Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week, the House returned to Session in Harrisburg while the Senate spent the week getting ready for this upcoming week’s session. It was relatively quiet on all fronts, with some hearings and the passage of some notable bills. 

Of most note in the Senate, the Senate Majority Policy Committee held a hearing to discuss the future of telemedicine in Pennsylvania. This has been an increasingly important topic over the years and was close to becoming a statewide law earlier this year before the Governor vetoed a bill by Senator Vogel. Information on the hearing can be found here.

It was a relatively short week for the House, as they cancelled their voting session on Thursday following a member announcing that he has tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to an important teacher certification bill, Senate Bill 1216 sponsored by Senator Langerholc, which passed the Senate unanimously back in July, the House passed a number of bills regarding interstate compacts for health care professionals, such as Physical Therapists and Optometrists.

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.