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2017-2018 Budget Address

February 7, 2017

Senator Rafferty offers his reaction to Governor Wolf’s budget address.
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Senate Passes DRPA Reform Bill with Bipartisan Support

February 6, 2017

The Senate of Pennsylvania today passed an important government reform bill with bipartisan support (38-11) sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).
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Meeting to consider bills and hearing on project delivery

February 2, 2017

Senate Transportation Committee - February 8, 2017
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Committee Approves Rafferty DRPA Bill Despite Governor’s Efforts to Halt Reforms

January 24, 2017

The Senate Transportation Committee today approved an important government reform bill sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).
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Senators Outline Efforts To Build on Measures to Address, Prevent Animal Cruelty

October 18, 2016

At a news conference today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) held a news conference to outline plans to continue legislative efforts to combat animal cruelty in Pennsylvania.
Senator Rafferty's Remarks
Senator Alloway's Remarks
Senator Scavello's Remarks[...Read more]

The Rafferty Report

August 11, 2016

Senator Rafferty tours “grain to bottle handcrafted spirits” of Brandywine Branch Distillery in North Chester County.
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Legislators, Advocacy Groups Hail New Ignition Interlock Law as Important Tool in Saving Lives, Fighting Drunk Driving

June 8, 2016

At a capitol news conference today, legislators, families of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) victims, and advocacy groups showed their support for Pennsylvania’s new ignition interlock law, saying it will save lives and prevent repeat drunk driving attempts.
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News Conference
 
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Senate Votes to Send Rafferty Ignition Interlock Legislation to Governor

May 18, 2016

The State Senate today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would require most first-time offenders of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to install ignition interlocks on their vehicle for at least one year.
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Police Officer Memorial Day

April 13, 2016

Senator Rafferty offers a resolution recognizing May 15-21, 2016 as National Police Week and May 2, 2016 as Police Officer Memorial Day in Pennsylvania.
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Smucker Joins Victims of DUI in Call for Harsher Sanctions

March 22, 2016

Joined by the family of a Lancaster-area teen killed by a drunk driver with a suspended license in 2014 and a long line of other grieving families, Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13) called for harsher sanctions on repeat drunk drivers who kill.
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MADD Calls on Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Pass Lifesaving Interlock Law

March 15, 2016

Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and families of DUI victims in Pennsylvania joined Senator John Rafferty, Representative Keith Greiner and other members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to urge support for ignition interlocks for drunk drivers after their first conviction.
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SB 52, SB 973, SB 1152, SB 1155, HB 1087, SB 1040, SR 261

March 11, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - March 16, 2016
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SB 52, SB 973, SB 1152, SB 1155, HB 1087, SB 1040, SR 261

March 11, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - March 16, 2016
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SB 52, SB 973, SB 1152, SB 1155, HB 1087, SB 1040, SR 261

March 11, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - March 16, 2016
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Reliable Alternatives to Funding the Pennsylvania State Police

February 11, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - February 16, 2016
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Emergency Response to Snow Storm Jonas

February 11, 2016

Joint Hearing Senate Transportation Committee and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee - February 16, 2016
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Senator Rafferty Responds to Governor Wolf’s Proposed Budget

February 9, 2016

Senator Rafferty responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget, which calls for massive increases in taxes and spending.
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The Delay and Delivery of Transportation Projects

January 21, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - February 2, 2016
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Clearing Snow and Ice from Vehicles

January 21, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - January 27, 2016
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Budget Impasse Update

October 28, 2015

Senator Rafferty talks about an effort by Senate Republicans to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.

 
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Resource Challenges and Innovative Changes of the Local Transportation System

October 2, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee - October 7, 2015
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Rafferty Bill Would Protect Police Identities

September 21, 2015

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At a capitol news conference today, Senator John Rafferty (R-44) joined legislators in the Senate and House to introduce a bill that would prohibit police departments from releasing to the public the names of officers who discharge a firearm or use force as part of their official duties while an investigation is pending.[...Read more]

Rafferty Introduces Bill to Increase Penalties for Home Invasions

September 21, 2015

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Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator John Sabatina (D-5) today held a press conference regarding legislation they intend to introduce that would strengthen penalties for burglaries that involve home invasions to better reflect the seriousness of these violent crimes.[...Read more]

State Senate Approves Rafferty Bill to Extend Use of Ignition Interlock Devices for Certain DUI Offenders

September 17, 2015


The State Senate today unanimously approved legislation intended to save lives and make roads safer by expanding the use of ignition interlock devices for offenders of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44), who sponsored the measure.[...Read more]

