- 17th District
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February 10, 2016: Time for parents and students to begin the process of applying for college loans and grants. Senator Leach says Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency can help.
January 20, 2016: Senate and House bills that would downsize the Pennsylvania State Legislature today cleared the Senate State Government Committee and now go to the full Senate for consideration. In remarks at the committee meeting, Senator Leach explains why he opposes the legislation which would reduce the size of the Senate by five members and the House by as many as 52 representatives.
January 8, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvanians who need health insurance have a new affordable option: the Health Choices program.
December 3, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach suggests making a donation to your local food bank as a way to make the holidays happy for everyone.
November 16, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps to make sure every home stays warm during the winter. Senator Leach has more information about how to enroll in the program.
October 20, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Only 86 percent of Pennsylvania’s kindergarteners have all the vaccinations they need to protect them from potentially deadly diseases. Senator Leach says parents can get the information they need from a website run by the PA Department of Health.
September 22, 2015: Supporters of legalizing medical cannabis in Pennsylvania rallied at the State Capitol today asking House lawmakers why are they still waiting for the Senate-passed bill to be approved. Here’s more with Senator Leach who spoke at the rally and urged House Republican leadership to bring up the measure for a vote.
September 8, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: If you’re looking for a job, Senator Leach says the first place to check out is your local Career Link office.
August 3, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: If you’re traveling on vacation, on business, or for any reason, Senator Leach says to check out PA 511 by phone or online before you leave. You’ll get the latest information on highway conditions, mass transit and airport delays.
July 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly is a very real and significant problem in Pennsylvania. Senator Leach says there’s a way to report elder abuse when you witness it.
July 1, 2015: Gov. Tom Wolf last night vetoed a $30.1 billion state budget plan. Senator Leach voted against the House and Senate Republican budget and he explains why.
June 25, 2015: Commonwealth Court has struck down a state law that allowed any legal gun owner in Pennsylvania to sue municipalities over gun regulations. Senator Leach, who brought suit over the way the law was passed, is glad the court agreed with him that the law is unconstitutional.
June 9, 2015: Senator Leach, along with Senate Republican Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County, held a State Capitol news conference today to announce they’re introducing legislation designed to help law enforcement identify the child victims of human trafficking and avoid prosecuting children who have been forced to perform illegal activities. Here’s more with Senator Leach on his “Safe Harbor for Minors” legislation.
June 8, 2015: Senator Leach held another Telephone Town Hall, during which he answered your questions and listened to your concerns. Click here to listen to it in its entirety:
June 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Whether it’s a short trip or a summer vacation, Senator Leach says the PA Turnpike makes it easy to plan your trip.
May 12, 2015: By a vote of 40-7, a bipartisan majority of the Senate has approved Senator Leach’s medical cannabis bill, which will provide thousands of Pennsylvanians with the medicine they desperately need. Here are the Senator’s remarks on the floor at the time of the vote.
May 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Warmer weather can get homeowners thinking about home improvements. Senator Leach advises them to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s list of registered contractors before the work has started.
April 22, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution designating Friday, April 24, 2015, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.” Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of the resolution.
April 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: April is Donate Life Month. Senator Leach says organ donor enrollment is simple at driver’s license centers or when licenses are obtained or renewed. Larger volumes of potential donors would reduce the numbers on transplant waiting lists and improve the wellbeing of transplant recipients.
March 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvanians who served in the military can have that fact recognized on their driver’s license.
February 25, 2015: At today’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on legislation that would allow the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, Senator Leach said there’s an inherent tension between wanting to get the perfect bill and wanting to take the time to get it right so people can get the medicine they need. Here’s more with Senator Leach who also spoke at a State Capitol rally held by supporters of Senate Bill 3, members known as Campaign4Compassion, where he challenged testimony from the Pennsylvania Medical Society which opposes the legislation.
February 19, 2015: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Pennsylvania has the second lowest vaccination rate in the nation. Senator Leach says he’d like to improve those numbers by eliminating one reason parents use to keep their children from being vaccinated.
February 13, 2015: Calling it long overdue, Senator Leach is commending Gov. Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is introducing legislation to abolish the death penalty in the Commonwealth.
February 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says most Pennsylvania families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage for kids.
January 27, 2015: A bipartisan bill has again been introduced in the state Senate that would allow the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania to help people suffering from seizures and other health problems. Here’s more from today’s State Capitol news conference with Senator Leach, sponsor of the legislation, who urged its approval.
January 11, 2015: Senator Leach’s Resolution declares January 11th “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.
January 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvania state government has an online resource that can get people the help they need for everything from child care to mortgage problems to paying less in taxes.