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Senator Pittman speaks in support of Senate Resolution 386, which outlines the rules for the Senate impeachment trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner

November 29, 2022
Senator Pittman speaks in support of Senate Resolution 386, which outlines the rules for the Senate impeachment trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.   [Read More]

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Remarks of Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman at a news conference announcing the new Senate Republican Leadership team for 2023-24 legislative session

November 15, 2022
Remarks of Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman at a news conference announcing the new Senate Republican Leadership team for 2023-24 legislative session.   [Read More]

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Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for New Legislative Session

November 15, 2022
Senate Republicans today elected their leadership team for the 2023-24 legislative session.   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 1135, SB 1254, SB 1282, HB 2209 and HB 2210

June 14, 2022
Urban Affairs and Housing Committee | Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 10:45 a.m. | East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A   [Read More]

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Senate Votes to Ban Unsecured Ballot Drop Boxes and Private Funding of Election Operations

April 13, 2022
HARRISBURG – State Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41) voted today to safeguard the integrity of Pennsylvania’s elections as the Senate approved legislation that would prevent the future use of unsecured ballot drop boxes and ban private money to fund election operations. Senate Bill 1200 would require mail-in ballots that are not returned in the mail to […]   [Read More]

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Fight Against Wolf Administration’s Carbon Tax on Electricity Consumers Will Continue in Court

April 04, 2022
After Senate Democrats failed to stand up for Pennsylvania workers and ratepayers today, the fight against Gov. Tom Wolf’s $781 million carbon tax will continue in court, Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41) said.   [Read More]

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Tele-Town Hall

March 18, 2022
March 15, 2022   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Budget Secretary/General Services

March 17, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Budget Secretary Greg Thall and DGS Secretary Curt Topper during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Budget Secretary and Department of General Services.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Drug & Alcohol Programs

March 16, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Jen Smith during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Military & Veterans Affairs

March 16, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Adjutant General Mark Schindler during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (DMVA).   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State System of Higher Education

March 15, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Chancellor Dan Greenstein during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the State System of Higher Education.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Labor & Industry

March 15, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary of Labor & Industry Jennifer Berrier during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Labor & Industry.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education

March 10, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Noe Ortega during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Education.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Dept. of State

March 09, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the PA Department of State.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Health (Part 2)

March 09, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary Keara Klinepeter during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Health.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Health (Part 1)

March 09, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary Keara Klinepeter during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Health.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Human Services

March 08, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary Meg Snead during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Human Services.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP (Part 2)

March 02, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Patrick McDonnell during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP (Part 1)

March 02, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Patrick McDonnell during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DCNR

March 02, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Cindy Dunn during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR).   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DCED

March 01, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary Neil Weaver during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Attorney General

March 01, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Attorney General Josh Shapiro during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Office of Attorney General.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections/Probation & Parole

February 24, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary of Corrections George Little and Board Chairman Ted Johnson during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Corrections / Board of Probation & Parole.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Auditor General

February 23, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Auditor General Timothy DeFoor during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Office of Auditor General.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Treasury

February 23, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Treasurer Stacy Garrity during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Office of the State Treasurer.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Revenue/Lottery

February 22, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary of Revenue Dan Hassell during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Revenue / Lottery.   [Read More]

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Gov. Wolf Sends General Assembly Budget Proposal with Huge Spending Increases

February 08, 2022
In an address to the General Assembly, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $45.7 billion 2022-23 state budget that would increase General Fund spending by $4.5 billion, Sen. Joe Pittman, R-41, said.   [Read More]

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Four Chaplin’s Day

February 07, 2022
Senator Joe Pittman talks about Four Chaplin’s Day in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

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Senate Votes to Disapprove Pennsylvania Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

October 27, 2021
Seeking to assert the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s role regarding the Commonwealth entering into multi-state compacts and levying taxes, the state Senate today (October 27) voted to disapprove a regulation by the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman (R-Indiana).   [Read More]

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Pittman’s Bills Supporting Physician Assistants Head to Governor

September 29, 2021
With unanimous votes, the Senate today (September 29) sent to the governor Senator Joe Pittman’s Senate Bill 397, which amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act, and Senate Bill 398, which amends the Medical Practice Act of 1985, to help physician assistants work and practice with increased efficiency in Pennsylvania. Audio   [Read More]

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Senate ERE Committee Disapproves RGGI Regulation

September 14, 2021
The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee today (September 14) approved a concurrent resolution disapproving a regulation by the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman, committee Vice Chairman. Listen   [Read More]

