Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.

This week, the House and the Senate were both in session to again work on passing legislation related to helping Pennsylvania cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we have made some substantial progress in addressing the concerns we’re hearing from all over the Commonwealth, it’s clear we have to achieve goals as we continue to try and hit a moving target in regards to fighting the virus.  One question that has been consistently asked by constituents over the past several weeks has been if we have, or have been considering, a plan to return to normal or to open back up the economy.  This is something we tried to tackle this week in Harrisburg.

Senate Bill 327:

  • Adds more transparency to actions taken by the Governor during the emergency declaration.
  • Creates a Task Force made up of members of the Governor’s administration, the legislature and the courts to begin to make a plan to move Pennsylvania forward.
  • Allows Counties to form their own mitigation plan as a way to exhibit local control over how they deal with the pandemic.

Senate Bill 613:

  • Allows the Governor to develop a plan that allows every business identified as essential infrastructure by national standards the opportunity to reopen, utilizing CISA and CDC safety measures, if they so choose.
  • To clear up any misinformation about this bill, Senate Bill 613 DOES NOT:
    • Eliminate or end the disaster declaration.
    • End social distancing recommendations.
    • End stay at home orders.
    • Require ALL businesses to open.
    • Require approved businesses to open with no safeguards.
    • Force employees back to work.
    • Force citizens back out into public.

More news on the passage of these two bills can be found here.

Lastly, I encourage you to continue to stay calm and safe in whichever way you can as we ride this out together. I have been sending out newsletters almost daily with the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 with specific information related to our area.  If you’re interested, you can sign up to receive these newsletters on my website,  You can also keep an eye on my website for news releases, email me with questions or concerns, or find contact information for my district offices which you can get in touch with if you need anything.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.


Senator Bob Mensch

24th Senatorial District