Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
We continued our business of guiding the Commonwealth through the COVID-19 pandemic this week in Harrisburg, as we were in session to again vote on some legislation related to combatting Coronavirus in Pennsylvania. While the week started off in an alarming fashion with a protest at the Capitol organized by groups that want the Governor to end the state of lockdown in which we currently find ourselves, we continue to advocate for the same social distancing and mitigation practices that have helped us flatten the curve so far. That being said, we are still working toward a reasonable solution to reopening Pennsylvania’s economy.
The Governor unfortunately vetoed Senate Bill 613 on Monday, a common-sense piece of legislation which would allow certain businesses to reopen using the same CDC and CISA guidelines that over 40 other states are using. However, that did not deter us from acting on other meaningful bills. Most notably, we voted two pieces of legislation out of the Senate this week that would help with the pandemic, Senate Bill 857 which would broadly authorize and require insurers to cover telemedicine and House Bill 1869 which adds crucial first responders to the Heart and Lung Act in order to cover them if they contract COVID-19 during their official duties.
On a smaller level, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee joined with the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee in holding a hearing where we could get examine the impact COVID-19 has on employers and their employees as well as get some questions answered by the Administration over the frustrations we keep hearing from our communities. The full hearing can be viewed 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, senatormensch.com. 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