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Senate Passes Abortion Control Act Reform Legislation

February 8th, 2017

Today the State Senate passed legislation updating the Abortion Control Act to prevent abortions from being performed after 20 weeks and further prohibit dismemberment abortions, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati: Governor’s 2017-2018 Budget Proposal Requires Thorough Review

February 7th, 2017

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) said that he will be carefully reviewing the 2017-2018 state budget announced today by Governor Tom Wolf.[... Read More ]

Senate Leaders Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal: Raise Concerns About Future Cost-Drivers, Including Pensions

February 7th, 2017

Responding to Governor Wolf’s budget address today, Senate Republicans said they will continue to advocate fiscal responsibility, as they have done in previous budgets, and prioritize the process of finding government efficiencies.
 
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Senate Bill 8 (Asset Forfeiture Reform) Press Release

January 31st, 2017

Today, the PA Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) and Senator Joe Scarnati’s (R-25) Senate Bill 8, to reform Pennsylvania’s Asset Forfeiture Law.
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Scarnati Announces $2.75 Million PENNVEST Funding Awarded in McKean County

January 25th, 2017

The Norwich Township Phase II Water System Improvement Project has been awarded $2,750,000 through the state’s PENNVEST Program to make major improvements, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $1 Million Pipeline Investment Grant in Elk County

January 24th, 2017

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a $1 million state grant for Domtar Paper Company’s installation of a 3 mile pipeline to their facility in Elk County, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Scavello, Scarnati Introduce Measure To Modernize PA History Code, Preserve Items

January 24th, 2017

Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) today introduced legislation to update laws governing Pennsylvania historic preservation.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces Senate Republican Standing Committee Memberships for 2017-2018

January 20th, 2017

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced the Republican members for each of the 22 Senate Standing Committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $700,000 Grant for City of DuBois Transportation Alternative Project

January 11th, 2017

The City of DuBois in Clearfield County has been awarded a grant of $700,000 to extend the walkway and provide bus pull off areas along Beaver Drive in the Industrial Park, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Sworn-In as Senate President Pro Tempore

January 3rd, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate convened today in Harrisburg to mark the start of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces Senate Standing Committee Chairs for 2017-2018

December 29th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced the Republican Chairs for each of the 22 Senate Standing Committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $724,984 in State Funding for 25th Senatorial District

December 6th, 2016

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $724,984 in state funding for two local transportation projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Grant for Straub Brewery

November 23rd, 2016

A $1 million state grant has been awarded for Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s in Elk County, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for 2017-2018 Legislative Session

November 16th, 2016

After voters re-elected all Republican incumbents and five new Senators last week, Senate Republicans strengthened their majority to the largest level in 66 years. Today, Senate Republicans re-elected their leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session, retaining the current team to serve in their respective roles.[... Read More ]

Senate Republicans Welcome Members to Growing Majority

November 10th, 2016

Senate Republicans are welcoming five new members to the Senate majority, including three elected by voters to seats previously held by Democrats.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Grant for DuBois Area School District Pilot Program

November 4th, 2016

A $200,000 state grant has been awarded for DuBois Area School District for an educational pilot program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces Heating Assistance Program Now Open for 2016-2017

November 1st, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program will begin accepting applications on November 1st, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Open Letter From State Senate Leaders to PA Health Insurers Regarding Obamacare Rates

October 28th, 2016

Attached is an open letter to Pennsylvania health insurers from Senator President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Don White regarding the recently approved Obamacare rates. Attached Letter[... Read More ]

Scarnati: Senate Approves Legislation Prohibiting Sanctuary Cities

October 26th, 2016

The State Senate today approved bi-partisan legislation that would prevent municipalities from obstructing federal efforts to deport illegal immigrants charged with committing crimes, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who strongly supported the measure.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $1.15 Million in State Funding for 25th Senatorial District

October 24th, 2016

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $1,155,499 in state funding for 6 local flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Grant for Bradford Family YMCA

October 14th, 2016

A $500,000 state grant has been awarded for Bradford Family YMCA in McKean County, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Grant for Westfield Business Park

October 14th, 2016

A $1.5 million state grant has been awarded to the Tioga County Development Corporation for Westfield Business Park in Tioga County, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Grant for DuBois Miracle Field

September 30th, 2016

A $1.25 million state grant has been awarded for DuBois Miracle Field in the City of DuBois in Clearfield County, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces Next Phase of Lock Haven Court Remediation in Clinton County

September 29th, 2016

The next phase of the Lock Haven Court apartment building remediation in Clinton County will begin in October, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Senate Approves Legislation to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

September 28th, 2016

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved three measures aimed to address the state’s growing opioid addiction crisis, adding to bills already approved by the Senate and sent to the House of Representatives.
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Senate Leaders Urge State Residents to Take Part in Sept. 21 Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin/Opioid Crisis

September 16th, 2016

Combatting Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid crisis will be the focus of a special Telephone Town Hall, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 from the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
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Over $1 Million Raised for the Scarnati/Stack 100 Charity Bike Ride

September 8th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) will host the eighth annual three-day, 100-mile charity bike ride from Gettysburg to Annville to raise money for three children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania.[... Read More ]

