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Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day!

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since.  The 2020 Election is so important for the future of our democracy. That’s why we need everyone to get out and have their voice heard though the ballot.

Virtual Recovery & Resource Town Hall

Every year, the PA Senate Democrats host open houses on recovery resources throughout the state; however, COVID-19 has made gatherings like this unsafe and we are offering a virtual townhall this year instead. Join us on September 21 at 6pm for a statewide virtual townhall where we will hear from experts, advocates and survivors about the journey to recovery and the resources that are available in Pennsylvania. Following remarks from our panel, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Apply today for Your Mail-in Ballot

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our every day lives. Your voice is needed now more than ever as we navigate a crisis we’ve never faced and work to make sure our communities aren’t left behind.

Over one million Pennsylvanians voted by mail in the 2020 primary election. Applications for a mail-in ballots are now being accepted. Please take the time to apply for a mail-in ballot to vote safely from your home. October 19 is your last day to do so.

PA Senate Democrats & CDFI Network Announce $96 Million in Small Business Grants

Statewide, Pa. – August 10, 2020 – The Pennsylvania CDFI Network and the PA State Senator Democrats today announced $96 million in grant awards under the COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program. The small businesses that have been approved for awards span all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

PA Senate Passes Two Major Law Enforcement Reform Bills

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed two major pieces of police reform legislation, both sponsored by members of the Senate Democratic Caucus: Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. and Senator Sharif Street.

Senator Costa’s bill, Senate Bill 459, mandates that all police departments maintain records of use of force incidents that detail the event, including the reason for the use of force, detail of the injuries inflicted, as well as property damage or death. Those records are to be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Police, and reports issued to the General Assembly.

Senator Street’s bill, Senate Bill 1205, bans the use of chokeholds in an officer’s efforts to detain an individual and would require every municipal police department to adopt a use of force policy, publish that policy for the public and train its officers to that standard.

I have no room in my heart for hatred and frankly, I do not have time for intolerance.

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health

Thank you, Dr. Levine! 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Senate Democrats introduce legislative solutions for working families during the COVID-19 outbreak and business closures.

Click below to view legislation, stay up-to-date on the latest news, find important resources and more.

For information on the Coronavirus, please visit the Department of Health’s website

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