Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week was the last one for a couple of weeks with little action in Harrisburg, as the House returns to session next week and the Senate following suit the week after. As we gear up for the fall, now is the time where we take a look at what we want to accomplish before the end of the year and begin to work up a plan. While the Governor outlined his unrealistic plan earlier this week, I took the opportunity to write an Op-Ed highlighting the important other side of the issues which he seeks to deflect from his disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, of which I am a member, held a hearing to discuss the challenges facing our Fire and EMS providers. Given this week’s revelation news that they were all shut out from the Governor’s Executive Order on Hazard Pay for Essential Workers, this hearing is worth a watch to gain some perspective on their struggles in the midst of his pandemic, and you can view it here.

Additionally, following up on the talks of the Governor trying to force Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, there was a rally held on Tuesday which highlighted some of the glaring issues that this kind of measure can have on our future and our economy.  The video and more information can be found here.

Lastly, in the recent news circles, you may have seen plans to address the general election this fall.  People from both parties had plenty of concerns with how the primary went in early June, and we have had hearings and gathered information about how we can address both sets of issues for the fall. A press release on the issuance of Senate Bill 10 can be found here.

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,  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.