Enhancing the Safety of Highway Workers, Drivers and Pedestrians

July 9, 2015

Joint Committee Hearing – Senate and House Transportation Committees - July 14, 2015
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Safe Transportation of Crude Oil (and Other Energy Products) by Rail in Pennsylvania

June 8, 2015

Senate Transportation and Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committees - June 9, 2015
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PennDot's Budget and Program Priorities and Senate Bill 438

May 8, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee - May 12, 2015
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Legislators Rally in Support of Resolutions Marking 2015 as “Year of the Law Enforcement Official” in Pennsylvania

April 21, 2015

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) joined legislators and law enforcement officials at a State Capitol rally to recognize 2015 as the “Year of the Law Enforcement Official” in Pennsylvania and focus public attention on the increasing dangers that law enforcement officials face daily.[...Read more]

Nominations and Senate Bills 284 and 398 and House Bill 150

April 17, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee - April 21, 2015
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Senate Unanimously Approves Rafferty DRPA Reform Bills

April 14, 2015

The State Senate today unanimously approved two reform measures sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that are part of a bi-state legislative package intended to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority.

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March 4, 2015

Senator Rafferty's remarks during a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda highlighting crime victims affected by Governor Wolf's Death Penalty Moratorium.
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Budget Reaction

March 3, 2015

Senator Rafferty reacts to the Governor’s budget address.
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Battle of Iwo Jima

February 23, 2015

During session, Senator Rafferty remarks on the 70th anniversary of the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
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MADD Supports Rafferty Ignition Interlock Legislation

February 10, 2015

Mothers Against Drunk Driving National President Colleen Sheehey-Church and families of DUI victims in Pennsylvania met with lawmakers Feb. 10 in Harrisburg to support ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers.
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Rafferty Bill to Extend Ignition Interlock Devices Approved by Senate Transportation Committee

January 21, 2015

The Senate Transportation Committee today approved legislation intended to reduce drunk driving offenses by making ignition interlock requirements mandatory for certain first time offenders with high blood alcohol levels, while at the same time reducing suspension requirements in certain lesser cases.
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Senate Approves Rafferty Legislation to Correct State DUI Laws

October 16, 2014

Legislation that would close a loophole in current state law that has allowed repeat DUI offenders to avoid tougher penalties had been passed by the Senate and now goes to the governor for his approval.
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Bill Passed to Extend Ignition Interlock Devices For Certain First-Time Drunk Driving Offenders

October 8, 2014

The State Senate today approved legislation that is aimed at reducing drunk driving offenses by expanding ignition interlock requirements for certain first time offenders.

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Benefits of Act 89 in Scranton

September 25, 2014

Senate Transportation Committee - September 25, 2014

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Enhancing the Law to Reduce DUI Fatalities

August 12, 2014

Joint Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Transportation Committee - September 8, 2014
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Delaware River Port Authority

June 19, 2014


Senate Transportation Committee - June 24, 2014[...Read more]

Use of Radar by Local Police

June 13, 2014


Senate Transportation Committee - June 17, 2014[...Read more]

Emergency Response to Vehicle Accidents: Turnpike, State Police and PennDOT

June 6, 2014


Senate Transportation Committee - June 10, 2014
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Rafferty, Pennacchio, Vereb Announce Major DRPA Reform Legislation

April 24, 2014


Pennsylvania Senator John Rafferty, New Jersey Senator Joe Pennacchio and Pennsylvania Representative Mike Vereb held a press conference on Thursday to announce bi-state legislation to significantly reform the Delaware River Port Authority.[...Read more]

Emergency Response to Vehicle Accidents

March 7, 2014

Senate Transportation Committee - March 11, 2014[...Read more]

Senate Approves Rafferty Legislation to Toughen Arson Penalties

October 15, 2013

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) to significantly strengthen Pennsylvania’s arson laws and create the new crime of “aggravated arson” was approved today by the state Senate.[...Read more]

Transportation Funding

August 12, 2013

Senate Transportation Committee Hearing - August 21, 2013[...Read more]

Transportation Funding Needs in Western Pennsylvania

May 30, 2013

Senate Transportation Committee - May 30, 2013[...Read more]

Overview of Governor's Transportation Funding Proposal

February 12, 2013

Transportation Committee Public Hearing - February 13, 2013[...Read more]

Overview of Governor's Transportation Funding Proposal

February 12, 2013

Senate Transportation Committee Public Hearing - February 12, 2013[...Read more]