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Archived News Releases

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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The Rafferty Report – January 2017

January 23, 2017

Senator John Rafferty sits down with Jennifer Storm, Victim Advocate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As Victim Advocate, Jennifer is responsible for representing the rights and interests of crime victims before the Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of Corrections and to provide notification to crime victims of the potential for inmate release.
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SB 170, SB 171, SB 172 and Winter Preparedness

January 20, 2017

Senate Transportation Committee - January 24, 2017
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Rafferty Urges Pennsylvanians to Recognize January 9 As National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9, 2017

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) is urging Pennsylvanians to show their support local law enforcement officers on January 9th by celebrating National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D).[...Read more]

Senator Rafferty Urges Residents to Take Part in January 10, 2017 Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin, Opioid Crisis

January 6, 2017

Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic will be the focus of a third special Telephone Town Hall meeting, to be held at 6:30PM on Tuesday, January 10th from the State Capitol in Harrisburg, according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44)[...Read more]

Grants Awarded to Improve Road Safety at Ursinus College, Collegeville Borough

December 16, 2016

Ursinus College in Montgomery County will benefit from a total of $313,551 in state grants to make pedestrian access and road safety improvements and build new roads to its facilities, according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Representative Mike Vereb, who worked to secure funding for the projects.[...Read more]

Rafferty and Costa Bill to Help PA Turnpike Collect Unpaid Tolls Signed into Law

November 4, 2016

Legislation that includes a provision sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) and Senator Jay Costa, Jr. (D-43) to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission collect more than $5 million in unpaid tolls was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf.[...Read more]

Rafferty Bill Modernizing Transit Revitalization Investment Districts Signed into Law

November 4, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) to modernize and reform private investments at mass transit hubs was enacted by Gov. Tom Wolf today.[...Read more]

Rafferty Urges SEPTA, Transit Workers to Reach Agreement, Avoid Strike

October 31, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John C. Rafferty, Jr., urged the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 – which represents over 4,700 SEPTA City Transit Division operators, mechanics, trade specialists and maintenance custodians – to expeditiously reach an agreement on a new contract before tonight’s midnight deadline.[...Read more]

Rafferty Blasts Wolf’s Decision to Veto DRPA Reform Measure

October 28, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf’s decision today to veto legislation intended to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is “disappointing coming from someone who campaigned on the platform of reform and a fresh start,” according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44).[...Read more]

General Assembly Approves Rafferty Bill to Strengthen Penalties for Burglaries

October 27, 2016

The State Senate this week approved legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would strengthen penalties for burglaries that involve home invasions to better reflect the seriousness of these violent crimes. v[...Read more]

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.
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Senators Call For Additional Study of Measures to Combat Animal Cruelty

October 14, 2016

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m on Tuesday, October 18 in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.[...Read more]

SB 1357, SB 1366, SB 1354, SB 1369, HB, 813, HB 1779, HB 1838, HB 1923

September 23, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - September 27, 2016[...Read more]

Sen. Rafferty to Hold Free “Here to Help Job Fair” Sept. 13 in Pottstown

September 8, 2016

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) will hold his fourth annual “Here to Help Job Fair” for area residents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.[...Read more]

Statement by Senator John Rafferty on Senate Confirmation of Bruce Beemer as Attorney General

August 30, 2016

State Senator John Rafferty (R-44) offered the following statement following the Senate’s unanimous vote today to confirm Bruce Beemer as the next attorney general.[...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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Rafferty, Wiley Say State’s New Ignition Interlock Law Will Prevent Drunk Driving Attempts, Save Lives

July 28, 2016

At a news conference in Erie today, Senator John Rafferty (R-44), Senator Sean D. Wiley (D-49), local officials, and other advocacy groups showed their support for Pennsylvania’s new ignition interlock law, saying it will save lives and prevent repeat drunk driving attempts.[...Read more]

Media Alert - News Conference Scheduled for Thursday July 28 in Erie to Outline Implementation of PA’s New DUI Ignition Interlock Law

July 26, 2016

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator Sean Wiley (D-49) will hold a news conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 28th on the steps of the Erie County Court House (6th Street side) to discuss the state’s new ignition interlock law.[...Read more]

Rafferty Bill Becomes Law to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program

July 21, 2016

Act 101 was signed into law yesterday to provide necessary enhancements to Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program that was established through Act 89 of 2013, the Commonwealth’s historic transportation funding investment plan.[...Read more]

News Conference Scheduled for Thursday July 7 in the Wilkes-Barre Area To Outline Implementation of PA’s New DUI Ignition Interlock Law

July 5, 2016

Senator John Rafferty (R-44), local officials, families of DUI victims, and other advocacy groups will hold a news conference at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 7 at Kaschak’s Foreign & American Auto, 115 Oxford Street, Hanover Township, Luzerne County.[...Read more]

HB 853, HB 1347, HB 1739, HB 1955, HB 2071

June 29, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - June 30, 2016[...Read more]

SB 1181, SB 1233, HB 1202, HB 1673, HB 1711, HB 1902

June 10, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - June 14, 2016[...Read more]

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.
Listen - News Conference
Listen - Senator Rafferty
Listen - Senator Bartolotta
 
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News Conference Scheduled June 9 in Bridgeport to Outline Implementation of PA’s New DUI Ignition Interlock Law

June 7, 2016

Senator John Rafferty (R-44), local officials, families of DUI victims, and other advocacy groups will hold a news conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 9 at the MADD PA Headquarters at 408 East 4th Street, Bridgeport PA.[...Read more]

