Harrisburg Highlights Week of January 17, 2022

Dear Friends,

This week the Senate was in Session considering legislation for the first time since early December.  While my colleagues and I weren’t in Harrisburg, Capitol staff has been busy working with constituents and others to prepare for the final part of the Session year, and even ahead to the FY 2022-2023 budget. 

Unfortunately, no bills which I introduced were considered this past week, although there’s still a long way to go in the session and I am still diligently working on my legislative priorities.  One important bill which I was able to vote in favor of in the Health and Human Services Committee was Senate Bill 1019, which would expand the COVID-19 regulatory flexibility authority.  This is undeniably important piece of legislation which will further our ability to respond to the short-term programmatic issues created by the pandemic.

Other legislation passed in the Senate this week:

  • SB 930 (Boscola) – Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Fix
  • SB 861 (Stefano) – EMS Compact
  • SB 450 (Yaw) –  Updating the Rural Pennsylvania Revitalization Act
  • SB 696 (Laughlin) – Update to the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act
  • SB 818 (J. Ward) – Aligning Pennsylvania’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers Procedures with CMS
  • SB 726 (Phillips-Hill) – Safeguarding the Commonwealth from Ransomware Attacks
  • SB 482 (Phillips-Hill) – Strengthening State Government Cybersecurity and Consolidation of IT Services
  • HB 1588 (Mercuri) – Remote Mortgage Banking

Interestingly enough, Senate Bills 726 and 482, which deal specifically with the protection of personal information, passed on party line votes.  It was interesting that our friends on the other side of the aisle felt the need to vote against the security of personal identification.

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