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E-news Updates – June 22, 2024
June 22, 2024

E-news Updates – June 22, 2024

In this Update: Senate Honors 2024 State Champion Wrestlers Early Child Care Advocates Continue the Call to Address Teacher Shortage Working Mothers Carry the Burden of Inconsistent Child Care Senate Approves Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs Bill to Improve Early Literacy Receives Senate Support Senate Votes to Expand Access to Benefits for Disabled Veterans […]  [Read More]

Meeting to consider SB 540 and SB 1031; and HB 491
Published: June 21, 2024   |  Meeting: Tuesday, June 25

Meeting to consider SB 540 and SB 1031; and HB 491

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee | Room 461 MCB | Watch Live  [Read More]

E-news Updates – June 14, 2024
June 14, 2024

E-news Updates – June 14, 2024

In this Update: Nursing Accreditation, Utility Stakeholder Groups, Pass Senate Committee Thank You, Somerset Seniors Celebrating 50 Years of Growth “Grow PA” Bills to Support Affordable Pathways to Higher Ed, Career Prep Passes Senate Bill to Protect Property Owners from Squatters Receives Senate Support Senate Approves Legislation Combatting AI “Deepfake” Images of Minors Bill to […]  [Read More]

Stefano Bills on Nursing Accreditation, Utility Stakeholder Groups, Pass Senate Committee
June 12, 2024

Stefano Bills on Nursing Accreditation, Utility Stakeholder Groups, Pass Senate Committee

In a meeting today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted in favor of two bills sponsored by committee chairman, Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32).  [Read More]

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It was a 🥩rare🥩 occasion, but my grandson Henry got to see the capitol last month!

It was a 🥩rare🥩 occasion, but my grandson Henry got to see the capitol last month!

Congratulations to the Bedford County Development Associations and Cell-Con who celebrated a dual ribbon-cutting event at the new BCDA Business Center in the Bedford County Business Park! ✂

Congratulations to the Bedford County Development Associations and Cell-Con who celebrated a dual ribbon-cutting event at the new BCDA Business Center in the Bedford County Business Park! ✂

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee met to vote out six bills, including two of which I sponsored:

☑️ SB 1250 creates a stakeholder group for each public utility service to determine which laws or regulations should be repealed or amended to reduce ratepayer impact.

☑️ SB 1251 will make Pennsylvania Nursing Law compliant with federal rules, allowing both regionally and nationally accredited schools in Pennsylvania to offer RN programs.

☑️ HB 109 - Rep. Joe Ciresi - Establishes the "Prohibition of Early Contract Termination Fees Upon Death" Act.
☑️ HB 327 - PA State Rep. Zach Mako - Amends the Barbers’ License Law to reduce requirements for barber teacher licenses.
☑️ HB 1490 - Rep. Pat Gallagher -Amends the Acupuncture License Act to provide for licensure requirements and continuing education.
☑️ HB 1818 - Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz -Amends the Self-Storage Facility Act to provide for advertising requirements.

These bills now move to the full #PASenate for consideration.

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee met to vote out six bills, including two of which I sponsored:

☑️ SB 1250 creates a stakeholder group for each public utility service to determine which laws or regulations should be repealed or amended to reduce ratepayer impact.

☑️ SB 1251 will make Pennsylvania Nursing Law compliant with federal rules, allowing both regionally and nationally accredited schools in Pennsylvania to offer RN programs.

☑️ HB 109 – Rep. Joe Ciresi – Establishes the "Prohibition of Early Contract Termination Fees Upon Death" Act.
☑️ HB 327 – PA State Rep. Zach Mako – Amends the Barbers’ License Law to reduce requirements for barber teacher licenses.
☑️ HB 1490 – Rep. Pat Gallagher -Amends the Acupuncture License Act to provide for licensure requirements and continuing education.
☑️ HB 1818 – Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz -Amends the Self-Storage Facility Act to provide for advertising requirements.

These bills now move to the full #PASenate for consideration.

Coal fuels our heritage. ⛏👑 Hadyn Chipps, the 68th Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen, addressed the #PASenate on the significance of the coal industry in Southwestern PA and across the commonwealth.

Coal fuels our heritage. ⛏👑 Hadyn Chipps, the 68th Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen, addressed the #PASenate on the significance of the coal industry in Southwestern PA and across the commonwealth.

🚌 Great to have the students of the Bruderhof Communities visit Harrisburg!

🚌 Great to have the students of the Bruderhof Communities visit Harrisburg!

Meet Pat Stefano

Representing Bedford, Fayette, Somerset and some of Westmoreland Counties, Senator Pat Stefano has acquired decades of hands-on budget management and community engagement experience as a third-generation business owner. In addition to chairing the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, he is passionate about streamlining government practices, cultivating economic growth, and fostering educational excellence for all students, starting with early development.
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