SB 1267, HB 582, HB 871, SB 1219, SB 1220, HB 1713

June 3, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - Senate Transportation Committee[...Read more]

News Conference to Outline Implementation of New DUI Ignition Interlock Law

June 3, 2016

Legislators, families of DUI victims, MADD and other advocacy groups will hold a news conference at noon on Wednesday, June 8 on the steps of the State Capitol in Harrisburg.[...Read more]

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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Senate Unanimously Approves Rafferty Bill  to Increase Penalties for Home Invasions

May 10, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would strengthen penalties for burglaries involving home invasions has been unanimously approved by the State Senate.[...Read more]

Panel Approves Rafferty Bill to Increase Penalties for Home Invasions

April 13, 2016

The Senate Judiciary Committee this week approved legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would strengthen penalties for burglaries that involve home invasions to better reflect the seriousness of these violent crimes.[...Read more]

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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Media Alert - Senators Rafferty, Smucker To Hold 11 a.m. News Conference on DUI Legislation

March 22, 2016

Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) and Senator John Rafferty (R-44) will join families of DUI victims at an 11 a.m. news conference today (Tuesday March 22) in State Capitol’s East Wing Media Center.[...Read more]

SB 1032, HB 970, HB 1200, SB 1153, HB 1407, and HB 1709

March 18, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - March 22, 2016[...Read more]

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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Media Advisory - MADD Calls on Pennsylvania General Assembly to Require Interlocks for All Convicted Drunk Drivers

March 11, 2016

Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will announce the findings of its first-ever Ignition Interlock Report and to join Senator John Rafferty and Representative Keith Greiner to urge the Legislature to pass SB 290 and HB 278 to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers on Monday, March 15, 2016.[...Read more]

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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SB 52, SB 973, SB 1152, SB 1155, HB 1087, SB 1040, SR 261

March 11, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - March 16, 2016[...Read more]

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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Trout Stocking Guide

February 5, 2016

2016 Trout Stocking Guide[...Read more]

Senate Panel Holds Follow-Up Hearing on PennDOT Testimony on “Over-Promised Projects”

February 5, 2016

The Senate Transportation Committee scheduled a follow-up hearing on “The Delay and Delivery of Transportation Projects” on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 11:00am in Room 8 E-B.[...Read more]

Delay and Delivery of Transportation Projects: Follow-up hearing

February 5, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee - February 8, 2016
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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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Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility Honors Senator Rafferty With Leadership Award

December 10, 2015

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) today awarded Senator John Rafferty (R-44) its 2015 Leadership Award in recognition of his efforts to expand the use of ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders.[...Read more]

SB 1064, HB 950, HB 1579, Nomination of Barry T Drew

December 7, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee - December 7, 2015
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Senator Rafferty Introduces Senate Resolution Calling for Increased Screenings for Refugees

November 17, 2015

In response to Governor Wolf’s recent announcement that Pennsylvania would continue to accept and host Syrian refugees, Senator John Rafferty (R-44) has introduced a Senate Resolution directing the Governor to suspend their placement until the federal government establishes increased security procedures.[...Read more]

Senate Bill 891 and House Bills 813, 1195, 1201, 1170 and 1341

November 16, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee - November 17, 2015[...Read more]

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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SB 62, SB 146, HB 838, HB 1278, HB 1335, HB 1411

October 16, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee – Tuesday, October 20, 2015[...Read more]

The Rafferty Report - October 2015

October 6, 2015

Senator Rafferty takes us to Welkinweir, 197 acre nonprofit arboretum, garden, mansion, and conservation area located in East Nantmeal Township, near Pottstown Pennsylvania. Welkinweir was the home of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh, founding members of the conservation-minded Green Valleys Association, who bought the site in the 1930s and spent decades improving it.
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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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PennDOT Accepting Unsolicited Public-Private Partnership Proposals Until Oct 31

October 2, 2015

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) today announced that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through October 31.[...Read more]

PennDOT Announces Acceptance of Applications for Next Round of Multimodal Grant Funding

October 1, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that it will begin accepting applications on October 3, 2015, for funding transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund.[...Read more]

Meeting to Consider Bills

September 25, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee - September 29, 2015[...Read more]

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]

Rafferty Supports “Stop Gap” Budget to Help Schools, Human Services Agencies

September 18, 2015

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) today voted for a three-bill “stop gap” budget package aimed at providing critical financial relief to school districts and social service agencies impacted by the prolonged budget impasse. The bill was approved and to the House of Representatives for consideration.[...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]

Rafferty to Hold Free “Here to Help Job Fair” Sept. 15 in Pottstown

September 11, 2015

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) will hold his third annual “Here to Help Job Fair” for area residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15.[...Read more]

New Website Offers Updates on Act 89 Projects, Act 88 Projects and Overall Planned Transportation Projects

August 26, 2015

Pennsylvania’s motorists can now access real-time information on transportation projects that have been completed or scheduled through 2026 at a new website developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), according to Senate Transportation Committee Chair John Rafferty (R-44).[...Read more]

Resignation of DRPA Official Calls for Need to Enact Reform Bills Requiring Senate Confirmation of Appointees

August 18, 2015

The recent resignation of a Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Commissioner appointed by Governor Tom Wolf points to the need for Senate confirmation of the Governor’s appointees to DRPA and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) based on legislation introduced by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator Mario Scavello (R-40), respectively.[...Read more]