Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights May 15, 2020

Dear Friends,

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

It was a relatively quiet week in Harrisburg as the Senate was not in session, however there was some still some legislative activity with the House being in session and the Governor vetoing three bills which would have further opened up the State with proper safety protocols.  In terms of what he did sign, however, was House Bill 327 which the General Assembly passed in order to allow bars and restaurants to sell mixed drinks and prepared sprits to go in hopes to help them stay afloat during these times.

Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole’s Reprieve Process as part of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  More information can be found here from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website.

This week, the Governor vetoed the following bills which received bi-partisan support in both chambers and, in my opinion based on the constituents that reach out to my office, represent the will of the people. 

  • House Bill 2388
    • With proper mitigation procedures, allows for the opening of barbers, hair salons, pet groomers, messenger services, lawn and garden centers and automobile dealerships.
  • House Bill 2412
    • Allows for the reopening of real estate activities.
  • Senate Bill 327
    • Allows for a county-level decision on reopening.

The most interesting, perhaps, was House Bill 2412 related to real estate services which the Governor slammed as reckless and unsafe and promptly vetoed, but then allowed them to operate under an Executive Order.  This has been a pattern lately, with us acting and him following suit in order to take credit rather than work with us in a bipartisan manner.