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Governor Wolf has signed Act 10, the state’s new animal cruelty prevention bill, at a public celebration surrounded by advocates and members of the legislature. Act 10 is being called “Libre’s Law” after a dog that was saved last July from an Amish dog-breeding facility in Lancaster County. Libre had been left for dead, suffering from a host of ailments including sepsis and mange. His rescue drew international media attention and the puppy’s recovery was followed on social media.
A group of Democratic lawmakers announced a package of bills today aimed at increasing voter participation in Pennsylvania. Sen. Boscola’s bills in the package would allow for Election Day voter registration (Senate Bill 282) and would allow employees time off to vote on an Election Day (Senate Bill 284).
Governor Wolf has signed a new pension reform bill into law. Senator Boscola says it’s designed to protect current retirees and employees and allow future employees to choose from pension plans that risk some of their own money.
Senator Boscola is the prime co-sponsor of Senate Bill 22, legislation designed to stop the political subdividing of the state by providing for a Redistricting Commission that is solely comprised of independent citizens.
Legislation that would allow Nurse Practitioners to offer quality health care services to Pennsylvanians was the subject of a rally in the state Capitol. Senate Bill 25 would allow nurse practitioners to provide essential health care services after meeting professional and training requirements.
Senator Boscola joins with a colleague on the floor of the Senate to declare April “Community College Month” in Pennsylvania.
Senator Boscola’s legislation intended to make our roadways safe during winter weather is one step closer to becoming law.
Senator Boscola is part of a bipartisan group of legislators who want to allow the legalization of video gaming terminals. The bill would allow all places with a liquor license plus establishments such as clubs and VFW’s to own and operate VGT’s, with all 67 counties receiving a portion of the profits.
Senator Boscola responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32.3 billion state budget proposal for fiscal 2017-18 by saying that his budget proposal is a workable solution to the state’s financial challenges.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 3, which increases restrictions on abortion in Pennsylvania. Here are the remarks Senator Boscola — the only female member of the Committee — made at that hearing, questioning the necessity and the purpose of the legislation.
Senator Boscola and her fellow Senate Democrats are asking Governor Wolf to call a special session of the General Assembly to focus on reforming or eliminating property taxes.
Senator Boscola introduces Senate Resolution 16, recognizing January 2017 as National Blood Donor Month in Pennsylvania.
Senator Boscola, speaking on the Senate floor, expresses her appreciation for those who marched in the Women’s Marches across the country and around the world on Saturday, January 21st
Senator Boscola talks about a hearing at the Capitol in Harrisburg during which the Senate Judiciary Committee joined with the Democratic and Republican Policy Committees to look at the proposed closure of two state prisons in June – the state Department of Corrections is looking at five prisons across the state, and says it will decide soon which two to close.
Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Boscola advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.
Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Boscola suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
In an effort to build support for legislation that would allow early voting in Pennsylvania, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing yesterday in Pittsburgh to gather testimony from county officials, the League of Women Voters, and Common Cause, among others. Here’s more with Senator Boscola, policy committee chair, who says Pennsylvania is way behind many other states when it comes to election reform — and legislation that would provide greater convenience to voters is being held up by state lawmakers who aren’t interested in increasing voter turnout.
Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Boscola says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
Senator Boscola speaks on the floor of the Senate as she introduces a Resolution Marking November as Food Pantry Donation Awareness Month.
Senator Boscola speaks on the floor of the Senate to discuss the importance of chiropractors in treating vertebral subluxation and to introduce a Senate Resolution on the topic.
Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this November’s Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Boscola reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Boscola reminds drivers to watch out for highway workers, police and emergency personnel who may be on the shoulder of the road.
Pennsylvania Moment: Lyme disease has been found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Senator Boscola has some simple tips to help everyone avoid Lyme disease this summer, as well as the West Nile and Zika viruses carried by mosquitoes.