Senate Leaders Comment on Governor Wolf’s Selection of an Interim Attorney General

August 18th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) have issued a statement on the Governor’s nomination of a new Attorney General: “Governor Wolf’s nomination of Bruce Beemer will help to provide stability for the office of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General. We believe that Mr. Beemer will represent the legal interests of the Commonwealth in a trustworthy manner.[... Read More ]

Conviction of Attorney General Kathleen Kane

August 16th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement on the conviction of Attorney General Kathleen Kane: “In light of the multiple felony convictions, Kathleen Kane should resign immediately as Attorney General. If she elects not to, the Senate will work toward bringing this saga to a close, including an imminent return to session to reconsider her removal under Article VI Section 7 of the state Constitution.”[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces Liquor Changes & Expanded Sunday Hours for Local State Stores

August 10th, 2016

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has now implemented new Sunday hours and the debut of Pennsylvania Lottery sales at various Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across Pennsylvania, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $4 Million State Award for Kyle Lake

July 27th, 2016

Kyle Lake in Jefferson County will soon be receiving $4 million to aid with rehabilitation of the lake and restoration of the dam, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2017.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Receives Italian Consular Award

July 26th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati has been awarded the 2016 Consular Award by the Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Funding Awarded in Potter County

July 20th, 2016

The Mark Bachman Manure Storage Facility in Potter County has been awarded an $182,129 grant through the state’s PENNVEST Program to make major water quality improvements, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati: PILT Increase Legislation Sent to the Governor

July 13th, 2016

Today Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has announced that legislation to increase the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) amount per acre that local counties, municipalities and school districts receive has been sent to the governor for his signature.[... Read More ]

Statement from Senators Scarnati and Corman

July 10th, 2016

Unfortunately, a final revenue agreement has not yet been reached. Various proposals have been put on the table. Negotiations persist and we remain committed to continuing to work toward reaching a final compromise that will fully fund the approved spending plan while at the same time does not include broad-based increases in income or sales taxes.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $8.7 Million in State Funding for 25th Senatorial District

July 1st, 2016

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $8,780,794 in state funding for 13 local transportation, energy, flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces PILT Increase Part of Final Budget Package

June 30th, 2016

Today Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has announced that legislation to increase the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) amount per acre that local counties, municipalities and school districts receive will be a part of this year’s budget package.
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Senate Leaders Hail Passage of On-Time, State Spending Plan: Measure Will Increase Funds for Schools, Drug Prevention 

June 29th, 2016

The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
 
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Scarnati Announces Senate Confirmation of Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy

June 29th, 2016

The Pennsylvania State Senate, on Monday, unanimously confirmed Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy to serve on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Senate Leaders: Addressing PA’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic a Top Priority

June 23rd, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) today highlighted the importance of continuing to address the widespread heroin and opioid addiction across Pennsylvania.[... Read More ]

Scarnati, Causer Announce Senior Community Center Grant Awards

June 14th, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has awarded two local senior centers with grants to improve their programs, services and facilities, Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) and Representative Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.[... Read More ]

Senate Leaders Urge Gov. Wolf to Sign Liquor Modernization Bill

June 7th, 2016

Senate leaders and Senate Law and Justice Committee Chair Chuck McIlhinney offered the following statements on House passage of legislation that would modernize liquor store sales in Pennsylvania, giving consumers greater convenience. House Bill 1690, which passed the Senate in December 2015, now goes to the Governor for his consideration.[... Read More ]

Scarnati: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to December 31

June 6th, 2016

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31, 2016 to allow eligible individuals more time to take advantage of the program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Funding for Tioga County Maple Farm

June 3rd, 2016

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced approval of a $350,000 state loan to boost the export potential of a Tioga County maple syrup producer.[... Read More ]

Scarnati has Meeting with DEP Concerning Watershed

May 20th, 2016

Following discussions with local residents regarding the future of shale drilling on Brockway Municipal Authority property, Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been actively engaged in discussions with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).[... Read More ]

Senate, House Leaders Call on Wolf to Protect Excellent Teachers

May 17th, 2016

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), along with school board representatives and education advocates, today called on Gov. Tom Wolf to side with Pennsylvania schools and sign House Bill 805.
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Huston Township Awarded Traffic Safety Grant

May 17th, 2016

Huston Township in Clearfield County has been awarded a $53,020 state grant to fund a red light safety project aimed at reducing traffic accidents, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Media Advisory - Senate, House Leaders Call on Gov. Wolf to Sign Teacher Furlough Reform Bill

May 16th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in the East Wing Rotunda, regarding House Bill 805 – the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, which ends the practice of using seniority as the determining factor for layoffs in Pennsylvania and instead requires several factors including teacher performance and seniority to guide furlough and reinstatement decisions.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $2.1 Million in State Grants for McKean County Rail Companies

May 13th, 2016

Two McKean County rail companies will soon receive $2.1 million in state grants to help expand local operations and create and retain jobs, according to State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Capitol Hunger Garden Opens for 7th Season

