Thank you for taking the time to read this special edition of my e-newsletter. During this past session, we as a Commonwealth and nation have faced many adversities with COVID-19 and the devastating health and economic impacts. Much of the legislature’s attention over this past year was focused on passing legislation that would help mitigate the effects of the virus while opening our economy in a safe manner. This e-news edition summarizes my legislation that passed this past session, much of it a response to COVID-19 to assist our most vulnerable citizens, our businesses, and our schools.
I would like to wish all of our local families a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday season and I offer my warmest wishes for a safe and great new year ahead.
2019-20 Legislative Session in Review
The two-year legislative session that ended November 30 was highlighted by measures to help Pennsylvania respond to COVID-19, including providing resources to the individuals and organizations who were deeply affected by the virus – hospitals, long-term care providers, community services providers, first responders, food banks, and affected employers and employees. Lawmakers also fought back in cases in which Governor Wolf’s mitigation efforts exceeded his authority and infringed on the civil liberties of Pennsylvanians.
In addition to responding to COVID-19, the General Assembly passed new laws to reform state government, improve public safety, support education at all levels, protect first responders and address Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.
I was pleased to author 15 new laws in the current session:
I also authored two proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that were approved by the General Assembly:
A complete list of bills approved during the 2019-20 Legislative Session is available here.