2019-2020 State Budget

Budget season is in full swing at the Capitol. 

Check out PaSenate.com/Budget for the latest budget news, budget documents, and to watch completed budget hearings.

Policy Hearings

Good legislation is not created in a vacuum. We believe that the best way to craft and inform laws is to hear from experts and those we are elected to represent.

That is why we host policy hearings that cover issues that are important to Pennsylvanians.

For information, recaps, and a schedule on upcoming hearings, check PASenate.com/Policy.

Real ID in PA


Beginning October 2020, Real ID will be required to board domestic commercial flights, enter federal buildings or enter military bases that require ID.

Real ID will be available for Pennsylvanians starting in March 2019. 
For more information, visit PaSenate.com/RealID

Reducing Gun Violence

At the request of state Senator Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia), the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on ways to prevent gun violence in Pennsylvania.

“This policy hearing is to share proven solutions to reduce gun violence,” Haywood said. “I thank the advocates and Senator Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) for making this happen. The time to act in Pennsylvania is now.”

Improving Air Quality

On February 7, 2019, Senate Democrats hosted a joint policy committee hearing in Clairton with the House Democrats on ways to improve air quality, community notification procedures and emergency response. 

The hearing focused on the recent fire that took place at the Clairton Coke Works, the release of emissions from the plant and the damage to the gas processing system. 

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