May 11th, 2016

Today Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) and numerous hunger awareness advocates joined together for a public event to mark the 7th season opening of the Capitol Hunger Garden.
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Senators Scarnati, Corman Encourage Governor to Reconsider Promised Veto of Education Reform that Protects Teachers

May 10th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) released a statement today urging Governor Wolf to reconsider his promised veto of House Bill 805, common-sense education reform legislation:[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $480,000 in State Funding for ECUA

May 10th, 2016

Providing area residents with access to affordable higher education is critical to providing new career opportunities for students and improving the economy, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), who today announced funding is being awarded to the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA).[... Read More ]

MEDIA ADVISORY - Hunger Garden Opening 5.11.16 at 9:00 a.m

May 9th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) will hold a public event to mark the opening of the 7th season of the Capitol Hunger Garden on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. directly in front of the garden.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $1 Million Award for Bradford Regional Medical Center

May 6th, 2016

Bradford Regional Medical Center will soon be receiving $1 million to aid with general hospital operations, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $1.2 Million in Growing Greener Grants Awarded for Local Environmental Projects

May 2nd, 2016

Five organizations in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $1,194,820 in state Growing Greener grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).[... Read More ]

Senate President Pro Tempore Scarnati, Majority Leader Corman Welcome Killion to Senate

April 27th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) today congratulated Senator-elect Tom Killion on his election to the state Senate in Tuesday’s special election in the 9th Senatorial District.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces State Grant Awards for Local Volunteer Fire & EMS Companies

April 22nd, 2016

State grants totaling more than $1.4 million were awarded for volunteer fire, EMS and ambulance companies in the 25th Senatorial District, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Urges Area Senior Centers to Apply for State Grants

April 8th, 2016

Area Senior Community Centers are encouraged to apply for state grants of up to $150,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to improve their programs, services and facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Senator Scarnati Comments on Governor Wolf’s Distribution Announcement

April 6th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s distribution of Basic Education Funding:[... Read More ]

Scarnati: Wolf’s Fiscal Code Veto Will Have Local Impact

April 1st, 2016

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) today warned of the negative effects Governor Wolf’s veto of the state’s fiscal code will have within the region.[... Read More ]

Senate Leaders Condemn Governor’s Cutting $439 Million For Schools Through Veto of Fiscal Code

March 28th, 2016

Calling it another move to a create a crisis for Pennsylvania schools and taxpayers, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) condemned Governor Wolf’s decision to veto the state’s bipartisan fiscal code which serves as the map for spending state funds.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Statement on Completion of 2015-16 Budget

March 23rd, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement following today’s budget announcement by Governor Wolf:[... Read More ]

Senate Votes to Restore Wolf’s Cuts to Schools, Agriculture

March 16th, 2016

The State Senate voted today to restore funding to a number of programs that were vetoed by Governor Wolf in December, including critical funds for education, agriculture and rural hospitals, according to Senate Republican Leaders.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Statement on United States Supreme Court Case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

March 2nd, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement regarding the United States Supreme Court Hearing which begins today for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:[... Read More ]

Senators Scarnati, Corman: Wolf Administration Focused on Political Partisanship

March 2nd, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement regarding the Wolf Administration’s firing of Gary Baker and attached response letter.[... Read More ]

Op-Ed: Local Healthcare Funding Is Vital for Our Community

February 24th, 2016

As the budget stalemate continues in Harrisburg, I know the hardworking constituents who reside in my Senatorial District are growing frustrated with the consequences of state funding not being distributed in a timely fashion. Rightfully so.[... Read More ]

Scarnati Statement on IFO Impact Fee Report

February 18th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement following the Independent Fiscal Office report released on the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee:[... Read More ]

Senator Scarnati responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget

February 9th, 2016

Senator Scarnati responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget, which calls for massive increases in taxes and spending.
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Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Gov. Wolf’s Call For Massive Increases in State Taxes, Spending

February 9th, 2016

Senate Republican leaders offered the following reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today. His plan would increase taxes on state residents and job-creators by $3.6 billion and spending by $2.45 billion.
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Scarnati: Senate will Vote on Removal of Attorney General

February 8th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement on the Senate vote on removal of the Attorney General:[... Read More ]

Scarnati Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision

February 5th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement following the Supreme Court’s denial of Kathleen Kane’s petition to reinstate her law license:[... Read More ]

Scarnati Statement Following Special Committee Report to the Full Senate

January 27th, 2016

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement following the Special Committee on Senate Address release of the full Senate report:[... Read More ]

Scarnati Announces $3.67 Million PENNVEST Funding Awarded for Clearfield & Jefferson Counties

January 20th, 2016

The Sykesville Borough Water Council water system which services portions of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties has been awarded $3,670,000 through the state’s PENNVEST Program to make major improvements, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).[... Read More ]

Scarnati Sworn In as Senate President Pro Tempore

January 5th, 2016

Today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2016.
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Statement by Senate Leaders on Gov. Wolf’s Decision To Release State Funding Approved by Legislature

December 29th, 2015

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-16) and Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-27) released the following statement on Governor Wolf’s decision today to release emergency funding approved by the legislature to help schools and social service agencies.[... Read More ]