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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation and Approves the Nomination of New Victim Advocate

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), met today to consider the nomination of Suzanne V. Estrella, Esq., as Pennsylvania’s Victim Advocate. In addition, the committee considered three pieces of legislation aimed at protecting the rights of children and crime victims, and safeguarding the Commonwealth from ransomware attacks.
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To consider the nomination of Suzanne Estrella as Victim Advocate, and consideration of SB 708, SB 726, and HB 156

Senate Judiciary Committee | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B and Virtual Participation |
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Meeting of Special Committee

Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform | PUBLIC HEARING | Meeting of Special Committee | Monday, June 14, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. | Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation |
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Baker, Argall Issue Statement on Inspector General Report

Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator Dave Argall (R-29) have issued the following statement regarding the Inspector General report released today, on the Department of State’s Failure to meet its constitutional mandate concerning House Bill No. 963 of 2019.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), met today to consider five bills aimed at aiding in cyber stalking prevention, protecting care-dependent individuals from sexual assault, safeguarding newborns in need of care, creating increased accountability for court costs, and providing greater transparency for prosecution of certain offenses.
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Meeting to consider SB 305, SB 516, SB 588, SB 703, and SB 704

Senate Judiciary Committee | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 11: 30 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 (and Virtual Participation) |
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Meeting to consider SB 521, HB 184, and HB 951

Senate Judiciary Committee | Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 10 a.m. | Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)  
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Public hearing on insight on the Administration of Elections in Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties

Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 and Virtual Participation |  
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The Pennsylvania Senate Honors the Life of Pat Solano

The Pennsylvania Senate, today, honored the life of Pat Solano with a condolence resolution, according to Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator John Yudichak (I-14), who both offered remarks on the Senate Floor.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation to Clarify Qualifications for District Attorneys and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania

The Senate Judiciary Committee, today, advanced two pieces of legislation to bring greater transparency, clarity and stability to the offices of District Attorneys and office of Attorney General, according to chairwoman Senator Lisa Baker (R-20).  
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Meeting to consider SB 420 and SB 457

Senate Judiciary Committee | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | Off the Floor | Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation) |  
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Public hearing on State and Local Insight on the Administration of Elections in Pennsylvania

Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 and Virtual Participation |  
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Senate Advances Legislation for the Robert F. Kile Sr. Memorial Highway

The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously advanced legislation to designate a portion of PA Route 92 from Apple Tree Road to Rustic Lane in Exeter Township, Luzerne County, as the Robert F. Kile Sr. Memorial Highway
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Meeting to consider SB 137, SB 411, and HB 14

Senate Judiciary Committee | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12 Noon | Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation |  
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Public Hearing – A Review of Best Practices of Election Integrity and Security from Other States

Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform | March 15, 2021 at 10 am | Senate Floor |  
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Succession in the Office of District Attorney

VIDEO: Senator Lisa Baker speaks in support of Senate Bill 84, Senate Bill 85, and Senate Bill 86, a package of bills that will bring consistency to the rules of succession when a vacancy occurs in the office of a county district attorney.  
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National Wear Red Day

VIDEO: Senator Lisa Baker offers a resolution recognizing February 5 as the American Heart Association’s “National Wear Red Day” in Pennsylvania.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Pennsylvania

Senator Lisa Baker questions Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam during a joint hearing of the Senate Aging & Youth Committee and the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on problems with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Pennsylvania.  
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Senate Approves Child Pornography Protection Legislation

The state Senate has approved legislation today to enhance the penalties for child pornography, while also establishing the Task Force on Child Pornography, according to Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) who sponsored the bill.  Senate Bill 87 was overwhelmingly passed by a bi-partisan vote of 46-2.   Listen
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Meeting to consider SB 8, SB 81, SB 86, SB 85, SB 84, SB 87, and SB 78

Senate Judiciary Committee | Monday, January 25, 2021 | Off the Floor | Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation) |  
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Senate Bill 2 (Constitutional Amendments)

During a Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting, Senator Lisa Baker speaks in support of Senate Bill 2, legislation that would limit the length of a Governor’s emergency declaration to 30 days unless approved for a longer duration by the General Assembly.  
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Senate Approves Liability Assistance for Businesses, Health Care Providers, PPE Manufacturers, Schools, and Nonprofits

Health care providers, schools, businesses, nonprofits and others who followed COVID-19 public health directives would be protected from unfair lawsuits for good-faith actions they took during the pandemic under legislation approved by the Senate today, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).  
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Dog Laws and Related Animal Welfare Issues

Senate Judiciary Committee | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. | Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation) |  
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Senate Votes To Strengthen Penalties Against Child Pornography

The Senate unanimously approved a bill today that would strengthen penalties for child pornography and create a new task force to help prevent children from being victimized by this heinous crime, according to Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), who supported the bill.
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