Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

While there was no session in Harrisburg this week for either Chamber, this can be counted as the calm before the storm as June traditionally becomes our busiest month as we work to put together a balanced and fair budget for Pennsylvania by the 30th.

This week there was a press conference held in Johnstown by Senate Transportation Committee Chair, Wayne Langerholc. Senator Langerholc unveiled an innovative plan reforming and investing in PA’s multimodal transportation system, which also includes my Senate Bill 435. He announced the DRIVE SMART Act, Delivering Reforms and Investments for Vehicle Efficiency and Supporting Motor carriers, Airports, Rails and trails and Transit agencies. The omnibus plan would provide reforms and investments for the Commonwealth’s multimodal transportation system. Additional information about the comprehensive and multi-faceted plan is available at www.SenatorLangerholc.com/drive-smart-act/.

Another noteworthy press conference was held this week by Senator Judy Ward and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff and joined by Pennsylvania coroners citing concerns over how COVID-19 deaths were reported. During this conference, they highlighted a bill that clarifies when deaths must be reported. Senate Bill 327 makes it clear that certain circumstances of death shall be reported to the coroner, including any disease constituting a health disaster emergency or pandemic. A similar bill passed both the Senate and the House with large bipartisan majorities only to be met by Governor Wolf’s veto pen.

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

Senator Bob Mensch

24th Senatorial District