Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week, the House was back in Session and considered some very important legislation, which will eventually show up in the Senate, related to election security, education and the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Senate was not in session this week, there were various Committee meetings held with a view into the fall legislative agenda.

First, the House voted on a number of bills this week which will arrive in the Senate for consideration next week.  Also, the House attempted to override the Governor’s veto of House Resolution 836 which would have ended the Emergency Declaration. The vote fell 16 votes short of the needed 2/3 majority. Notable bills moved in the House:

  • House Bill 2787
    • Allows schools to make their own decisions regarding resuming sports and other extracurricular activities, including whether spectators are permitted.
  • House Bill 2788
    • Would allow students and families to have the option to continue their education and extracurricular activities for an additional year to make up for the loss of instruction and competition during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
  • House Bill 2626
    • Election security and reform ahead of the November General Election.

On Thursday, the Senate convened three Committees in order to vote on crucial bills which are time sensitive as we move into the fall and the consideration of the final 7 months of the budget. 

The Senate Education Committee met to consider House Bill 2787, mentioned above.

The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee met to consider several bills.

The Senate State Government Committee met to consider House Bill 2626, also mentioned above.

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