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Public hearing to consider the reappointment of John P. Williams as a member of the Board of Pardons

November 15, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee | November 19, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B |     [Read More]

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Bill Helps Ensure Safe, Fair Elections And Greater Voter Participation

October 30, 2019
Senate Bill 421, which passed the Senate and House and is on its way to the governor’s desk, received the support of Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th.   [Read More]

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Wayne County Resident Shadows Sen. Baker

October 29, 2019
Grey Rabbit Dion Puett, a 2018 Honesdale High School graduate, spent a day serving as a student shadow of Sen. Lisa Baker at the Capitol.   [Read More]

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State Senate Honors Patrick Solano

October 25, 2019
Patrick Solano, of Pittston Township, has received many honors and awards over the years. But the WWII veteran says the recognition he recently received by the state Senate is, “the optimum.”   [Read More]

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Senate Recognizes Pat Solano for Distinguished Military and Public Service

October 22, 2019
It is fitting for us to honor Patrick Solano, for his sense of honor and duty and patriotism during World War II.   [Read More]

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Hearing on statute of limitations with respect to claims of sexual abuse

September 27, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee | October 2, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 Part 1 Video   Part 2 Video     [Read More]

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Senators Baker And Yudichak Joint Testimony At Committee Hearing On The Closures Of Polk And White Haven State Centers

September 24, 2019
State Senators Lisa Baker (R-20th) and John Yudichak (D-14th) provided the following written testimony at the Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing today:   [Read More]

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Public hearing on Behavioral Health, Second Amendment Rights, and other Gun-Related Issues (Part 2 of 2)

September 20, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee | September 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 |     [Read More]

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Public hearing on Behavioral Health, Second Amendment Rights, and other Gun-Related Issues (Part 1 of 2)

September 20, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee | September 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 |     [Read More]

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Roundtable Discussion on Veterans Suicides-Wilkes-Barre

August 28, 2019
Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee | August 29, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. | Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center |     [Read More]

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Protecting Victims of Campus Sexual Assaults

July 08, 2019
Two initiatives to reduce college campus violence were part of the final budget package signed into law. Listen   [Read More]

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Video: Pa. GI Bill Signed Into Law

July 01, 2019
Sen. Lisa Baker speaks about House Bill 1324, known as the PA GI Bill, which was signed into law today. The law creates a program allowing spouses and children of Pennsylvania National Guard members to attend college at no or reduced cost. It is the first program of its kind in the nation.   [Read More]

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Baker Supports State Budget That Increases Education and Farming Funding, Holds Line On Taxes

June 28, 2019
The Legislature approved a Fiscal Year 2019-20 spending plan that provides funding for essential services, promotes workforce development efforts, bolsters education spending at all levels and makes a substantial investment in the state Rainy Day Fund, according to Senator Lisa Baker, R-20th, who voted in favor of the bill. There are no tax increases, and a plan to tax municipalities utilizing State Police coverage was rejected. Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Confirms Kelly Gaughan To Vacant Pike County Judgeship

June 27, 2019
The Pennsylvania Senate today confirmed Kelly Anne Gaughan, of Milford Township, to serve as a Pike County judge for the remainder of 2019.   [Read More]

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Video: Anthracite Heritage Day in Pennsylvania

June 25, 2019
The Senate adopted a joint Senate Resolution designating July 20 as Anthracite Heritage Day in Pennsylvania. A copy of the resolution can be found here.   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider judicial nominations

June 21, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting | June 27, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 |     [Read More]

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Public hearing to consider Probation and Parole Reform (SB 14) – Part 1 of 2

June 21, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting | June 25, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 |     [Read More]

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Public hearing to consider Probation and Parole Reform (SB 14) – Part 2 of 2

June 21, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting | June 26, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 |     [Read More]

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Legislature Sends Series of Victims’ Rights Bills to Governor’s Desk

June 19, 2019
Lawmakers gave final approval to a bipartisan package of bills this week that will better protect the rights of crime victims and provide stronger protections for victims of violent offenses, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), who supported the package.   [Read More]

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VIDEO: Marsy’s Law (House Bill 276)

June 19, 2019
Senator Lisa Baker speaks in support of House Bill 276, known as Marsy’s Law, legislation that would add a victims’ bill of rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Listen   [Read More]

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Dallas Graduate Serves As Guest Shadow

June 18, 2019
Shelby Carr, a Dallas High School graduate who is poised to attend King’s College where she will study political science and law, was in Harrisburg today to serve as a guest shadow.   [Read More]

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Meeting Community Needs Through The Rural Health Redesign Center

June 12, 2019
An innovative pilot project that could prove to be a real life saver for hospitals serving smaller communities received Senate approval today, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) who has been part of this collaborative effort between state and federal agencies, and private institutions for the last several years. Listen   [Read More]

