Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week, the House and Senate were both in Session. There was a lot of activity, some more attractive than others, but still productive. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, please take the time to remember all of those we have lost in service to our country and recognize their sacrifice for our continued freedoms.

First, the Senate Finance Committee approved my Senate Bill 288, which would allow for large manufacturers to receive a tax deduction for making capital improvements to the facilities which will increase capacity and increase or retain Pennsylvania jobs. The program is already a successful one in Pennsylvania, but my bill will add two more lower tiers to incentivize smaller companies to grow their workforce and expand in the Commonwealth. Read more about the legislation in my press release.

Also, my Senate Bill 521 which criminalizes “upskirting,” passed the Senate and was sent over to the House. This bill is a companion bill to one introduced in the House by Representative Staats, and is in response to the despicable and horrifying acts of a former Palisades High School math teacher. Read more about the bill in my press release.

More bills that passed through the Senate this week include:

  • Senate Bill 82 – Establishing a Motorcycle Lemon Law
  • Senate Bill 442 – Inventory of State-Owned Assets for the Provisioning of High-Speed Broadband Internet
  • Senate Bill 426 – Providing Additional Legislative Oversight of the Regulatory Review Process
  • Senate Bill 243 – Allowing Volunteer Fire Departments to Fundraise Online During Pandemics
  • Senate Bill 520 – Legislative Approval of Economically Significant Regulations
  • Senate Bill 126 – Automatic Three-Year Review of Economically Significant Regulations
  • Senate Bill 28 – Transparency in Permitting

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

Senator Bob Mensch

24th Senatorial District