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Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services and Local Government Committees Hold Joint Hearing on Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

May 04, 2020
Today, members of the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services and Senate Local Government Committees held a joint hearing on the Wolf Administration’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

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The PA Legislative Budget and Finance Releases Two Reports

May 04, 2020
The Senate Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC), chaired by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), released two reports on Monday, May 4, 2020.     [Read More]

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Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

May 04, 2020
Meeting of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to release reports entitled: (1) A Study of the Statutory Cap on the Pennsylvania State Police Complement (SR 105) and (2) The Impact of Tavern Gaming on the Pennsylvania State Lottery (Act 2013-90.)     [Read More]

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Telemedicine Bill Sent to Governor

April 21, 2020
As Pennsylvania continues to cope with the impact of COVID-19, the Senate today (April 21, 2020) gave final approval to a bill that promotes telemedicine as a way to overcome barriers to quality patient care created by distance and reduce the costs of those services, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24).   [Read More]

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Senate Approves Measures to Create a Better Process for COVID-19 Mitigation

April 15, 2020
The Senate approved two bills today that would provide some much-needed clarity and common sense to the process of deciding which businesses can safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24).   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Budget Secretary

March 04, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with Budget Secretary Jen Swails I asked about impact of the Governor’s proposed transfers from the Race Horse Development Fund on employees in the industry and funding for higher education and enrollment in those schools.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association

March 04, 2020
I discussed the PA Joint Underwriting Association’s investments, reserve funds and rate competitiveness during a #PASenate #PAbudget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation & Natural Resources

March 03, 2020
The deployment of the P25 State Radio System on DCNR land and removal of low-wall dams were part of my discussion with @DCNRnews officials at Tuesday’s #PASenate #PAbudget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAgriculture, I discussed the impact of the proposed transfers from the Race Horse Development Fund and asked about efforts to address food insecurity.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education

February 27, 2020
At today’s #PASenate #PABudget hearing on the @PADeptofHealth I asked why it has taken so long to address asbestos issues in schools that continue to pose a threat to students and how abatement can be done.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of Health

February 26, 2020
At today’s #PASenate #PABudget hearing I asked the @PAHealthDept Secretary about how medical marijuana-related profits are being taxed. I also raised concerns about the rise in the vaping industry.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Human Services

February 26, 2020
At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PAHumanServices, I told Secretary Teresa Miller that local human services providers inform me that contracted Managed Care Organizations are not responsive to problems, and more oversight it needed.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Aging

February 24, 2020
  During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with the Department of Aging, I raised serious concerns about slow responses, delayed pay and other problems regarding the rollout of the Community HealthChoices program.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Labor & Industry

February 24, 2020
  During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PALaborIndustry, I noted the benefits of the Strategic Early Warning Network in preventing job losses and requested an update on the Employment First program for disabled Pennsylvanians.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of State

February 20, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAStateDept, I asked about efforts to prevent human error in the election process, personal privacy and fraud prevention.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State System of Higher Education

February 20, 2020
I asked about what has been done to implement recommendations made by a commission established to report on the long-term viability of the @StateSystem at a #PASenate #PABudget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections/Probation & Parole

February 19, 2020
At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @CorrectionsPA, I asked Secretary John Wetzel about safety & other issues facing the transition into SCI Phoenix, and the status of the old prison.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Drug & Alcohol Programs

February 18, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PADrugAlcohol, I asked about the potential impact on gambling addition programs by the Governor’s proposal to drain the Horse Racing Fund and the use of methadone in treatment programs.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Revenue/Lottery

February 18, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PARevenue and @PALottery, I questioned how the legalization and regulation of skills games would affect future Lottery sales. I also raised concerns about sales tax audits in the lodging industry.     [Read More]