News Releases

Senator Yudichak and Corrections Officers Union Call on General Assembly to Approve Comprehensive Prison Closure Reform

NANTICOKE, August 2, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) urged the General Assembly to approve reforms of Pennsylvania’s prison closure process as quickly as possible. Last week, the Senate passed House Bill 118, an omnibus Administrative Code bill, that... » Read More

Brewster Applauds PurePenn at Groundbreaking in McKeesport

McKeesport – July 27, 2017 – At today’s groundbreaking for PurePenn, one of Pennsylvania’s first medical cannabis facilities, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) offered words of thanks and encouragement to the company for investing in McKeesport... » Read More

Sen. Hughes Comments on Senate Passage of State Budget Revenue Package

HARRISBURG, July 28, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a package of revenue bills needed to fund the 2017-18 state budget. “This revenue package, though imperfect, represents a bipartisan compromise among four... » Read More

Tartaglione Says Revenue Package that includes AVI Fix Helps Philadelphia, Provides Fiscal Stability

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today that the bipartisan revenue package adopted by the state Senate would fix the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) for Philadelphia and is a vast improvement, but new provisions impacting collective bargaining rights for teachers is an affront to labor unions that would cause irreparable harm. » Read More

Boscola, Brown Hail Senate Approval of Northampton County P3

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Northampton County Executive John Brown released the following statements applauding the Senate’s approval of legislation that provides more flexibility for the redevelopment of a correctional... » Read More

Senate Includes Fontana’s Water Line Replacement Language in Revenue Package

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – The state Senate today approved a budget revenue package that includes state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s legislation that would allow local governments to tap various government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line... » Read More

Senator Haywood’s Statement on the Pennsylvania Revenue Package

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – Senator Haywood today released the below statement following the Pennsylvania State Senate vote on the Pennsylvania revenue package: “I am happy that senate leaders were able to work together to reach an agreement on this revenue package.... » Read More

Senator John Yudichak Comments on a Natural Gas Severance Tax

Harrisburg, July 26, 2017—Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, issued the following statement after an amendment establishing a natural gas severance tax was adopted by the Senate... » Read More

Despite Melan-Collie Weather, Leach’s Dog Park Day Shepherds in Good Times

HARRISBURG – July 25, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) yesterday held his 9th annual Dog Park Day in the bark-ing lot of the Haverford Reserve Dog Park in Haverford, Pa. Under ruff-looking clouds that threatened rain throughout the event,... » Read More

Lawmakers Highlight Need to End Budget Impasse, Fund State-Related Universities 

PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2017  — As Pennsylvania prepares to enter a fourth week without a state budget revenue package, a budget bill that funds the five state-related universities has become embroiled in the state budget funding standoff. State... » Read More

Costa, Dermody: House Republicans Using Universities as Budget Pawns

Harrisburg – July 19, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House Republican leadership’s continuing refusal to call the House into session to... » Read More

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority Launches Regional Stormwater Management Project

WILKES-BARRE, July 18, 2017 — On the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (“WVSA”) launched an innovative regional stormwater management project that could be a springboard for other cooperative efforts between the region’s... » Read More

Rick Kauffman Named to Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

Harrisburg, July 18, 2017 – On Monday, July 17th, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Rick Kauffman’s appointment by Gov. Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Kauffman, Bern Township, was nominated by Sen. Judy Schwank. “Rick served Penn State... » Read More

Senator John Yudichak Releases Statement on Welfare Reform Bill

HARRISBURG, July 10, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate approved a welfare reform bill (“SB 6”) this afternoon intended to deter fraud and preserve government benefits for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and the working poor. Senator John T. Yudichak... » Read More

Reading Revolution Summer Programs Kick Off in the Northwest

 PHILADELPHIA – July 10, 2017 – Senator Art Haywood (4th District) today announced the opening of the inaugural “Read to Succeed” summer camps he is hosting in partnership with Senator Vince Hughes, as well as the start of his third annual “Read by Fourth”... » Read More

Brewster’s Police Officers’ Training Commission Legislation Clears Senate

Harrisburg – July 9, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the legislation he offered to change the composition of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission is long overdue and is a common-sense change that... » Read More

Boscola Comments on Senate Passage of 2017-18 State Budget

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola remarked on the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the 2017-18 state appropriation bill. The legislation now goes to the House for approval. “I voted for this budget bill (House Bill 218) because it makes key investments... » Read More

Boscola Lauds Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Lehigh Valley

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola provided the following statement after the state Department of Health today awarded two Lehigh Valley businesses medical marijuana dispensary permits. When medical marijuana becomes available to patients next year, only... » Read More

Leach Unsatisfied By Bare Bones Budget

HARRISBURG – June 29, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the $31.9 billion spending deal reached today for Pennsylvania’s 2017-2018 budget. The deal was amended into House Bill 218 at 10:15pm Thursday night by the Senate... » Read More

Senator John Yudichak Announces $1 Million Award for Demolition of Coxton Bridge

WILKES-BARRE, June 28, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) has awarded $1 million to finance the demolition of the Coxton Bridge. The funds will be provided through the 2013... » Read More