Harrisburg Highlights Week of October 25, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week saw both the House and Senate in session for the first time together this month.  There was a lot going on in terms of Government reform and Legislative oversight, as well as one of my bills passing the Chamber.

First, the House State Government Committee held a meeting where the advances several of their bills aimed at lobbying reform.  These bills are slightly different to those introduced in the Senate by myself and my colleagues, however they all get at the root of the issue that we all see – too much outside influence in Pennsylvania politics.

Additionally, my legislation to allow for Charitable Gift Annuities passed the Senate and is now over in the House.  This bill allows smaller non-profit organizations to now accept large annuity donations when previously the amount of capital required to secure the donation far exceeded their operating budgets and made them unmanageable.  This will undoubtedly be a boon to smaller community organizations to achieve their mission if it should pass the House.

Lastly, I was able to speak on Senate Resolution 194, my Resolution which designates October 8, 2021 as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day” in Pennsylvania, to watch this video click here.

Finally, I think one of the most important steps taken by the Legislature this week was the passage of Senate Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution 1, which was a concurrent resolution disapproving the Environmental Quality Board regulations on a CO2 Budget Trading Program

This puts our stamp of disapproval on the Governor’s plan to unilaterally enter Pennsylvania into the Regional Green House Gas Initiative, or RGGI.  While I don’t have serious objections to RGGI, the lack of collaboration with the General Assembly makes this interstate compact the ONLY one Pennsylvania will be in that is not legislatively approved.  There are still far too many questions, and far too many negatives to go down this path at this particular moment in time.  Please watch these comments by my colleague, Senator Joe Pittman, on the true impacts of bringing Pennsylvania into RGGI in this hastened process. 

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