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Weekly Session Wrap-Up--State Senator Mensch's Report

      Week of June 11, 2018 In this Edition: Mensch Urges Governor to Sign Bill Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities Senate ...

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Smucker and Foxx Urge Department of Labor Action to Fight Opioids

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) today sent a letter to ...

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Conservative Icon Charles Krauthammer Faces Death with Dignity

~ Conservative Zone The former Democrat who emerged as a leading conservative voice influenced American thought through words and inspired millions ...

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Study: Fewer Children of Divorce Get Degrees

Research considers impact of divorce on professional degree achievement Getty Images BY: Charles Fain Lehman/ the Washington Free Beacon The children of divorced parents ...

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Man Gets 6 Years in Prison for Threatening Sen. Joni Ernst

AP   Katherine Rodriguez/Breitbart News Network A judge sentenced an Iowa man to six years in federal prison on Wednesday for sending a ...

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Justice Department IG Report: FBI Agents Regularly Received Free Handouts From Journalists

Joe Simonson / @SaysSimonson / The Daily Signal Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, speaks at a press conference on the ...

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Kerry Picket | Reporter The Daily Caller Former FBI Director James Comey and other bureau employees told investigators they thought Department of Justice prosecutors ...

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Major Revelation From Recent IG Report Shows Obama Had DIRECT ACCESS To Hillary’s Illegal Email Server

by Doyle Alexander /en-volve     A recent report compiled by U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz makes public new allegations and contradicts ...

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Where’s The Justice?! Obama Appointed Judge Pulls One Straight Out Of The Russian Play Book, JAILS Manafort

by Doyle Alexander /envolve   In a soviet-style court-move leftist Obama appointee Judge Amy Berman known for hatred of Trump and conservatives said, “I ...

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Report: GOP Leaders Hammer Rosenstein Over ‘Intimidation’ Tactics and ‘Chilling’ Threats

By Chris Agee /WJ Some Republicans are ratcheting up the rhetoric against Rod Rosenstein following recent reports. The deputy U.S. attorney general, who assumed ...

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Report: More Than 100,000 Non-Citizens Are Registered Voters in Pennsylvania


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The Public Interest Legal Foundation argued that non-citizens have been voting in Pennsylvania for decades,

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ICYMI: Interior Provides Nearly $55.7 Million in Conservation Funding for Pennsylvania to Reclaim and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines


Date: February 26, 2018 Contacts:

Interior Provides Nearly $55.7 Million in Conservation Funding for Pennsylvania to Reclaim and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants, which will provide $55,657,898 million to Pennsylvania to reclaim abandoned coal mines. More than $300 million in AML Reclamation funding will be available to states and tribes in FY 2018.

“Restoring the usability of abandoned mine lands is an example of the Department of the Interior’s multiple-use mission of conservation in action. Interior will continue helping

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Senator Mike Folmer Column: Respect the Constitution!


My love and respect for the Constitution is why I ran for office and it’s also why I recently joined in legal action to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s newly mandated Congressional maps. I carry – and read – both the US and Pennsylvania Constitutions.

We are in a constitutional crisis thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s actions to make the other two branches of government irrelevant. Most alarming, they’re apparently doing this simply because they think they can.

Judges are essential elements of a constitutional republic. Their role offers numerous protections of core government principles written into both our federal and Pennsylvania Constitutions. These principles have worked for decades but are now in jeopardy due to a lack of

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Wagner: Pension costs, post-retirement health care crushing State System of Higher Education


Senator Scott Wagner


February 27, 2018

Wagner: Pension costs, post-retirement health care crushing State System of Higher Education

HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) voiced his concerns for mounting costs plaguing the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

“Let me be crystal clear: I have no intention of closing down the State System of Higher Education,” Wagner said.

At last week’s state budget hearing with PASSHE, Wagner inquired about the continual reports of the retired West Chester University swim coach. Wagner filed a Right-to-Know request seeking the monthly payment made to the former swim coach. Earlier today, Wagner received a response from the State Employees’ Retirement System that said the

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The Commonwealth Foundation Report


Monday, February 26, 2018

“Serving others is part of who I am. But in order to do this type of work, I am forced to check my First Amendment rights at the door.”

These are the words of Mark Janus, a child-support specialist from Illinois. Even though he isn’t a union member, Mark must pay a union. If he doesn’t, he could lose his job. But instead of giving in, he’s fighting back.

Now, he’s the lead plaintiff in Janus v. AFSCME, a historic case being argued at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

The case challenges the status-quo law, under which workers like Mark can be forced to fund a union as a condition of employment.


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State Rep Justin Simmons weekly report



Facebook Website Bio Latest News State Forms Photo Gallery Contact The Weekly Roundup Friday, February 23, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol

Budget Hearings Focusing on Accountability

During this year’s hearings about the 2018-19 state budget proposal, the House Appropriations Committee is focusing on better accountability of tax dollars, private sector jobs and the opioid epidemic.

This week’s slate of hearings included appearances by the Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the departments of Revenue, Transportation and

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Budget Hearing Recap


Week of February 19, 2018

Senate Hearings on Proposed State Budget

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am taking part in three weeks of public hearings on Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018-2019 state budget. Summaries and video of each of the first week’s hearings are listed below. I will follow up with the remaining hearings over the next two weeks. You can view hearings live here.

In this Edition:

Treasury Independent Fiscal Office Approved Private Schools/Charter School for the Deaf and Blind PA Intermediate Units Department of State Auditor General Attorney General State System of Higher Education State Police / Homeland Security PEMA / Fire Commissioner


Senator Mensch discussed his legislation to change

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Protecting Honest Hunters


Weekly Roundup Friday, February 23, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol Protecting Honest Hunters

A new law seeks to protect and encourage honest hunters by addressing situations in which hunters may erroneously harvest an animal and turn the animal into the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Presently, a hunter who harvests a deer or turkey of the wrong sex or accidentally takes two can turn the animals into a wildlife conservation officer and receive a new tag, pay a small fine and suffer no license revocation. Act 3 of 2018, formerly House Bill 359, expands that protection to the other two big game animals, bear and elk.

The new law does not change any of the other penalties hunters face for illegal out-of-season

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