Mastriano, Senate Committee Approve Bills to Help Veterans and Extend 911 Law
November 14, 2023

Mastriano, Senate Committee Approve Bills to Help Veterans and Extend 911 Law

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), on Monday advanced three bills to help veterans obtain or maintain certain benefits and also extend Pennsylvania’s law governing 911 emergency responses across the commonwealth.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Improve Oversight of State Veterans Homes
September 21, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Improve Oversight of State Veterans Homes

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today voted to approve legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would improve oversight of the six state-operated veterans homes in Pennsylvania.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Hearing Convened by Mastriano  Looks at Governor Shapiro’s Cell Phone Fee Hike Proposal
September 13, 2023

Senate Committee Hearing Convened by Mastriano Looks at Governor Shapiro’s Cell Phone Fee Hike Proposal

With time running down and lawmakers looking to reauthorize Pennsylvania’s 911 Law before it expires in January 2024, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), held a hearing Monday to consider changes to the law, including Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposal to increase the 911 fee by nearly 20%.  [Read More]

Senate Committee Hearing Monday to Focus on State 911 Law Reauthorization
September 8, 2023

Senate Committee Hearing Monday to Focus on State 911 Law Reauthorization

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), will hold a hearing Monday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m. in North Office Building Hearing Room 1, Harrisburg, to gather testimony related to the reauthorization of Pennsylvania’s 911 Law.  [Read More]

Senate Hearing Stresses Need for Western Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team
August 1, 2023

Senate Hearing Stresses Need for Western Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team

Western Pennsylvania needs its own top-tier urban search and rescue task force in Allegheny County. That was the major theme of a Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing Tuesday in Coraopolis Borough chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), which focused on legislation introduced by Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) to address the problem.  [Read More]

Public Hearing Tuesday to Consider Urban Search and Rescue Teams in Western Pennsylvania
July 31, 2023

Public Hearing Tuesday to Consider Urban Search and Rescue Teams in Western Pennsylvania

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee is holding a joint public hearing with the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Allegheny 911 Center located at 150 Hookstown Road., Coraopolis.  [Read More]

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Advances State Fire Commissioner Nomination and Two Measures
June 28, 2023

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Advances State Fire Commissioner Nomination and Two Measures

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), advanced Monday the nomination of Acting State Fire Commissioner Tom Cook to the full Senate.  [Read More]

Mastriano and Senate Committee Approve Bill to Support Veteran Businesses
June 19, 2023

Mastriano and Senate Committee Approve Bill to Support Veteran Businesses

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), today approved three measures, including one aimed at helping veteran-owned businesses in the commonwealth.  [Read More]

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March 21, 2023

Norfolk Southern CEO at Senate Committee Hearing: Ignition of Rail Cars Following East Palestine Trainwreck was a ‘Success’

  HARRISBURG – The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), heard testimony Monday from Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw, who described as a “success” the intentional ignition of dangerous chemicals in five railroad cars following the company’s trainwreck on Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, just west of […]  [Read More]

Senate Committee Hears Powerful Testimonies about Veteran Suicide Prevention
March 17, 2023

Senate Committee Hears Powerful Testimonies about Veteran Suicide Prevention

While many people may assume war-related trauma is responsible for most military veteran suicides, the stigma associated with seeking mental health care and civilian life crises often precipitate these tragedies.  [Read More]

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