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Meeting to consider SB 60, SB 81, SB 320, SB 714, SB 715, HB 235, HB 315, HB 502 and HB 504

June 07, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting | June 11, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B |     [Read More]

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Wallenpaupack Area Automotive Students Recognized At Capitol

June 05, 2019
Sen. Lisa Baker welcomed Wallenpaupack Area High School seniors Nick Hamer and Cory Prisco to the Senate and recognized their recent achievement of winning the National Automotive Technology Competition held in New York City. Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Approves New Phase of Criminal Justice Reforms

June 05, 2019
The Senate approved a bipartisan package of criminal justice reforms today that could reduce prison and probation costs, better protect crime victims and strengthen public safety.   [Read More]

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Economic Justice for DRBC Takings

June 04, 2019
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to move Senator Lisa Baker’s SB 305 out of committee today and send it to the full Senate. The bill provides economic justice for landowners in the Delaware River Basin Commission who are impacted by any natural gas drilling ban and calls for them to be compensated in the same manner that is used to determine value in any other eminent domain action. Baker spoke on her bill and answered questions from committee members.   [Read More]

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Wyoming County Student Shadows Sen. Baker

June 04, 2019
Tunkhannock Area High School junior Sabine Moran spent the day in Harrisburg serving as a guest Senate page and shadowed Sen. Lisa Baker. The daughter of Mark and Melissa Moran of Monroe Township, Wyoming County, Sabine has served on her school’s prom committee and steering committee and is an honor roll student. Listen   [Read More]

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CPR and AED Awareness Week

June 04, 2019
Sen. Lisa Baker offered floor remarks recognizing June 1 through 7, 2019, as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED.   [Read More]

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Wallenpaupack Area Students Visit Capitol and Meet With Legislators

May 14, 2019
Wallenpaupack Area High School juniors Seth Brown and Anthony Ioppolo visited Harrisburg and served as guest Senate pages and job shadowed Sen. Lisa Baker for the day.   Listen   [Read More]

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Senator Baker Supports Passage of “Farming First” Bills to Support PA Agriculture

May 08, 2019
Senator Lisa Baker, R-20th, supported passage of a package of bills today that would help Pennsylvania agricultural operations remain competitive and profitable for current and future generations of farmers.   [Read More]

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Members of the Task Force on Lead Exposure Discuss Legislative Recommendations of Advisory Committee and Task Force Report on Lead Exposure

May 07, 2019
Legislative members of the Task Force on Lead Exposure held a press conference today to discuss the legislative recommendations that were part of ‘Lead Exposure Risks and Response in Pennsylvania: Report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure.’     [Read More]

Meeting to consider SB 500, SB 501, SB 502, SB 275, and HB 279

April 30, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting | May 1, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. | Main Capitol, Room 461   [Read More]

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Baker Welcomes Special Olympic Medal Winner To Senate

April 29, 2019
Aaron Keller, 21, of Dorrance Township, brought the gold and silver medals he earned earlier this year at the Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Harrisburg. Sen. Baker welcomed him to the Capitol and introduced the Luzerne County Community College student during a Senate session.   Listen   [Read More]

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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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Senator Baker Comments On Budget Address

February 05, 2019
Senator Lisa Baker, R-20th, offered the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s annual budget address: Listen   [Read More]

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Senate Adopts Baker Resolution Calling For Transparency In Proposed Court Rule Change

February 05, 2019
Senator Lisa Baker, R-20th, offered remarks on the floor of the Senate today on Senate Resolution 20. Listen   [Read More]

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Video: St. David’s Day in Pennsylvania

February 04, 2019
Senator Lisa Baker introduced a resolution recognizing March 1 as St. David’s Day in Pennsylvania to commemorate the death of the patron saint of Wales in 569 and to bring attention to the incredible contributions individuals of Welsh heritage made to the settlement and development of Pennsylvania. Listen   [Read More]

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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Weeks

February 04, 2019
Senator Baker offered floor remarks in support of a pair of resolutions she introduced. Listen-Senator Baker   [Read More]

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National Wear Red Day

January 30, 2019
Senator Baker offers a resolution recognizing Friday, February 1, 2019, as “National Wear Red Day” in Pennsylvania to raise awareness about heart disease and strokes for women. Listen   [Read More]

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Video: Maternal Health Awareness Day

January 16, 2019
Senator Lisa Baker offers remarks recognizing January 23, 2019 as Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Listen   [Read More]

Baker Seeks Savings On Prescription Drugs

January 14, 2019
As third-party administrators of drug benefit programs for health plans, pharmacy benefits managers have seen success in containing costs. Listen   [Read More]

Baker Named To Chair State Senate Judiciary Committee

January 07, 2019
For state Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), a new term in office and a new legislative session bring the opportunity and responsibility of a new committee chairmanship – the Senate Judiciary Committee. Listen   [Read More]