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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]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Revenue/Lottery

February 18, 2020
I expressed concerns about the financial impact of the growing number of gambling options available in Pennsylvania and delays in the implementation of certain games during the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PARevenue and @PALottery.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Independent Fiscal Office

February 18, 2020
The impact of games of skill on @PALottery sales was the topic of one of my questions for @Ind_Fisc_Office Director Matthew Knittel. #PASenate #PAbudget     [Read More]

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Senators Aument and Martin Express Concerns About Wolf Budget Plan

February 04, 2020
Lancaster County Senators Ryan P. Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13) voiced concerns about the level of new spending and borrowing in the $36.1 billion budget plan outlined by Governor Wolf today.   [Read More]

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Senate approves Martin and Phillips-Hill legislation to protect workers’ compensation coverage for injured volunteer fire, EMS personnel

February 03, 2020
Critical members of volunteer fire companies, ambulance corps and rescue squads who are injured in the line of duty would qualify for workers’ compensation coverage under a bill approved by the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).  Listen   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 207, SB 958, and HB1751

January 31, 2020
Senate Local Government Committee | February 5, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. | Main Capitol, Room 461 |     [Read More]

Lancaster County Senators Support Legislation, Grants to Help Fire and EMS Companies

January 30, 2020
Senators Ryan P. Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13) voted in favor of a pair of bills this week that would help fire and EMS companies deal with some of the most significant financial and recruitment challenges they face today. Listen   [Read More]

State Grants Support New Career Learning Opportunities for Lancaster County Students

January 24, 2020
Several state grants awarded to schools and other entities in Lancaster County will support new career-focused learning opportunities for students, according to Senators Ryan P. Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13). Listen - Senator Martin Listen - Senator Aument   [Read More]

Grant Awarded to Millersville University to Boost Campus Security, Reduce Sexual Assault

January 17, 2020
Millersville University will receive a $29,995 grant to help improve campus security and provide resources to reduce the risk of sexual assault, according to Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13). Listen-Senator Aument   [Read More]

Lancaster Senators Support New Protections for Sexual Abuse Survivors, Including Statute of Limitations Reforms

November 20, 2019
The Senate approved a comprehensive package of bills today to support survivors of sexual abuse, including legislation to reform the statute of limitations to give survivors more time to come forward, according to Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13), who both supported the bills. Aument Audio Martin Audio   [Read More]

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Senate Approves Down Syndrome Protection Act

November 20, 2019
A bill that would prohibit the practice of selectively aborting babies based solely on a diagnosis of Down syndrome earned Senate approval today, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13), who supported the bill.     [Read More]

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Pediatric Cancer Tax Credit

November 20, 2019
Senator Martin discusses the importance of the Senate’s decision to unanimously pass his pediatric cancer tax credit legislation (Senate Bill 74).   [Read More]