Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week was another relatively quiet one in Harrisburg with neither the House nor the Senate in Session.  However, as has been the case recently, there were still a number of key events which are important to know about coming out of the State Capitol.

First, in a bizarre turn of face, Governor Wolf allowed HB 2463 to become law without his signature.  This was the bill which required Commonwealth Agencies to keep their Right-to-Know Offices open during an emergency that passed the General Assembly unanimously a few weeks ago.  The Governor threatened to veto the bill for some unknown reason, but the overwhelming support from elected officials, citizens, and even the news outlets who wanted him to put his money where his mouth is in terms of transparency eventually won out. 

Second, there were two important hearings this week, one in the House and one in the Senate.  The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing on the safe re-opening of Pennsylvania Schools in the fall, and there was some very enlightening information and points of view presented.  It is worth a watch, and can be found here.

The House Majority Policy Committee also convened a hearing earlier in the week which called into question the data behind the Governor’s order to close bars and limit restaurants to 25% capacity and to shed light on the impacts this is having on not only the bars and restaurants, but their employees, consumers, and the economy as a whole.  Recently, several news outlets across the state have also begun to question this order, with many trying to get information on the data which led to the decision from the Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Governor Wolf.  This is something to pay attention too over the next few weeks, but video from the hearing 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, 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.