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October 19, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Enhance Care at State Veterans Homes

  HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, that would enhance care by increasing oversight at Pennsylvania’s six state veterans homes. “Our state veterans homes provide an incredible service by delivering care to veterans and […]  [Read More]

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October 18, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Resolution Backing Israel, Condemning Hamas

The state Senate today unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that condemns the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas and pledges support for Israel and its people.  [Read More]

Senator Mastriano Stands in Support of Israel and Condemns Today’s Hamas Terror Attacks on Israeli Civilians and the State of Israel
October 7, 2023

Senator Mastriano Stands in Support of Israel and Condemns Today’s Hamas Terror Attacks on Israeli Civilians and the State of Israel

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) provided the following statement after today’s horrific and ongoing attack on Israel and its civilians:  [Read More]

Mastriano to Host Operation Enduring Freedom Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday
October 3, 2023

Mastriano to Host Operation Enduring Freedom Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday

Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will host a ceremony to remember and recognize the heroic sacrifices made by U.S. military men and women during Operation Enduring Freedom at an event on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at Soldier’s Grove behind the state Capitol, Harrisburg.  [Read More]

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Double Prison Time for Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths
October 2, 2023

Senate Approves Mastriano Bill to Double Prison Time for Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths

The state Senate today approved through a bipartisan vote a bill introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would enact harsher criminal penalties on drug dealers who sell drugs that lead to a death.  [Read More]

Mastriano Provides Statement on Shapiro’s Unilateral Voter Registration Mandate
September 23, 2023

Mastriano Provides Statement on Shapiro’s Unilateral Voter Registration Mandate

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]

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 Approves Mastriano Bill to Improve Curriculum Transparency in Schools
September 21, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Improve Curriculum Transparency in Schools

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]

Mastriano to Host Sept. 11 Flight 93 Remembrance Service Monday
September 15, 2023

Mastriano to Host Sept. 11 Flight 93 Remembrance Service Monday

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]

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]

Pennsylvania Can Expand Solar Energy and Protect Precious Farmland
August 17, 2023

Pennsylvania Can Expand Solar Energy and Protect Precious Farmland

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

Mastriano, Farmers and Mount Joy Officials  to Highlight Legislation Tuesday to Protect Farmland
Published: August 11, 2023   |  Hearing: Tuesday, August 15

Mastriano, Farmers and Mount Joy Officials to Highlight Legislation Tuesday to Protect Farmland

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]

Mastriano Says Shapiro’s Unilateral Budget Actions Endanger Women, Babies  and Remove Opportunities for Parents and Students
August 4, 2023

Mastriano Says Shapiro’s Unilateral Budget Actions Endanger Women, Babies and Remove Opportunities for Parents and Students

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]

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]

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Safeguard Seniors  from Caregiver Abuse and Neglect
July 28, 2023

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Safeguard Seniors from Caregiver Abuse and Neglect

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]

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Protect Prime Farmland  from Solar Panel Overdevelopment
July 11, 2023

Mastriano Introduces Legislation to Protect Prime Farmland from Solar Panel Overdevelopment

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

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June 30, 2023

Senate Unanimously Approves Mastriano Legislation to Expand Fentanyl Testing

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

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Enact Harsher Penalties  on Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths
June 27, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Mastriano Bill to Enact Harsher Penalties on Drug Dealers Responsible for Overdose Deaths

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]

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Fentanyl Testing
June 21, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Mastriano Bill to Expand Fentanyl Testing

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]

Sept. 11 Hero Watches as Senate Approves Mastriano Bill  Requiring Remembrance of 9/11 in Schools
June 20, 2023

Sept. 11 Hero Watches as Senate Approves Mastriano Bill Requiring Remembrance of 9/11 in Schools

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]

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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