News Releases

PA Senate Democrats Push Back on Trump’s ACA Enrollment Changes

HARRISBURG, November 1, 2017 — Following President Trump’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act by limiting open enrollment, the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus will ramp up efforts to ensure eligible individuals gain health insurance through the... » Read More

Senators Urge Yes Vote on Property Tax Ballot Referendum

Citizens of Pennsylvania will have an opportunity to cast their vote for an important ballot question which could lead to real property tax reform. We are urging citizens to vote yes.  » Read More

Lawmakers Applaud Measure Creating Trust Fund for Youth Impacted by Prison System

HARRISBURG, October 31, 2017 — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel applauded the passage of legislation to establish a public charitable trust to aid children impacted by the prison system and reverse the... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Hosts Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Public Hearing on Lead Exposure and Mitigation

PITTSTON, October 30, 2017– The state Senate Environmental Resources & Energy (ERE) Committee held a public hearing today in Pittston on lead exposure and mitigation in Pennsylvania. Testifiers at the hearing offered a regional perspective on lead policy in... » Read More

Brewster: Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Coverage Begins Nov. 1

Harrisburg – October 30, 2017 — Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) reminded individuals and families who need health coverage through the Affordable Care Act for 2018 that the open enrollment period begins on Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. “It is important... » Read More

Sabatina: Home Heating Assistance Application Opens Nov. 1  

PHILADELPHIA, October 30, 2017 — State Sen. John Sabatina today announced that residents in need of home heating assistance can apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) starting Nov. 1.   The federally funded LIHEAP... » Read More

Leach Bill to Require Integrated Annual Budget Vote

HARRISBURG – October 30, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to change the way the Commonwealth conducts its annual budget process. Leach’s statement: “The 2017 budget season illustrated a huge flaw in our process.... » Read More

Senator Tartaglione, Police Captain Remind Trick or Treaters and Parents to Celebrate Halloween Safely

These valuable tips can prevent the sweetest holiday of the year from turning sour PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 28, 2017 – Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year. It’s the first big holiday of the autumn. It’s a rare opportunity for kids, young and... » Read More

Senator Tartaglione Gets Flu Shot, Delivers Information to Seniors and Caregivers in Fox Chase

PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 27, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is a firm believer in preventative medicine. On Thursday morning, she let her arm do her talking on the subject. Sen. Tartaglione chose her own Senior Expo at Fox Chase Recreation Center to receive her annual flu shot courtesy of Rite Aid. The Pennsylvania-headquartered pharmacy chain was among 60 public and private agencies and service providers who participated in the senator’s third Senior Expo of the year and her first ever at the Northeast Philadelphia venue. » Read More

Senator Farnese Applauds Passage of Gaming Legislation, Economic Development Funding for Philadelphia

Harrisburg, PA – October 26, 2017 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) voted for the omnibus gaming bill that is on its way to the Governor. The bill, House Bill 271, is an important piece of the budget and included the fix to the local share assessment. The... » Read More

Dozens of Residents Learn About Overdose Crisis at Leach Forum

HARRISBURG – October 26, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) last night joined about 30 local residents, community leaders, and experts in substance abuse treatment for his Opioid Crisis Forum at the Upper Merion Township Building in Montgomery... » Read More

Schwank Named to Pennsylvania Commission for Women

Harrisburg, October 25, 2017 − Gov. Tom Wolf recently named Sen. Judy Schwank to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor on policies... » Read More

Schwank Bill on POW-MIA Flag Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, October 25, 2017  Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would require the POW-MIA flag to be flown whenever the American and state flags are flown on state grounds was approved by the Senate today. Senate Bill 882, which Schwank... » Read More

Brewster, Human Services Corp., YWCA to Host Health Coverage and LIHEAP Enrollment Event

Harrisburg – October 25, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), in partnership with Human Services Center Corporation (HSCC) in Turtle Creek and the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, will be hosting a health coverage and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance... » Read More

Hughes: Legislation Addresses ‘Stop-and-Go’ Liquor, Fixes City AVI

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement on the passage of legislation that addresses problematic “stop and go” liquor businesses.  The measure also establishes a fix for the city’s Actual Value... » Read More

Democratic Senators to Gov. Wolf and General Assembly: Make Rebuilding Manufacturing a Priority

October 23, 2017 − National Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October. While noting the importance of manufacturing on this one day is important, the focus on rebuilding our manufacturing base should be a priority for the governor and the General Assembly each day. » Read More

Elected Officials and Advocates Stand Together for Expanded Hate Crimes Legislation

Harrisburg, PA – October 24, 2017 – This morning, elected officials stood with advocates to push for an expansion of Pennsylvania’s hate crime definition. As state law currently stands race, color, religion or national origin are protected classes under the hate... » Read More

Sabatina Collecting Donations of Winter Outerwear to Help Local Families

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24, 2017—State Sen. John Sabatina is participating in Catholic Community Services’ ninth annual Operation Bundle Up by collecting winter coats and winter accessories for families in the community. Donations of new or gently used coats, hats, scarves,... » Read More

Senator Tartaglione Welcomes Disability Employment Advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol

HARRISBURG, PA, October 23, 2017 – Pennsylvania Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s annual Disability Employment Awareness Day connected hundreds of State Capitol visitors with advocacy organizations from across the Commonwealth this afternoon. » Read More

City of Hazleton to Provide Police Coverage to Banks Township

Hazleton, October 23, 2017 —  Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat today announced a municipal agreement between Banks Township and the city of Hazleton for the Hazleton Police Department to provide police coverage to Banks Township. “Today’s announcement shows that... » Read More