Public Hearing on Election Issues

 

Senate Majority Policy Committee

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Wyndham Hotel

95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325


12:30 p.m.        Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss strengthening hate crime laws in Pennsylvania

WHAT:
At the request of Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester/Delaware) the Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a public workshop discussion on strengthening hate crime laws in Pennsylvania for the intellectually and physically disabled and the LGBTQ community.

WHO:
Senate Majority Policy Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill)
Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver/Greene/Washington)
Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester/Delaware)
Senator Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton)
Senator Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland)
Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia)
Representative Chris Quinn (R-Delaware)

Deb Ryan, Chester County District Attorney
Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County District Attorney
Sherri Landis, Executive Director – the Arc of Pennsylvania
Matt Holliday, Board President – Arc of Chester County
Jeanne Meikrantz, Executive Director – Arc of Chester County
Karen DiVincenzo, Director of Development – Arc of Chester County
Brett Burman, Citizen Advocate on LGBTQ Issues
Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director – Pennsylvania Youth Congress
Kendall Stephens, Trans Community Advocate
Shira Goodman, Regional Director – Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia

WHERE:
East Goshen Township Building – 1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380-6199

Streamed live on policy.pasenategop.com

WHEN:
Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 PM

 

CONTACT:
Joshua J. Paul – Executive Director, PA Senate Majority Policy Committee
jpaul@pasen.gov – 717-787-2637

Strengthening Hate Crime Laws in PA

 

Senate Majority Policy Committees

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.

East Goshen Township Building,

1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380-6199 | Chester County


1:00 p.m.        Welcome and Opening Remarks

Senator David G. Argall, Chairman, Senate Majority Policy Committee
Senator Tom Killion

1:10 p.m.        Panel One

Deb Ryan
Chester County District Attorney

Jack Stollsteimer
Delaware County District Attorney

1:25 p.m.        Panel Two

Sherri Landis
Executive Director, the Arc of Pennsylvania

Matt Holliday
Board President, Arc of Chester County

Jeanne Meikrantz
Executive Director, Arc of Chester County

Karen Hayes
Director of Development, Arc of Chester County

Eileen MacDonald
Executive Director, Delaware County Advocacy & Research Organization

1:40 p.m.        Panel Three

Brett Burman
Citizen Advocate on LGBTQ Issues

Jason Landau Goodman
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Youth Congress  

Kendall Stephens
Trans Community Advocate

Shira Goodman
Regional Director of ADL Philadelphia
Anti-Defamation League                       

1:55 p.m.        Panel Four

Representative Tom Murt
Senator Camera Bartolotta

2:10 p.m.        Workshop Discussion 

3:00 p.m.        Adjourn

RESCHEDULED – Policy Workshop to Discuss Strengthening Hate Crime Laws in Pennsylvania for the Intellectually and Physically Disabled and the LGBTQ Community

WEST CHESTER – The Senate Majority Policy Committee workshop to discuss strengthening hate crime laws in Pennsylvania has been rescheduled to take place on Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the East Goshen Township Building.

This workshop discussion is being held at the request of Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester/Delaware) and will feature legislators, local advocates, statewide and county support groups.

More information can be found on the committee’s website at http://policy.pasenategop.com.

Contact: Joshua J. Paul – Executive Director, PA Senate Majority Policy Committee

jpaul@pasen.gov – 717.787.2637

 

POSTPONED – Policy Workshop to Discuss Strengthening Hate Crime Laws in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee workshop to discuss strengthening hate crime laws in Pennsylvania has been postponed. This event was requested by Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester/Delaware).

A new date and time for the workshop is being scheduled to accommodate the panelists’ and senators’ schedules. The new date is projected to take place either the week of October 5 or the week of October 12.

A confirmed date for the event will be announced next week.

Contacts: Joshua J. Paul

717.787.2637

Senate Committee to Discuss Prospects of Strengthening Hate Crime Laws in Pennsylvania

WEST CHESTER – At the request of Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware/Chester) the Senate Majority Policy Committee will discuss strengthening Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws. This event will take place on Friday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m.

“Crimes motivated by racial or religious prejudice, sexual orientation or identity or physical abilities are particularly abhorrent,” said Senator Killion. “They are contrary to the ideals of our Commonwealth, and we must stand in clear support of those targeted for violence because of their personal characteristics or traits.”

In 2017, there was national outrage after an abhorrent attack on a man with Cerebral Palsy outside a convenience store in West Chester. In response to this attack, Senator Killion crafted Senate 444 which would add individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities to those protected by Pennsylvania’s hate crime statute.

Members of the LGBTQ community have also stressed the need to have hate crime laws extended to those who identify as LGBTQ. Pennsylvania passed a hate crimes bill in 2002 which covered those who identify as LGBTQ, but the Commonwealth Court struck down the law in 2008 as a result of a technicality in the law. Both Republicans and Democrats have advocated to re-establish this law. 

“The Senate Majority Policy Committee exists for our members to further research and discuss the issues that are important to them and to the districts that they represent,” said Majority Policy Chair Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). “Senator Killion has taken the lead on this issue and I look forward to the upcoming conversation that he has made clear is important to him and to his constituents.”

More information can be found on the committee’s website at http://policy.pasenategop.com.

