News Releases

Senator Yudichak Announces Grant for Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

NANTICOKE, September 13, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) has received a $390,000 federal grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental... » Read More

Leach Asks Medical Marijuana Plaintiff to Withdraw Request for Statewide Injunction

HARRISBURG – September 11, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today sent an open letter to the law firm representing Keystone ReLeaf LLC, which is asking the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to halt the statewide implementation of Act 16 of 2016,... » Read More

Hughes Introduces ‘It’s on Us PA’ Bill Expanding Office of Safe Schools to Include Colleges

HARRISBURG, September 6, 2017 — As part of ongoing efforts to prevent sexual violence on college campuses, state Sen. Vincent Hughes has introduced legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s Office of Safe Schools to cover postsecondary institutions. This... » Read More

Sen. Sharif Street to be Honored by The Made Man Initiative This Friday

PHILADELPHIA, September 6, 2017 — State Sen. Sharif Street will be honored as a distinguished leader by The Made Man Initiative this Friday, Sept. 8 in the Lower Level Atrium/Art Gallery of the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Philadelphia. The Made Man is a... » Read More

Leach Comments on Trump’s Decision to End DACA

HARRISBURG – September 5, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) immigration policy. In ending DACA, Trump will deport... » Read More

Senate Democrats Hail Gov. Wolf’s Call for Testing of Young Children

Harrisburg – Sept. 1, 2017 – State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes and Senate Democrats applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s support of universal testing of children under the age of 2 to determine their risk of lead poisoning.  » Read More

Leach Reintroduces Bill for $15 Minimum Wage

HARRISBURG, Pa – August 31, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced his bill to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $15. The bill would also index the minimum wage to inflation and eliminate the tipped minimum... » Read More

Democrat Leach & Republican Vulakovich Partner on School Sunscreen Bill

HARRISBURG, Pa – August 30, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today joined Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to announce their proposal to allow students to apply sunscreen while in school without a doctor’s authorization or the... » Read More

Leach Reintroduces Bill to Require Paid Family Leave for Employees

HARRISBURG, Pa – August 24, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced his bill to require some Pennsylvania employers to offer paid family leave to certain employees. Leach is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 862, which would... » Read More

Senator Art Haywood Brings Together Advocacy Groups to Urge Legislators to Raise the Minimum Wage

Abington, PA – August 18, 2017 – Senator Art Haywood (D – Philadelphia/Montgomery) yesterday convened leadership from local advocacy groups to urge state legislators to raise the minimum wage in light of ongoing budget delays. “With a revenue package not yet... » Read More

Boscola and Stefano Work to Toughen Restitution Law

Bethlehem, August 17, 2017 – State Senators Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) are introducing legislation that would enable government, business and nonprofit entities to collect restitution against criminals. “Taxpayers, businesses and charities... » Read More

State Senator Art Haywood Takes Lead on Domestic Terrorism Policy

PHILADELPHIA, August 16, 2017 – State Senator Art Haywood today announced his plans to lead an immediate, extensive reconstruction of terrorism legislation in Pennsylvania.  The measure is in response to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend... » Read More

Leach Introduces Resolution Condemning White Supremacists and Asks Colleagues for Support

HARRISBURG – August 16, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today introduced a Senate resolution condemning white supremacists and asked all members of the Senate to cosponsor it. In a co-sponsorship memo to his colleagues, Leach explained that the... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on PA Attorney General Narcotics Investigation

WILKES-BARRE, August 11, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commended the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement officials as Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of 14 people on charges stemming from a $1... » Read More

Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil Issue Joint Statement on City of Hazleton Financial Distress Filing

NANTICOKE, August 9, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding Mayor Jeff Cusat’s request to place the City of Hazleton in Pennsylvania’s Act 47 Program for financially distressed communities. “No community... » Read More

Sen. Hughes Invites Community to Upcoming ‘Neighborhood Block Party with a Purpose’

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8, 2017 — To celebrate the relocation of his Philadelphia district office, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, along with his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph, his staff and the City Ave Special Services District, invites the community to an upcoming Neighborhood Block... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Announces Education Grants in Luzerne County

NANTICOKE, August 4, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (“DOE”) awarded a series of education grants in Luzerne County including a $306,000 Pre-K Counts grant to the Luzerne... » Read More

Carbon County Council of Governments Announces First Equipment Purchase and Successful Training Session

PARRYVILLE, August 8, 2017 – The Carbon County Council of Governments (“CCCOG”) announced today the purchase of an Asphalt Zipper and a successful training session on the equipment for the members’ municipal workers. The training session took place at the Parryville... » Read More

Sen. Tartaglione’s Picnic in Norris Square Park Brings Community Together

Harrisburg – August 4, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s (D-Philadelphia) community picnic held on Thursday in Norris Square Park was a resounding success with hundreds attending and more than 500 backpacks handed out to school students, Tartaglione... » Read More

Yudichak Announces Pre-K Counts Grant for Lehighton Area School District

HARRISBURG, August 3, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Lehighton Area School District was awarded a $170,000 Pre-Kindergarten (“Pre-K”) Counts grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support Pre-K... » Read More