News Releases

Sep

23

2023

September 23, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) provided the following statement after the Shapiro Administration took unilateral action this week to mandate automatic voter registration for Pennsylvanians each time they renew or receive a new driver’s license:   [Read More]

Sep

21

2023

September 21, 2023

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]

Sep

21

2023

September 21, 2023

HARRISBURG – The state Senate Education Committee on Tuesday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would require schools in Pennsylvania to post online the curriculum and textbooks used in classrooms to teach students. “Openness and transparency are something we should promote in all facets of our government entities and that includes […]   [Read More]

Sep

15

2023

September 15, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will host a Sept. 11 Flight 93 remembrance service on Monday, Sept. 18, at noon at Soldier’s Grove behind the state Capitol, Harrisburg.   [Read More]

Sep

13

2023

September 13, 2023

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]

Sep

08

2023

September 08, 2023

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]

Aug

17

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August 17, 2023

Pennsylvanians do not have to choose between food security and agricultural industry jobs on one hand, or energy development on the other.   [Read More]

Aug

11

2023

August 11, 2023

State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), farmland preservation activists, local farmers and Mount Joy public officials on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. at Newhart’s Iron Horse Bed and Breakfast will discuss legislation the lawmaker introduced to protect farmland against solar panel overdevelopment in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Aug

04

2023

August 04, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today said Gov. Josh Shapiro’s recent decisions to end a 30-year partnership with crisis pregnancy centers and eliminate funding in the state budget for scholarships for low-income students in failing schools will endanger women and babies while denying educational opportunities to Pennsylvania students and their parents.   [Read More]

Aug

01

2023

August 01, 2023

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]

Jul

31

2023

July 31, 2023

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]

Jul

28

2023

July 28, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today introduced legislation to establish Pennsylvania’s first statewide registry of persons found to be substantiated perpetrators of abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation of senior citizens.   [Read More]

Jul

11

2023

July 11, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today introduced legislation to prohibit large-scale solar project developments on prime Pennsylvania farmland.   [Read More]

Jun

30

2023

June 30, 2023

The Senate Wednesday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that could save lives by expanding fentanyl testing in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Jun

28

2023

June 28, 2023

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]

Jun

27

2023

June 27, 2023

Drug dealers who sell drugs that lead to the poisoning death of a victim should face harsher penalties. That’s the sentiment behind a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that was approved Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.   [Read More]

Jun

21

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June 21, 2023

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that could save lives by expanding fentanyl testing in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Jun

20

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June 20, 2023

With the former New York City policeman captured in an iconic Sept. 11 photograph standing in the balcony, the state Senate on Monday approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would require Pennsylvania schools to observe a moment of silence commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attack on America.   [Read More]

Jun

19

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June 19, 2023

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]

Jun

09

2023

June 09, 2023

Two Pennsylvania women shared tear-filled stories and experts discussed the negative effects of the COVID-19 vaccine during a panel discussion held Friday at the state Capitol by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33).   [Read More]

Jun

08

2023

June 08, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will host a panel discussion Friday, June 9, from 9-11 a.m. in Capitol East Wing Room 8EA, where participants will discuss medical freedom in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic.   [Read More]

Jun

05

2023

June 05, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will host State Working Animal Appreciation Day on Tuesday, June 6, with animal demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. and a noon news conference at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Soldiers Grove at the Capitol. Watch Live   [Read More]

May

24

2023

May 24, 2023

With the busy Memorial Day travel weekend approaching, Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and tow truck drivers on Monday held an event at the state Capitol to raise awareness about a new state law to protect roadside assistance workers.   [Read More]

May

19

2023

May 19, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will hold a news event on Monday, May 22, to highlight a new law in Pennsylvania and raise awareness about Pennsylvania’s existing “move over” law prior to the highly traveled Memorial Day weekend.   [Read More]

May

08

2023

May 08, 2023

The state Senate today approved two bills introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would help Pennsylvania military veterans.   [Read More]

May

03

2023

May 03, 2023

The state Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would help Pennsylvania military veterans begin or expand a business.   [Read More]

May

02

2023

May 02, 2023

Joined by a group of beagles and their owners, Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today announced at a Capitol news conference he has introduced legislation to end taxpayer-funded painful experimentation on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