 

Contact: Joshua J. Paul

717.787.2637

 

Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss the future of telemedicine in Pennsylvania

WHAT: 

At the request of Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) the Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a public workshop discussion with medical professionals to discuss the future of telemedicine in Pennsylvania

WHO:

Senate Majority Policy Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill)
Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming)
Senator Michelle Brooks (R-Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren)
Senator Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton)
Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence)

Stephanie Watkins, the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania
Jack Protetch Sr., Allegheny Health Network
Kelly J. Shields, Ph.D., Enterprise Analytics | Highmark Health
Ellen Mazo, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh| UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
Mariel Garcia, MBA, UPMC Global Care | UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Mara Svoboda, BSN, MS, UPMC
Kathleen Morouse, UPMC Passavant

WHERE:
Community College of Beaver County – streamed live on policy.pasenategop.com

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 AM

CONTACT:    Joshua J. Paul – Executive Director, PA Senate Majority Policy Committee
jpaul@pasen.gov – 717-787-2637

The Future of Telemedicine in PA

Senate Majority Policy Committees

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.

Beaver County Community College

1 Campus Dr, Monaca, PA 15061 | Beaver County

 

The Future of Telemedicine in PA

10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Senator David G. Argall, Chairman, Senate Majority Policy Committee
Senator Elder Vogel

10:10 a.m.
Panel One

Stephanie Watkins
The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania

Jack Protetch
Sr. Program Manager – Telehealth, Allegheny Health Network

Kelly J. Shields, Ph.D.
Senior Research Data Scientist
Data Science R&D
Enterprise Analytics | Highmark Health               

10:25 a.m.
Panel Two

Mara Svoboda, BSN, MS
Systems Analyst-Telemedicine, UPMC

Kathleen Morouse, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN-K
Advanced Clinical Education Specialist, UPMC Passavant

Jeanine Wigton, DNP
Advanced Certified Telemedicine Telehealth Professional

10:40 a.m.
Panel Three

Ellen Mazo
Director of Government Affairs, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

Mariel Garcia, MBA
Sr. Director, Telemedicine, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

10:55 a.m.
Workshop Discussion 

12:00 a.m.
Adjourn

Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss future of telemedicine in Pennsylvania

MONACA – At the request of Senator Elder A. Vogel Jr. (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) the Senate Majority Policy Committee will discuss the future of telemedicine in Pennsylvania. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 AM. 

“Since the veto of SB 857 in April, we continue to hear from patients, doctors, and hospitals regarding their need for this legislation. Although that bill has been stopped, the demands for telemedicine have grown exponentially. We are continuing our work with experts and professionals throughout the healthcare industry to discuss our next steps forward. We will continue our fight for telemedicine in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Vogel.

Telemedicine is the method in which doctors and other health care professionals evaluate and treat patients by using telecommunications technology as opposed to a physical visit to the doctor’s office. Though telemedicine has gained popularity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has its origins in the 1950’s.  

Senate Bill 857, sponsored by Senator Vogel, was drafted to help patients receive health care consultation through telemedicine. Despite the bill passing from both the House of Representatives (111-77) and the Senate (29-21), the Governor vetoed the bill.

“Telemedicine helps Pennsylvanians, especially our rural residents, receive the healthcare consultation that the need,” said Majority Policy Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). “With the ongoing pandemic, many people have been opting out of the traditional doctor’s office visit and have instead turned to remote visits. It’s disappointing that Governor Wolf vetoed Senator Vogel’s bill which would have expanded telemedicine in the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 857 had the potential to help millions of Pennsylvanians. I look forward to this conversation hosted by Senator Vogel about the future of this issue in Pennsylvania.”  

More information can be found on the committee’s website at http://policy.pasenategop.com

 

Contact: Joshua J. Paul
717.787.2637

House and Senate Policy Committees to Review Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

KINGSTON – The House and the Senate Majority Policy Committees will host a joint hearing on the implementation of the Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit Program on Thursday, September 24.

“Incentives for manufacturers to build facilities that create jobs are always important, but are critical in the current economy,” said House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Representative Martin Causer (R-McKean/Cameron/Potter). “This hearing will allow committee members to hear from industry leaders who plan to use Pennsylvania energy resources to create jobs and manufacture products here in the Commonwealth.”

The Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit law adds incentives for manufacturers to invest in Pennsylvania communities and recruit and employ local workers in the state. The program is available to those facilities that use dry natural gas to produce fertilizer and other petrochemical products.

Businesses would be required to invest more than $400 million in a Pennsylvania facility and create at least 800 jobs in order to qualify for a tax credit.

“People in the district that I represent tell me that their number one priority is jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Senate Majority Policy Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). “This tax credit was approved after a long, bipartisan effort by Senator Yudichak (I-Carbon/Luzerne) and Representative Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and will help deliver crucial energy jobs to Pennsylvania. My friend and colleague Senator Lisa Baker, who represents a large portion of northeastern PA, perfectly summed up this legislation when she described it as an effort to encourage greater use of a state resource to expand manufacturing capabilities and bolster employment.”

The joint Policy hearing will take place on Thursday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to watch the event live on the Senate Majority Policy Committee’s website or the House Majority Policy Committee’s website.

More information can be found at policy.pasenategop.com or at pagoppolicy.com.

Contact: Joshua J. Paul – Executive Director, PA Senate Majority Policy Committee

717.787.2637.