Senate Aging and Youth passes trio of bills

Senate Aging and Youth passes trio of bills

The Senate Aging and Youth Committee passed through three bills Monday with unanimous support. The measures focus on reforms to the Older Adult Protective Services Act, a change in lottery payouts, and updating mailing lists for state benefits. 

Senate Bill 819 was the lone Senate bill discussed Monday during the committee’s brisk voting session. Introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Bucks), it focuses on stricter guidelines on reporting elder abuse and instituting varying degrees of punishment for violators. Offering remarks on the bill, Sen. Mensch noted how well the child abuse legislation passed during his tenure as committee chair has worked for the state, and how he saw similar opportunity to bolster existing laws relating to seniors. 
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults

Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults

Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Bucks) introduced legislation in August that would significantly alter the Older Adult Protective Services Act. His bill would place more emphasis on mandatory reporting, something he says is crucial to protecting Pennsylvania seniors.
 
Mensch’s legislation, Senate Bill 819, creates a framework for oversight and information sharing, including legal challenges to interference. It also removes a good portion of the original law passed in 1987.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Sen. Bob Mensch’s (R-Montgomery) Senate Resolution 237, which would encourage county and local government and emergency services agencies to work with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Public Safety Radio to create interoperability for the latest iteration of the Statewide Radio Network (STARnet), recently was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 

It is the latest move in an effort to solve the decades-long process of creating a statewide public safety radio network.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment & Government Operation held a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed operational fee for Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

In order to increase funding for state police, Gov. Wolf has proposed a $25 per capita fee on local municipalities that do not otherwise have full time or part time police coverage.

Legislators had preliminary concerns about creating the $25 fee, because the average cost is around $225 for a trooper, and they believe this number could rise in the future costing taxpayers much more money.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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