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State Senate Passes Package of Bills to Strengthen Protections For Crime Victims

April 10, 2019
The Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a package of five bills designed to provide stronger protections for crime victims and ensure they have more opportunities to participate in the judicial process. Legislation sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, is among them. Listen   [Read More]

Sen. Baker Comments On Her Follow The Active Duty Spouse Bill

April 09, 2019
The Senate Labor and Industry Committee today approved Sen. Lisa Baker’s SB 304, which would close a loophole that penalizes spouses of active duty military who must leave their employment when their spouse is transferred to a new duty station. Listen   [Read More]

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Senator Baker Welcomes Several District Attorneys To the Senate

April 08, 2019
Senator Baker offered floor remarks welcoming several district attorneys who visited the Senate as part of their legislative outreach with the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Among them were two from the 20th Senate District: Stephanie Salavantis from Luzerne County and Ray Tonkin form Pike County. Listen   [Read More]

Guest Senate Page and Shadow

March 27, 2019
Veronica Miller served as a guest Senate page and shadowed Sen. Baker for the day. Listen   [Read More]

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March 26, 2019
Sen. Baker and Sen. Mike Regan cosponsored Senate Resolution 61 marking March as American Red Cross Month in Pennsylvania. Baker noted that in fiscal year 2018, 6,600 Red Cross volunteers assisted 4,000 families statewide during a disaster. Listen   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 123, SB 149, SB 337, SB 396, SB 399, SB 425, SB 431, SB 469, SB 473 and SB 479

March 25, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee | March 27, 2019 | North Office Building, Hearing Room 1 |     [Read More]

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Officials Announce First Five Participating Hospitals In Rural Health Model

March 05, 2019
Three hospitals in the 20th Senatorial District were chosen to participate in the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, which seeks to improve patient health in rural communities while ensuring that the hospitals serving those residents remain financially healthy. Listen   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) / PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency (PCCD)

February 28, 2019
During the PA Senate Budget Hearings with the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Sen. Baker asked Acting Executive Director Derin Myers for an update on implementation of the Legislature’s school safety initiatives. She also sought a status update on the Children’s Advocacy Centers, whom help child abuse victims with an array of services.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections / Probation & Parole

February 28, 2019
Senator Baker questioned Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel about prison expenses, potential savings and ways to control costs moving forward during a budget hearing for the Department of Corrections and Office of Probation and Parole.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Judiciary

February 26, 2019
Senator Baker questioned the impact of the Governor’s plan to provide flat funding to the judicial branch, implementation costs for the Clean Slate law, and the amount of funding the courts hold in reserve.   [Read More]