News Releases

Sep

20

2018

September 20, 2018

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved $1.6 million in state funding for 11 water, sewer, and trails projects in the 44th Senatorial District.   [Read More]

Sep

14

2018

September 14, 2018

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) will join Attorney General Josh Shapiro and survivors of clergy sexual abuse at a news conference and roundtable discussion to discuss pending legislation to implement key recommendations by a grand jury to reform Pennsylvania’s current laws.   [Read More]

Sep

11

2018

September 11, 2018

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) is encouraging local school districts to apply to receive funding through a new grant program dedicated to improving school safety and security.   [Read More]

Sep

10

2018

September 10, 2018

Senators John Rafferty (R-44) and Tom McGarrigle (R-26) will host the Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-29), for a roundtable discussion on school safety efforts. Listen   [Read More]

Jun

18

2018

June 18, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation today that would help landowners better understand their rights when facing eminent domain claims, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator John Rafferty (R-44).   [Read More]

Jun

12

2018

June 12, 2018

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today approved SR 373 sponsored by Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) and Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) that would establish a bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission that would be charged with recommending improvements and developing legislation to enhance the safety, oversight and interagency coordination in the transport of oil, natural gas and other hazardous liquids through pipelines in the Commonwealth.   [Read More]

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]