May

01

2023

May 01, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), the Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States will hold the first-ever “Beagle March on the Capitol” Tuesday to highlight the cruelty of animal testing in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Apr

26

2023

April 26, 2023

The state Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would help protect Pennsylvania senior citizens from financial exploitation.   [Read More]

Apr

24

2023

April 24, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will be joined by law enforcement and family members of drug overdose victims on Tuesday at a news conference to celebrate the implementation of an improved overdose mapping and data tracking system in Pennsylvania and its role in combatting the opioid and fentanyl crisis and saving lives.   [Read More]

Apr

17

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April 17, 2023

Senator Mastriano announced the introduction of legislation to prohibit the jurisdiction of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization within the Commonwealth.   [Read More]

Mar

23

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March 23, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today announced more than $6.4 million in state grant funding has been awarded to projects in communities across the 33rd Senate District.   [Read More]

Mar

22

2023

March 22, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) announced today that he introduced legislation to empower more parents to have an active role in oversight of what their children are taught.   [Read More]

Mar

21

2023

March 21, 2023

  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]

Mar

17

2023

March 17, 2023

Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw is scheduled to appear before the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), at a hearing on Monday, March 20, at 10 a.m. in Room 8EB of the state Capitol.   [Read More]

Mar

17

2023

March 17, 2023

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]

Mar

15

2023

March 15, 2023

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), will hold a hearing Thursday, March 16, at 10 a.m., to hear from experts about issues related to military veteran suicide in Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Mar

10

2023

March 10, 2023

The Senate this week unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would exempt 100% of disabled veterans’ benefit payment from income calculations for any commonwealth program or benefit.   [Read More]

Mar

10

2023

March 10, 2023

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), Wednesday approved a resolution and two bills, including one to provide financial help to Pennsylvania businesses and residents impacted by the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train wreck in East Palestine, Ohio.   [Read More]

Mar

09

2023

March 09, 2023

The Senate Aging and Youth Committee on Monday in Harrisburg unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) to help combat financial crimes that target senior citizens.   [Read More]

Mar

07

2023

March 07, 2023

One week after Chairman Doug Mastriano (R-33) and the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee subpoenaed Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw to compel the executive to appear before the body and provide testimony, the committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, March 8, at 9 a.m., in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building to hear from Shaw and vote on several bills.   [Read More]

Mar

07

2023

March 07, 2023

 Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today released the following statement after Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered his first budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg:   [Read More]

Mar

01

2023

March 01, 2023

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee this morning in Harrisburg approved with bipartisan support a measure introduced by Chairman Doug Mastriano (R-33) to subpoena Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw to appear before the committee in a hearing on Wednesday, March 8. The final vote was 9-1 in favor of issuing the subpoena.   [Read More]

Mar

01

2023

March 01, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will convene a meeting for members of the committee to vote to subpoena Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw and force him to testify at a future hearing about the company’s response to the Feb. 3 train wreck in East Palestine, Ohio, its decision to ignite dangerous chemicals from several of the railcars on Feb. 5, and the ways these actions negatively affected the health and safety of nearby Pennsylvania residents.   [Read More]

Feb

28

2023

February 28, 2023

State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) hosted a Senate committee hearing last week in Monaca, Beaver County, to hear from residents impacted by the Norfolk Southern train wreck. Less than a week after learning at the hearing that local families need a health clinic to serve Pennsylvania residents, Mastriano asked the administration to commit to deploying a clinic to the area, replete with toxicologists and other specialists to provide free and immediate help to the residents.  In response, the administration announced Monday that the PA Department of Health finally has plans to open a clinic today.   [Read More]

Feb

23

2023

February 23, 2023

Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairman Doug Mastriano (R-33) today hosted a hearing at Beaver County Community College, where local residents shared their stories in the wake of the Norfolk Southern train wreck in East Palestine, Ohio.   [Read More]

Feb

21

2023

February 21, 2023

Over Presidents Day weekend, Sen. Doug Mastriano (PA-33) visited the areas affected by the East Palestine Train derailment and subsequent chemical fire.   [Read More]

Feb

17

2023

February 17, 2023

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will host a hearing Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., at the Community College of Beaver County, located at 1 Campus Drive in Monaca, to gather testimony about the Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals near the Pennsylvania border.   [Read More]