Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week was one for the record books in Harrisburg, as the General Assembly took a momentous step towards returning back to normal.  In addition to another one of my bills being considered in the Legislature, this week we moved three pieces of legislation which move Pennsylvania forward.

First, and perhaps most importantly, Wednesday and Thursday saw the House and Senate move legislation towards ending the Emergency Declaration and planning for a post-COVID-19 Pennsylvania.

  • Senate Bill 618
    • Prohibits “vaccine passports” and prohibits the Secretary of Health from mandating those who have not been exposed or in close contact with the exposed to wear a mask, stay at home or be socially distant. It also prevents the Secretary from using the same laws to force business closures.
  • House Bill 854
    • Ensures all waivers that were previously effective under the COVID-19 emergency will remain in effect until September 30, 2021, unless sooner terminated by the authority which initially authorized the waiver.
  • House Resolution 106
    • Terminates the pandemic emergency declaration and ends the governor’s power to close employers, limit occupancy, suspend state statutes or issue stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19.

Additionally, my Senate Bill 156 passed the House Health Committee, which moves it one step closer to being signed by the Governor. This bill creates a new category of Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities.

Finally, I was able to introduce a guest from my district, Trinity Monaghan, who is a Girls PIAA State Wrestling Champion from Harleysville.

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

Senator Bob Mensch

24th Senatorial District