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Pittman Urges IRRC Disapproval of Proposed Carbon Tax on Electricity

September 01, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman today urged the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to disapprove a regulation that would impose the Governor’s mandate that Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   [Read More]

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IRRC to Consider Governor’s Proposed Carbon Tax on Electricity

August 31, 2021
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 1, in Harrisburg to consider the Governor’s mandate that Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman.   [Read More]

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Senate ERE Committee Formally Opposes RGGI

August 18, 2021
The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee today (August 18) approved a letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) formally opposing a Regulation to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman.   | Read Letter   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider a letter to IRRC disapproving of Reg #7-559 regarding a CO2 Budget Trading Program (RGGI)

August 13, 2021
Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee | Wednesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. | Main Capitol, Room 461 |   | Read Letter   [Read More]

Senate Approves Pittman’s Bills Supporting Physician Assistants

June 25, 2021
 The Senate today (June 25) approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman to help physician assistants work and practice with increased efficiency in Pennsylvania. http://av.pasenategop.com/pittman/2021/0621/sb397398.mp3   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 574, SB 763, HB 264, and HB 827

June 15, 2021
Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. | Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation |   [Read More]

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Senate Approves Bill Requiring Legislative Approval of RGGI Deal

June 14, 2021
The Senate today (June 14) approved, by a solid 35-15 bipartisan, veto-proof vote, a bill introduced by Senator Joe Pittman (R-41) that would require Legislative approval of the Governor’s proposal to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   [Read More]

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Committee Approves Pittman’s Bills Supporting Physician Assistants

June 08, 2021
The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee today (June 8) unanimously approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman to help physician assistants work and practice with increased efficiency in Pennsylvania. Listen   [Read More]

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Committee Approves Pittman Plan to Support Transportation Improvements

June 08, 2021
The Senate Transportation Committee today (June 8) unanimously approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman to expeditiously reduce the amount of funding diverted each year from essential transportation improvement projects to support State Police operations. Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Approves SGOC Option for First Responders, Veterans Groups

May 25, 2021
Recognizing that the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place a severe financial crisis on numerous volunteer and veterans’ organizations, the Senate today (May 25) approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman that will provide a crucial financial lifeline for those vital community organizations. Listen   [Read More]

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Committee Approves SGOC Option for First Responders, Veterans Groups

April 27, 2021
Recognizing that the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place a severe financial crisis on numerous volunteer and veterans’ organizations, the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee today (April 27) approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman that will provide a crucial financial lifeline for those vital community organizations. Listen   [Read More]

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Committee Approves Bill Requiring Legislative Approval of RGGI Deal

April 27, 2021
The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee (ERE) today (April 27) approved a bill introduced by Senator Joe Pittman that would require Legislative approval of the Governor’s proposal to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 157 and SB 439

April 26, 2021
Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee | Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. | Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation |     [Read More]

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Senate Republicans Link PUC Nominations to RGGI Rejection

April 22, 2021
The Senate Republican Caucus has put the Governor on notice of their intention to block all nominations to the state Public Utility Commission (PUC)  until he pulls his unilateral decision to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and work with the Legislature, according to Senator Joe Pittman, who has spearheaded efforts of Legislative involvement in RGGI. Listen   [Read More]

Indiana County Projects Receive $2.3 Million in State Grants

April 21, 2021
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today awarded grants totaling $2,366,402 to projects in Indiana County, according to Senator Joe Pittman and Representatives Jim Struzzi and Brian Smith.   [Read More]

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Tour of the Pennsylvania Capitol

April 20, 2021
Join Senator Joe Pittman for a virtual tour of the beautiful and historic Pennsylvania Capitol.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

April 08, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Russell Redding during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Agriculture.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Labor & Industry

April 08, 2021
VIDEO: Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary of Labor & Industry Jennifer Berrier during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Labor & Industry.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Auditor General

April 07, 2021
VIDEO: Senator Joe Pittman questions Auditor General Timothy DeFoor during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Office of Auditor General.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DCED

March 22, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Dennis Davin during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).     [Read More]

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Senator Pittman Questions Benefit to IUP of Remaining in SSHE

March 19, 2021
Speaking at today’s (March 18) Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the State System of Higher Education (SSHE), Senator Joe Pittman questioned whether Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and its students, staff and faculty were bearing an overly onerous financial burden to keep the system solvent.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State System of Higher Education

