Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
This week was certainly an eventful one in Harrisburg, as both the House and the Senate were in town, albeit the House was just there to conduct Appropriations/Budget hearings. The Senate was in session for three days, and had a busy agenda.
Legislatively, among others, the Senate passed some important legislation including Senate Bill 158, dealing with commendation medals for law-enforcement and first-responders, and House Bill 326, which allows the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with vaccine distribution in the Commonwealth.
Additionally, and perhaps most importantly this week, Senate leaders held a press conference to decry the Governor and his Administration’s attempts to deceive voters regarding the upcoming ballot question on his abuse of power. I personally believe that Pennsylvanians are smart, and will see through this deliberate attempt to politicize the wording on a ballot question and will decide during the Primary that their voice needs to be heard through their elected officials during the pandemic. You can watch the press conference in its entirety here.
This week, the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee met to consider the election of LBFC officers. I was proud to again be named chairman. We also considered the following: A Study of the Adequacy of Fees Charged for Pennsylvania’s Instant Check System; An Evaluation of Department of Health Grants Funded Through the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund; and A Study in Response to House Resolution 515 (2019): Community Mental Health Services). The reports and more information can be found here, and the meeting video can be found here.
Lastly, the Senate session experienced some sadness on Wednesday as we took the time to recognize the life and contributions of a true giant in Pennsylvania legislative history as many took the time to speak on the passing of our friend, Senator Stewart Greenleaf. My heart goes out to the family of this wonderful man and tremendous legislator. You can view my remarks on his dedication to the people of Pennsylvania here.
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Senator Bob Mensch
24th Senatorial District