Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
Like the past couple of weeks, this week the House and Senate continued their quest to gain information and highlight issues that Pennsylvania is facing in the midst of the pandemic by holding more public hearings. We have heard a lot of positive feedback on these hearings so far, and they have proven to be crucial to informing the General Assembly on issues we need to address in the coming months.
On Monday, the Senate Majority Policy Committee continued their hard-working summer by holding a hearing in Washington County which showcased the challenges that are facing Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals. Hospitals in rural areas serve larger geographical areas and serve patients the same way as hospitals in more populated areas, although their locations make staffing and transportation to and from a challenge. The impacts on these hospitals, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have affected not only them, but trickled through the health care climate in Pennsylvania as a whole. The hearing can be viewed by clicking here.
Also, continuing discussion on probably the most high-profile topic right now was the House Education Committee, which held a hearing on getting PA students back to school safely. Testifiers included representatives from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), PA Association of School Administrators (PASA), PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and PA State Education Association (PSEA). It can be viewed by clicking here.
Lastly, continuing in the education realm, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced his decision to resign effective October 1, 2020 to take a new position as the President of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. This move will take him closer to his home, but our education system in Pennsylvania will surely miss his leadership and expertise that he has shown over the past 6 years or so, particularly as we navigate the pandemic’s effect on returning to school. I wish him the best in his new endeavor.
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