Harrisburg Highlights-Week of October 11, 2021

Dear Friends,

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

This week, neither the House or Senate were in session to vote on legislation, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a busy week for Members of the General Assembly.  Much of the items tackled this week will set the stage for the fall agenda and into next year.

First up, three of my colleagues joined me to introduce four pieces of legislation to curb the influence of lobbyists and political consultants.
My particular bill, Senate Bill 801, would require lobbyists to register any clients seeking state financial assistance or grants and prohibit
kick-backs and inducements for referrals or performance bonuses for a successful application for taxpayer-funded grants.

Also this week, Senator Pat Stefano who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, hosted a hearing on legislation to allow counties to create countywide public safety authorities for firefighting and EMS.  You can find out more on this hearing here.

In more broad legislative news, yet another hearing was held by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission to explore issues affecting racial and other minority populations, including concerns under the Federal Voting Rights Act.  You can watch the hearing and read more about it here.

Finally, I dropped the news this week that I will be retiring at the end of my term after 18 years in public service.  I will truly miss the personal commitment I feel to the constituents of the 24th District, and by extension, all the citizens of Pennsylvania.  I will miss working with wonderful people; my staff, fellow Senators, House members, and very much the interaction with the constituents.  Of course we always get some complaints, but the joy is opening an email where a constituent is thanking someone for their efforts to help that constituent; it makes it all worthwhile.

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

CONTACT: Lidia Di Fiore ldifiore@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388