Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

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

This week was the second week since the budget past, and as the ink still dries it is time to reflect on the first half of 2021 in terms of legislative accomplishments. It was a productive first six months in terms of important bills being passed by the Senate, and I am proud that some of my priorities were able to be accomplished.

Pandemic Response

  • Senate Bill 2 (K. Ward) – Constitutional Amendment regarding Emergency Powers by the Governor
  • Senate Bill 109 (Pittman) – Rental and Utility Assistance
  • Senate Bill 618 (Phillips-Hill) – Prohibits the use of Vaccine Passports
  • House Bill 649 (Rapp) – Established Essential Family Caregivers in Long-Term Care Facilities (similar to my Senate Bill 190)

Reform

  • Senate Bill 441 (Browne) – Consolidates the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole
  • Senate Bill 28 (Phillips-Hill) – Transparency in Permitting
  • Senate Bill 426 (Gordner) – Legislative Oversight of the Regulatory Review Process

Elections

  • Senate Bill 735 (J. Ward) – Constitutional Amendment Requiring Voter Identification
  • House Bill 1300 (Grove) – Comprehensive Voting and Election Reform

Health Care

  • Senate Bill 445 (Mensch) – Allows Individuals Renewing a Vehicle Registration or Drivers License to Donate to Breast Cancer Research
  • Senate Bill 156 (Mensch) – Creates a New Category of Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities
  • Senate Bill 115 (Boscola) – Enables Pennsylvania to join the Nurse Licensure Compact

Education

  • Senate Bill 664 (Corman) – Allows Students to have an Extra Year of Education due to the Pandemic
  • Senate Bill 351 (Langerholc) – Creates Community Engaged Schools for Success

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

Senator Bob Mensch

24th Senatorial District