Harrisburg Highlights-Week of June 6, 2022

Dear Friends,

The Senate was in session this week, with multiple committee meetings, hearings, and three days of voting by the full chamber. Work on finalizing a 2022-23 state budget will be picking up as the June 30 deadline for enactment approaches.

The Senate approved the Poll Watcher Empowerment Act to ensure election laws are strictly adhered to and improve confidence in Pennsylvania’s elections. Senate Bill 573 would allow all registered Pennsylvania voters to be eligible to be a poll watcher in any precinct in the state and ensures poll watchers can clearly observe the pre-canvassing and counting of all ballots. The bill is the third election integrity measure passed by the Senate this year, along with the elimination of controversial ballot drop boxes and prohibiting third-party funding of elections.

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which protects the integrity of women’s sports in Pennsylvania, was approved by the Senate. Senate Bill 1191 states that school athletic teams designated for women should not be open to those of the male sex, defined as the biological distinction between male and female, based on reproductive biology and genetic make-up. My remarks regarding Senate Bill 1191 can be found here.

Both bills were sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

In addition to several bills necessary for crafting a final state budget, other notable bills passed by the Senate include:

  • Senate Bill 1183 provides for the seizure, forfeiture and disposal of dirt bikes and ATVs operated illegally on public roadways in boroughs and cities of the first, second, second A and third class.
  • Senate Bill 1196 and Senate Bill 1197 allow cosmetology and barber students to earn course credit and gain experience working in local salons and barber shops. 

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