March 18, 2021
VIDEO: Senator Joe Pittman questions Chancellor Dan Greenstein during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the State System of Higher Education.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education

March 18, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary Noe Ortega during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Education.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of State

March 11, 2021
VIDEO: Senator Joe Pittman questions Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the PA Department of State.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP, Part 2

March 11, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Patrick McDonnell during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Part 2     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP

March 11, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Patrick McDonnell during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Human Services

March 10, 2021
VIDEO: Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary Teresa Miller during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Human Services.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Revenue/Lottery

March 08, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions Secretary of Revenue Dan Hassell during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Revenue / Lottery.      [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Independent Fiscal Office

March 08, 2021
VIDEO: Senator Joe Pittman questions Director Matthew Knittel during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Independent Fiscal Office.     [Read More]

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Energy Industry

February 23, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman speaks on the importance of the energy industry in Pennsylvania, and the damage that is being done by Governor Wolf’s policies.   [Read More]

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Update on PASSHE (State System of Higher Education)

February 09, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman questions PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein during a joint hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Education Committee to provide an update on PASSHE (PA State System of Higher Education).     [Read More]

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Public hearing to provide an update on PASSHE (PA State System of Higher Education)

February 08, 2021
Joint Hearing | Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Education Committee | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation) |     [Read More]

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$912 Million COVID-19 Relief Package Sent to Governor

February 05, 2021
A comprehensive $912 million relief package to help restaurants, schools, employers, and tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic received final legislative approval today (February 5) and was sent to the Governor’s desk, according to Senator Joe Pittman, the prime sponsor of the legislation. Listen   [Read More]

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ERE Committee Formally Opposes RGGI

February 04, 2021
The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee today (February 3) approved a letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) formally opposing a Regulation to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman, who serves as the committee’s Vice Chairman.   [Read More]

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Pittman Slams Governor’s Massive Tax & Spend Budget Proposal

February 03, 2021
Senator Joe Pittman issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf used a pre-taped video address to unveil his proposed $40.2 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22, which includes a $3.1 billion (8.2 percent) increase in state spending, a substantial Personal Income Tax rate hike from 3.07 percent to 4.49 percent (46.3 percent) and the imposition of Marcellus Shale extraction tax.   [Read More]

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Senate Approves $912 Million COVID-19 Relief Package

January 27, 2021
The Senate today (January 27) approved a comprehensive $912 million relief package to help restaurants, schools, employers, and tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Joe Pittman, who serves as the prime sponsor of the legislation.     [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 109

January 25, 2021
Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee | Monday, January 25, 2021 | Off the Floor | Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation) |     [Read More]

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Senate Sends Bill Requiring Legislative Approval of RGGI to Governor

September 09, 2020
The Senate today (September 9) approved — and sent to the Governor’s desk — legislation that would increase legislative oversight on the proposal to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman, who spearheaded efforts in the Senate to move the bill.   [Read More]

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Public hearing on status of PHFA Mortgage and Rental Assistance Programs/Impact of Pandemic on Housing

September 04, 2020
Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee | September 8, 2020 |1:30 p.m. | (Senate Chamber and Remote Participation) |     [Read More]

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Committee Approves Bills Requiring Legislative Approval of RGGI Deal

September 03, 2020
The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee approved two bills today (September 3) that would increase legislative oversight on the Governor’s proposal to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Committee.   [Read More]

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Rally in Opposition to Implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

August 26, 2020
Senator Gene Yaw, Senator Camera Bartolotta, Senator Joe Pittman, Senator Kim Ward | 11:30 at Cheswick Generating Station, Springdale, Allegheny County     [Read More]

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Senate Approves Measure to End Governor Wolf’s Business Shutdown Order

June 09, 2020
Stressing that Governor Wolf’s extended lockdown of Pennsylvania is hurting families and doing irreparable harm to employers, the Senate today voted to approve a measure that would end the statewide shutdown, according to Senator Joe Pittman. Listen   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 940, SB 1045, HB 896, and HB 1860

June 09, 2020
Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee | June 9, 2020 (approx. 2:00 p.m.) | Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation) |     [Read More]

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Senate Approves $507 Million Support Package for First Responders, Nursing Homes, Long-term Care Facilities

May 12, 2020
When Senator Joe Pittman introduced Senate Bill 1122, the measure was intended to provide financial relief to Pennsylvania’s struggling volunteer fire companies and EMS stations. Listen   [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) 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 Joe Pittman. Listen   [Read More]

