Legislative Survey

I want to hear from you!

Please take a moment to share your views on some key issues that may come before the Pennsylvania State Senate during the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session. Your feedback will help me to better represent your interests at our State Capitol.

Legislative Survey -1119

  • Background: As a member of the recently-established Higher Education Funding Commission, my colleagues and I will be looking at the way that Pennsylvania drives out funding to institutions of higher education to see if there is a more effective and efficient approach to prioritizing how these funds are used. To be clear, Pennsylvania’s state institutions – such as Millersville University in Lancaster County – as well as certain community colleges and tech schools like Thaddeus Stevens already receive state funding; the Commission was formed to study how those funds are used to see if there’s a more efficient way to divvy up the funds to each institution. One potential solution that the Commission will study is Performance-Based Funding, in which institutions are held accountable for student outcomes by tying those funds to metrics such as graduation and retention rates, post-graduation job placement, and entry level salaries of graduates.
  • Background: Following the release of the Grand Jury Report which revealed the scope and magnitude of the sexual abuse committed against countless Pennsylvania children by Catholic priests, lawmakers and advocates have been working tirelessly to propose a workable solution for these victims. While no law can fully bind the wounds of childhood sexual abuse, legislation that seeks to remove known, existing legal barriers to victims so that they can seek justice in both our criminal and civil courts has been proposed, along with a retroactive window in which they can do so. For some victims, the retroactive window to seek civil justice is an important and necessary component to any legislative remedy.
  • Background: A few weeks ago, the General Assembly passed an historic election code reform bill, which, among other things, eliminated straight party voting at the polls in an effort to encourage voters to consider individual candidates based on merit and not solely on their political affiliation. While voters can still choose to vote for every candidate of a single political party, they can no longer press one button that will automatically populate their ballot with the candidates from that single party – instead, they must individually choose each candidate.
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