Harrisburg Highlights- Week of November 8, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week, both the House and Senate were in session in Harrisburg. It was an eventful week, that’s for sure.  There was movement on legislation important to my constituents in motion in both Chambers, yet this is the first time in a while that none of my bills were considered; but they can’t all be winners, right?

First, the Senate Majority Policy Committee held a hearing on Monday regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates and their impact on the workplace, employees, and the business community.  It was a truly informative hearing which provided a lot of information that the Legislature can use going forward to manage the threat of worker mandates in the future.

Kind of piggy-backing off of that hearing, the Senate Health & Human Services Committee considered and passed Senate Bill 471, the Medical Freedom Act, which prevents vaccine mandates by employers and the Government.  I voted yes on this bill, and believe that these are personal decisions that shouldn’t be forced upon Pennsylvanians, particularly by dangling their job over their head as a bargaining chip.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed two bills particularly aimed at protecting 2nd Amendment Rights, Senate Bill 448  which reaffirms State preemption laws for local gun laws and Senate Bill 565 regarding Constitutional Carry.  Both of these bills received bi-partisan support, and will now be off to the House for their consideration.

Other bills considered in the Senate this week:

  • House Bill 416 (Quinn) – Seizure Recognition Legislation
  • Senate Resolution 195 (Phillips-Hill) – Resolution Urging Congress to Oppose President Biden’s Proposal to Access Bank Accounts of Private Citizens
  • Senate Bill 849 (Stefano) – Veterans Preference Clarification
  • Senate Bill 248 (Phillips-Hill) – Veteran Recognition Days
  • Senate Bill 830 (Yudichak) – Establishing a Veteran-owned Business Loan Guarantee Program
  • Senate Bill 140 (Browne) – Requiring the Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Reports


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