Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
This week, neither the House nor the Senate were in Session, however by now you are likely understanding how that doesn’t necessarily mean that there weren’t important happenings throughout the Commonwealth.
Tuesday was the Primary Election where most of the attention was on local and municipal elections for judges, mayors, councils, and other county and local officers. There were also two Special Elections for open seats in the Pennsylvania Senate, with Chris Gebhard and Marty Flynn being elected to represent the 48th and 22nd Senatorial Districts, respectively. Congratulations and welcome to my two new colleagues.
Additionally, there were four ballot questions, or referendums on the ballot – all of which received tremendous support and passed. The three most important, in my opinion, were Constitutional Amendments. One dealing with prevention of discrimination and the other two being to reign in unilateral power by a governor and to give the people back their voice when it comes to emergency declarations in the Commonwealth. The people of Pennsylvania have spoken, and now the true coalition can get to work on bringing Pennsylvania back from the pandemic in a truly collective fashion. You can read my and the Senate Republican Leaders statement on the passage of these amendments here.
Sadly, there was an incident this week which forced the Governor to issue an apology, as he made remarks which disparaged and disrespected the brave men and women of Pennsylvania law enforcement. This caused the Pennsylvania State Police to issue a statement demanding an apology, which the Governor provided earlier today. I stand with law enforcement across our Commonwealth, and their dedication and service to our communities every day is admirable. These men and women deserved a sincere apology from Governor Wolf. You can read the President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association’s letter here.
Perhaps all this now signals a return to cohesive and collaborative governing, and heads towards an end of party-politics and the spewing of political rhetoric.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.
Senator Bob Mensch
24th Senatorial District