Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

It’s been a trying and unprecedented several weeks, but it’s safe to say that we’re certainly a few steps closer to fighting off this pandemic and return to some semblance of normal in our lives.  This week, there was important votes in the Senate that moved the needle in terms of helping our citizens, our communities, and our livelihoods.

On Tuesday, we passed Senate Bill 1122. This bill includes the following appropriations from funds provided by the CARES Act:

  • $449 million for Medical Assistance –  Long-Term Care;
  • $8 million for Medical Assistance –  Long-Term Care – Managed Care;
  • $50 million for Community HealthChoices; and,
  • $31 million for Fire and EMS Services.

On Wednesday, we passed House Bill 2388 and HB 2412.  These bills would grant waivers to the following industries to be allowed to operate within the Commonwealth:

  • Barbers and hairdressers;
  • Pet groomers;
  • Lawn and Garden Centers;
  • Messenger and Agent Services; and,
  • Real Estate Services.

Finally, we again passed Senate Bill 327 which allows counties the ability to make their own decision on whether or not to reopen, not be subject to inconsistent and unclear metrics established by the Governor. 

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Aging & Youth and Local Government Committees held a joint hearing on the ability for Counties to open up safely.  There was testimony from doctors from UPMC as well as some County Commissioners from around the State.  More information on the hearing and testimony can be found here.

All of the issues that we acted on this week are a direct result of the concerns that we’ve been hearing from our constituents, particularly mine.  The people are speaking, and they want consistency, transparency, and a clear plan forward which respects their freedoms and their ability to make their own decisions in terms of their health and their families.

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