News Releases

Apr

18

2018

April 18, 2018

The State Senate today overwhelmingly approved legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) that would help to save lives by providing tougher sanctions for dangerous repeat DUI offenders.   Listen   [Read More]

Mar

20

2018

March 20, 2018

At a joint hearing today on pipeline safety in Pennsylvania by the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) raised major concerns regarding the mismanagement and misconduct by Sunoco Pipeline’s executives, stressing that stronger laws and more state oversight are needed for the safety and well-being of people and their private property.   [Read More]

Feb

26

2018

February 26, 2018

Recognizing that the expeditious and widespread dissemination of information can be essential when critical events impact public safety, Senators John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) introduced legislation that would establish a “Blue Alert” system for the protection of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement personnel and the people they serve. Listen   [Read More]

Feb

01

2018

February 01, 2018

A resolution sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21) was adopted by the Senate and calls for a study of a potential consolidation of the interstate operations of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (Turnpike).   [Read More]

Jan

10

2018

January 10, 2018

Nationally recognized veterans organizations are now exempt from the Realty Transfer Tax, under a provision sponsored by Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) and Sen. Mario Scavello (R-40).   [Read More]

Jan

03

2018

January 03, 2018

State Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s decision today to temporarily suspend construction permits associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline is a victory for public safety and environmental protection.     [Read More]

Dec

13

2017

December 13, 2017

Today, the Senate Transportation Committee, chaired by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44), unanimously passed Senate Bill 961 (Rafferty), as amended, to address egregious Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenses.     [Read More]

Nov

20

2017

November 20, 2017

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) joined representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the General Assembly, the City of Harrisburg, Nationwide Insurance, Enterprise, and Uber at MADD’s media event today at the State Capitol to kick off a safe driving 2017 holiday season.     [Read More]

Nov

14

2017

November 14, 2017

Senator Rafferty joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and various government officials at a news conference announcing the expedited delivery of a new and improved U.S. 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River.   [Read More]

Nov

01

2017

November 01, 2017

No issue generates more calls and letters to my office than the school property tax.   [Read More]

Oct

17

2017

October 17, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved legislation today to improve accessibility and strengthen enforcement measures of parking spaces for persons with disabilities, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) and Scott Martin (R-13). Senator Rafferty Audio Senator Martin Audio       [Read More]

Sep

25

2017

September 25, 2017

State Senator John Rafferty announced Thursday that his office will be participating in a Senate contest aimed at teen drug and alcohol prevention and awareness.   [Read More]