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Martin’s Bill to Extend Emergency Relief for Local Taxpayers Becomes Law

July 23, 2020
A new law authored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) could help more local taxpayers benefit from school property tax discounts and extended payment deadlines. Listen   [Read More]

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House Sends Martin’s Bill to Extend Emergency Relief for Local Taxpayers to Governor

July 14, 2020
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill today sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) that would help more local taxpayers benefit from school property tax discounts and extended payment deadlines.   Listen   [Read More]

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Hearing on HB 1563 (Period Rate Studies of Multi Unit Properties by Authorities)

July 10, 2020
Senate Local Government Committee | July 14, 2020 |     [Read More]

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Informational meeting on the Southcentral PA Economy and COVID-19

June 29, 2020
Senate Majority Policy Committee | June 30, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. | Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation) |     [Read More]

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Senate Approves Sweeping Reforms to Ensure Sustainability of PA State System of Higher Education

June 24, 2020
The Senate approved a set of broad reforms today to protect the future of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and ensure the system has the tools to achieve its mission for many years to come, according to Senators Scott Martin (R-13) and Robert M. “Tommy” Tomlinson (R-6). Senator Martin Senator Tomlinson Listen - Senator Martin Listen - Senator Tomlinson   [Read More]

Martin Bill to Boost PA’s Farmland Preservation Efforts Earns Committee Endorsement

June 23, 2020
The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill today that would boost Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program by expanding eligibility to land trusts, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Scott Martin (R-13). Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Approves Martin Bill to Extend Emergency Relief for Local Taxpayers

June 10, 2020
The Senate unanimously approved a bill today sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) that would help more local taxpayers benefit from school property tax discounts and extended payment deadlines. Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Approves Constitutional Amendment to Limit Length of Future Disaster Declarations

June 10, 2020
Future emergency disaster declarations could not be extended beyond 30 days without legislative approval under a proposed Constitutional Amendment approved by the Senate today, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13), who was one of four Senators who authored the bill. Listen   [Read More]

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Constitutional Amendment (SB 1166)

June 10, 2020
VIDEO: Senator Scott Martin speaks in support of Senate Bill 1166, legislation that would limit the length of an emergency declaration to 30 days unless approved for a longer duration by the General Assembly.   [Read More]

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Senator Martin Supports Resolution to Get PA Back to Work, End Governor Wolf’s Business Shutdown Order

June 09, 2020
Stressing that Governor Wolf’s extended lockdown of Pennsylvania is hurting families and doing irreparable harm to employers, the Senate today voted to approve a measure that would end the statewide shutdown, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13). Listen   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 1039, SB 1188, HB 1564 and HB 2073

June 05, 2020
Senate Local Government Committee | June 8, 2020 | 12 p.m. | Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)     [Read More]

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Passage of Interim State Budget and CARES Funding Distribution

May 28, 2020
Senator Scott Martin comments on Senate passage of a $25.8 billion interim budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 as well as a plan to direct $2.6 billion in federal CARES funding to support individuals, small businesses, organizations and county governments that were most severely impacted by the virus. Listen   [Read More]

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Senator Martin Supports Passage of Bills to Protect Lives, Livelihoods

May 14, 2020
As the number of positive COVID-19 cases steadily decreases locally and statewide, the Senate approved a four-bill package on Wednesday that would give county governments more discretion over their local economies and provide a way for some businesses to reopen -- if they can operate in a manner that protects employees and customers, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13).     [Read More]

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Public Hearing on Ability of Counties to Open Safely

May 12, 2020
Joint Hearing | Senate Aging & Youth Committee AND Senate Local Government Committee | May 13, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. | Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation) |     [Read More]

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Senators Martin, Brooks Announce Hearing to Examine Governor’s Plans to Reopen Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
Members of the Senate Local Government Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will take a closer look at Governor Wolf’s approach to reopening Pennsylvania during a joint hearing on Monday, May 4, beginning at 10 a.m.     [Read More]

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Public hearing on Wolf Administration’s Plan for Reopening Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
JOINT HEARING | Senate Local Government Committee AND Senate Health & Human Services Committee | May 4, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. | Senate Chamber and Remote Participation |     [Read More]

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Senate Approves Measures to Create a Better Process for COVID-19 Mitigation

April 15, 2020
The Senate approved two bills today that would provide some much-needed clarity and common sense to the process of deciding which businesses can safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13).  Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Approves Martin Bill Providing COVID-19 Emergency Measures for Local Governments

April 07, 2020
The Senate approved a bill today sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) that includes emergency measures to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.   Listen   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP

March 04, 2020
At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennsylvaniaDEP, I once again asked Secretary Patrick McDonnell for NOAA weather data to back up the administration’s RGGI & TCI plans, which will hit PA consumers with new costs.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State-Related Universities

March 03, 2020
High student loan debt and increased costs are major concerns for students. I wanted to know what the state-related universities are doing to hold down tuition rates. #PASenate #PABudget hearings.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAgriculture, I asked about efforts to make it more convenient to license dogs and assistance for farmers during down times.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education (Part 2)

February 27, 2020
During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing, I asked the @PADeptofED for input on whether it would be effective to expand the use of mental health assessments for students and how often they should be done.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education (Part 1)

February 27, 2020
As sponsor of a bill to fund school safety grants and the Safe2Say Program, I urged the @PADept ofEd to continue that commitment at #PASenate #PABudget hearing. I also asked about capital costs associated with full-day Kindergarten.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: PennDOT

February 25, 2020
  At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennDOTnews Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian, I discussed REAL ID, structurally deficient bridges & the need for state/local coordination on transportation planning.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: LCB

February 25, 2020
  During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with the PA Liquor Control Board, I asked about future plans to upgrade facilities in Lancaster and whether LCB has the flexibility to adjust personnel and staffing.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Aging

February 24, 2020
  During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with the Department of Aging, I asked about the impact of skill games on the Lottery Fund, reimbursement rates for struggling service providers and the number of Adult Protective Services reported and substantiated.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Auditor General

February 24, 2020
  During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAuditorGen, I asked about audits of managed care organizations.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Labor & Industry

February 24, 2020
  During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing, I spoke with @PALaborIndustry about the importance of modernizing apprenticeship programs, the solvency of the unemployment compensation system and the impact of potential minimum wage increases.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State System of Higher Education

February 20, 2020
I stressed that the @StateSystem must be accountable to taxpayers and students and said it is unfair that the top-performing schools are getting the least amount of state funding at today’s #PASenate #PABudget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Military & Veterans Affairs

February 19, 2020
At today’s @PAMDVA #PASenate #PABudget hearing, I praised the effectiveness of PA veterans courts and urged the department to find community care options for vets in counties where there are no state veteran homes.     [Read More]