Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week was filled with action in both the Senate and the House, as both chambers were in session and the Senate even squeezed in a day for more 2021-22 Budget Hearings. With spring right around the corner, the temperature is heating up and so is the action in the General Assembly.

The Senate was in Session Monday through Wednesday, and while there was a light calendar, an important bill aimed at helping individuals in recovery obtain meaningful job training and employment passed the Senate and is on its way to the House.

  • Senate Bill 69, introduced by Senator Langerholc, would create a process for local workforce development boards to work with education and training partners to connect individuals in recovery with meaningful employment. Read the full press release here.

  • As for the Appropriations Hearings on Thursday, we heard from the Department of Education and that State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) about their budget requests. I had the opportunity to speak to Secretary Noe Ortega about the immunizations of teachers and the “hold harmless” provision for education funding. You can watch my Q&A with Secretary Ortega here.

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    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.

    Senator Bob Mensch

    24th Senatorial District