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Committee Approves Grant Program for Volunteer Fire/EMS Companies

April 20, 2020
The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee today (April 20) reported out legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman (R-41st) and Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46th) that would establish a special one-time grant program for Pennsylvania’s volunteer fire companies and EMS squads as they address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Listen   [Read More]

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Tele-town Hall

April 18, 2020
April 17, 2020     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association

March 04, 2020
I asked about the amount of surplus money the PA Joint Underwriting Association has in reserves that could safely be appropriated to other causes during a #PASenate #PAbudget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP (Part 2)

March 04, 2020
The Wolf administration’s proposed carbon tax is already hurting local operations and workers. I questioned DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell about what the administration plans to do for dislocated workers.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP (Part 1)

March 04, 2020
At the Senate budget hearing with the Department of Transportation, I questioned Secretary Patrick McDonnell about the governor’s proposed Transportation Climate Initiative and the increase in gas prices it’s likely to cause, and the local impact of the administration’s plan to impose a carbon tax.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn College/Thaddeus Stevens College/Community Colleges

March 03, 2020
I discussed the value of articulation agreements at a #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennCollege, @thaddeusstevens and @NorthamptonComm.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation & Natural Resources

March 03, 2020
At the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, I asked Secretary Cindy Dunn for a justification of the state moratorium on oil and gas leases on state park land, especially given the drop in Oil and Gas Lease Fund revenue.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State-Related Universities

March 03, 2020
I raised concern about the competition between state system and state-related universities and asked whether satellite colleges should be realigned to reduce costs at a #PASenate #PABudget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn State Ag Research & Ag Extension

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PA Budget on Penn State’s @agsciences & @psuextension I urged the agency to take an active role in promoting participation in the census.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAgriculture, I raised concerns about the USDA’s Farm Service Agency and the proposed transfers from the Race Horse Development Fund.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Human Services

February 26, 2020
At the PA Senate budget hearing with the Human Services Department, I questioned Secretary Teresa Miller about the increase in Medical Assistance Transportation Program costs and how to prevent abuse of this assistance.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: PennDOT

February 25, 2020
At the PA Senate budget hearing with PennDOT officials, I questioned Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian about plans to shift funding from local roads to interstate highways, as well as my legislation to reduce transfers occurring from the Motor License Fund to fund operations of our State Police.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: LCB

February 25, 2020
During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with the PA Liquor Control Board, I asked about the number of state stores that operate on limited hours and whether LCB would reevaluate the merit of expanding hours.     [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 concerns about the growth in costs for senior programs and the Department’s reliance on the Lottery Fund.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Auditor General

February 24, 2020
  During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAuditorGen, I asked about the Governor’s proposed fee for state police service and the Auditor General’s public advocacy of the legalization of marijuana.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of State

February 20, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAStateDept, I raised concerns about state licensing issues and asked about public education efforts for the election changes under Act 77.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State System of Higher Education

February 20, 2020
I asked the @StateSystem Chancellor what Pennsylvania is doing to “right-size” its higher education footprint so that there are not too many schools straining the system. #PASenate #PABudget     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Board of Pardons

February 19, 2020
During the budget hearing with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, I highlighted the disadvantages of Board members expressing personal opinions on controversial criminal justice topics.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections/Probation & Parole

February 19, 2020
At the Senate Appropriations budget hearing with the Board of Probation & Parole, I asked Board Chairman Theodore Johnson if the state Victim Advocate should be a licensed attorney to represent victims before the panel.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Military & Veterans Affairs

February 19, 2020
During today’s #PASenate #PABudget hearing, I raised concerns with @PADMVA about providing care for homeless veterans and urged support for my legislation to provide property tax exemptions for more veterans in need.     [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 effectiveness of faith-based recovery programs, state support for local EMS 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 the impact of the Governor’s proposed carbon taxes and precautions to ensure Lottery technology upgrades are completed efficiently.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Independent Fiscal Office

February 18, 2020
The PA Independent Fiscal Office noted that due to natural gas development, the PA economy is less reliant on oil prices. During the PA Senate budget hearing, I asked about the impact administration proposals on this new independence.     [Read More]

Sen. Pittman Urges Governor to Seek Federal Clean Coal Technology Grants

February 18, 2020
The federal government is offering millions of dollars to promote the development of innovative cleaner coal technologies and Senator Joe Pittman wants Pennsylvania to aggressively go after that funding.   [Read More]