February 2019

On the anniversary of the shooting deaths of high school students in Parkland, Florida, Senator Boscola and fellow Senate Democrats are looking for ways to reduce gun violence in the state.

With more winter weather on the way, Senator Boscola is renewing her call for her legislation that would require vehicles to remove all ice and snow before heading out on the road.

Called by Senator Jim Brewster, Senator Boscola and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee joined with their counterparts in the House for a hearing in Clairton on ways to improve air quality, community notification procedures and emergency response. The hearing was prompted by a December 24, 2018, fire at the Clairton Coke Works that resulted in emissions of high levels of sulfur dioxide and damage to the facility’s gas processing system.

Senator Boscola reacts to Governor Wolf’s 2019 Budget Address

January 2019

Senator Boscola speaks on the floor of the Senate to ask for passage of Christine’s Law, requiring the removal of snow and ice from vehicles.

June 2018

Senator Boscola’s comments on the 2018 state Budget

Senator Boscola reminds families that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — covers all kids with quality health insurance.

May 2018

The state Supreme Court’s reading of the Crime Victims Act means some townships, churches and non-profits don’t get restitution when someone steals money from them. The state Senate has passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator Boscola to correct that.

May is Military Appreciation Month. Senator Boscola encourages Pennsylvania’s veterans to take advantage of the benefits they’ve earned.

April 2018

The Senate has passed and sent to the House Senator Boscola’s bill designed to prevent wintertime tragedies on our highways.

Senator Boscola addressed a rally of social workers in the state Capitol Rotunda in support of legislation that would upgrade a 20 year-old law to license social workers — a law that hasn’t been touched since it was first passed.

The state Supreme Court says a township scammed out of more than 800 thousand dollars can’t get its money back. Senator Boscola says taxpayers are the real losers, and she’s introducing legislation to change that.

Senator  Boscola joined activists in urging the House of Representatives to act on a bill that would allow nurse-practitioners to practice independently, especially in areas of the state where doctors are scarce.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Senator Boscola has information about Pennsylvania’s Child Abuse Hotline that could save a child’s life.

March 2018

Senator Boscola’s bill making its way through the Pennsylvania Senate would let ordinary citizens set federal and state political boundaries to prevent gerrymandering.

The state Senate has approved a package of bills, including legislation sponsored by Senator Boscola, to help those who are victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

Senator Boscola says Pennsylvania is ready to help families save for college by providing a savings plan with some tax advantages.

February 2018

If you’re looking for a job, Senator Boscola says that help is available.

January 2018

Democrats in the state Senate laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018. Senator Boscola talked about property tax reform, especially in light of new federal tax laws.

Winter weather is here, and Senator Boscola is advising travelers to check with PA 511 and get road conditions before venturing out.

November 2017

Lehigh Valley residents looking for 2018 open enrollment guidance are invited to visit my Bethlehem District office on Tuesday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Certified experts will be available to assist with questions about the individual health insurance marketplace, and Medicare enrollment.  Participants need to bring identification and proof of income (such as a W-2 or pay stub).

Senator Boscola has introduced a Resolution, passed unanimously in the Senate, to establish a task force to address the health care needs of Pennsylvania’s growing female veteran population.

October, 2017

Legislation that would make it easier for those with mental or physical disabilities to get life-saving transplants has stalled in the House of Representatives. Senator Boscola joined with fellow Senators and advocates to urge action on the bill.

September, 2017

Senator Boscola urges everyone to help the victims of this summer’s hurricanes, but warns that you shouldn’t become a victim yourself.

August 2017

Senator Boscola says now that school is back in session, drivers should keep alert around school buses.

June 2017

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.

May 2017

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.

April 2017

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.

March 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

January 2017

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.