Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
This week was another session week for both Chambers, with the House and the Senate scheduling voting days. The Senate, however, took another hybrid approach by including Monday as another day for Appropriations hearings on the 2021-2022 budget.
Monday started off the week in the Senate with two Budget hearings, first with the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Board of Probation and Parole, followed by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). I was able to interact with both Secretaries, and you can watch my Q&A with Corrections/ Probation and Parole here, and my Q&A with DCED here.
Legislatively, I was very pleased that my colleagues voted to advance three of my bills out of Committee and onto the Senate Floor for consideration. All three bills, Senate Bill 156, Senate Bill 190, and Senate Bill 435 passed the Senate last session. It is my hope that if that happens again, they will have enough time to get across the finish line in the Senate this session.
Finally, the Senate took the positive step towards correcting a costly mistake by the Secretary of State and the Wolf Administration by advancing a bill to begin the process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow for child sexual abuse survivors to have a two-year window to file civil suits which have otherwise been time-barred due to the Statute of Limitations. This question could have been on the ballot for the upcoming Primary in May, but former Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar failed to properly advertise the proposed amendment, and we had to vote this week to start the process over again as per the constitution. You can read my full press release on the unfortunate situation here.
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