by state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs — especially... » Read More

Brewster Issues Statement on Approval of McKeesport Site for Medical Marijuana Grower Permit

Harrisburg – June 20, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Department of Health today awarded a medical marijuana grower and processor permit in the City of McKeesport to PurePenn LLC.  The... » Read More

Senator Haywood Officially Introduces Resolution to Name June “Gun Violence Awareness Month” in Pennslyvania

Harrisburg − June 20, 2017 − Officially introduced as SR 148, Senator Haywood’s resolution to recognize June as “Gun Violence Awareness” month in the commonwealth aims to bring continued understanding of, and spark legislative action against, the... » Read More

Television Program Features Discussion of Opioid Crisis, Brewster’s Legislation

Harrisburg – June 19, 2017 – The “Pennsylvania Report” featuring state Sen. Jim Brewster is focused on the state’s opioid and heroin crisis and Brewster’s legislation to effectively deal with the epidemic. “We need to find new ways to address the opioid... » Read More

Costa Thanks Attorney General Shapiro for Opioid Marketing Investigation

Harrisburg – June 15, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement thanking Attorney General Josh Shapiro for joining the investigation into potentially misleading pharmaceutical marketing campaigns. “We can’t simply wish this problem... » Read More

Sen. Hughes Unveils Legislation Addressing School Funding Inequities

PHILADELPHIA, June 15, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes, along with state and local advocates, today unveiled legislation that would provide funding to upgrade school facilities and ensure education equity in public schools.  The news conference was held at Cassidy... » Read More

Costa Takes Steps to hold Pharmaceutical Industry Accountable for Opioid Crisis

Harrisburg – June 15, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today signaled his intent to introduce a resolution urging Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to file suit against the pharmaceutical industry for deceptive and unfair marketing... » Read More

Sen. Street Resolution Recognizing Eid al-Fitr Holiday Approved in Senate

HARRISBURG, June 14, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously approved a Senate resolution authored by state Sen. Sharif Street observing June 25, 2017 as “Eid al-Fitr Day” in Pennsylvania in recognition of the Muslim holiday. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated... » Read More

Senate Democrats, Pittsburgh Mayor Advance Efforts on Climate Change Despite Trump

Harrisburg – June 13, 2017 –  Committed to positioning Pennsylvania as a leader in the battle against global climate change, Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) and Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware), along with Pittsburgh Mayor... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Comments on Legislative Activity on Pennsylvania’s Recycling Program

Harrisburg, June 13, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding the public hearing held today by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution and Conservation Committee on Act 101 of 1988, which established... » Read More

Senator Baker and Senator Yudichak React to Federal Denial for Disaster Declaration Request

Harrisburg, June 13, 2017 — State Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th district) and State Senator John Yudichak (D-14th District) issued a joint statement following today’s announcement that the Commonwealth’s appeal for a federal disaster declaration for the financially... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Statement on Governor Wolf Signing Pension Reform Bill into Law

Harrisburg, June 12, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf signed pension reform (SB 1) into law: “Pennsylvania took an important first-step today to curtail escalating pension liabilities and... » Read More

Fontana Resists President’s Decision on Paris Accord; Calls for Meeting with Trump

Harrisburg – June 8, 2017 – Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today called on President Trump to meet with leaders from the City of Pittsburgh to understand the impact of his decision to exit the Paris Accord, before using the city as an example for the world. “The... » Read More

Boscola Statement on Pension Reform Passage

Bethlehem, June 8, 2017 – Following today’s House vote and the governor’s pledge to enact the bill, state Senator Lisa Boscola today provided the following statement on the public employee pension reform bill (Senate Bill 1): “In 2001, I voted against the... » Read More

Senate Approves Resolution Creating Task Force to Investigate Threat of Lead Exposure in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, June 6, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 33 (SR 33) — which creates a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem — was approved unanimously by the full Senate... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Announces Support for Pension Reform Bill

Harrisburg, June 5, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), long an advocate of pension reform, voted in favor of the Senate’s pension reform bill (SB 1) because it responsibly protects the retirement security of state employees, while reducing the financial... » Read More

Costa, Fontana React to Trump Paris Accord Decision; Redouble Efforts in Pa

Harrisburg – June 3, 2017 – Stunned at President Donald J. Trump’s dismissal of climate change and abandonment of the Paris climate accord, Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today stated their intentions to position Pennsylvania to lead... » Read More