Warren General Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Patient Safety

HARRISBURG –Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-65) congratulated Warren General Hospital for being one of 21 hospitals recognized statewide by the he Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for their stellar performance ensuring patients’ safety.

“Warren General Hospital serves an important healthcare need in our community and continues to do so with the highest level of quality and safety for its staff, patients and their loved ones,” said Hutchinson.  “I congratulate the entire Warren General Hospital Team on this well-deserved recognition.”

HAP honors the top performing hospitals each year through their Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program. This recognition reflects the extraordinary steps Warren General Hospital is taking to prevent health care-associated infections and improve patient-safety outcomes.

“I am pleased once again to applaud everyone at Warren General Hospital for taking extraordinary steps and doing whatever is necessary to save lives,” said Rapp. “The hard work and dedication of these highly-skilled, irreplaceable doctors, nurses and other frontline heroes in achieving the lowest rates of health care-associated infections continues to raise the bar of excellence and Warren General Hospital’s well-earned reputation as the unshakable cornerstone of our regional health care system.”

The top-performing hospitals are identified by HAP using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. To be recognized, hospitals must perform better than the mean standardized infection ratio in three key measures: central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and Clostridioides difficile infections.

 

CONTACTS: Justin Leventry  

                        Ty McCauslin             717-787-6725

Senator Hutchinson Reappointed to Chair Senate Finance Committee

HARRISBURG –Today, (January 6), Senator Scott E. Hutchinson has been reappointed to serve as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 2023-24 Legislative Session by Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward. Hutchinson has held the post since the beginning of the 2017-18 Legislative Session.

“I am proud of my past accomplishments of enacting historic job creating tax cuts as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee,” said Senator Hutchinson. “The Finance Committee has the primary role of considering pieces of legislation that deal with the Pennsylvania tax code and ensuring that they are in the best interest of all Pennsylvanians and this Commonwealth. I am honored by the opportunity to continue to serve and look forward to what we will achieve in the coming session.”

Senator Hutchinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He continues to target economic development and job growth as his main legislative priorities as Finance Chairman. The state tax code and the mix of revenues which fund state government are the main purviews of the Finance Committee. 

Senator Hutchinson will also serve as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and as a member of the Senate Game and Fisheries, Health and Human Services, Local Government and Intergovernmental Operations committees.

 

CONTACT: Justice Leventry  

Meeting to consider SB 721

Senate Finance Committee

Monday, June 6, 2022 | Off the floor

Rules Room

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 721

 

**Media Advisory** Senators Speaking at Rally to Oppose Bridge Tolling

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HARRISBURG – Several Pennsylvania senators will be joining members of the No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition, an organization against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative, to voice opposition to the Wolf administration’s plan to toll interstate bridges in Pennsylvania, starting with the following nine bridges:

PennDOT’s plan proposes tolling to pay for bridge projects and has received an overwhelming amount of disapproval, including members of the General Assembly, other elected officials and Pennsylvania residents. The Commonwealth Court has temporarily halted PennDOT’s entire bridge tolling plan with a preliminary injunction.

Who: Sens. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Devlin Robinson (R-37), as well as the No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition members and additional state and local elected officials.

What: No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition Harrisburg rally.

When: Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m.

Where: Front steps of the Capitol Complex, 501 N Third St. Livestream will also be available on https://www.pasenategop.com/ and facebook.com/PASenateGOP.

The event is open to the public and media.

 

Contact: Nolan Ritchie (Sen. Langerholc)

Senators Mastriano and Hutchinson Introduce the “PA Energy Independence Act”

Harrisburg- Senator Doug Mastriano (PA-33) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (PA-21) have officially introduced legislation to stabilize energy costs for Pennsylvanians, protect against market volatility in the long term, and utilize Pennsylvania’s unique natural resources to finally cement the commonwealth as a premier energy powerhouse.

SB 1219 will spur natural gas production and investment, reduce regulatory and permitting burdens, open new state lands for production, and withdraw Pennsylvania from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

The PA Energy Independence Act will make significant reforms to costly regulations and expedite the permit process. It requires a report from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to the General Assembly on all current rules and regulations affecting the natural gas and coal industries and the respective economic impact of each regulation. It also requires legislative approval for any new regulations that affect the natural gas and coal industries.

SB 1219 increases transparency in the permit review process and expedites approvals by deeming applications “approved” if a decision is not made within 45 days.

The legislation also ends Governor Wolf’s ban on leases for natural gas and oil development in State-owned lands. This will create new opportunities for investment and extraction.

To save Pennsylvania’s remaining coal industry, the bill will establish an “Intrastate Coal/Natural Gas Use” provision to clearly state that any environmental regulation of coal that is extracted and used in Pennsylvania can only be exclusively regulated by the Commonwealth, not by the Federal government. To preserve coal-powered plants, the bill exempts Pennsylvania plants from the EPA’s Wastewater Rule and Cross State Air Pollution Rule.

Lastly, the PA Energy Independence Act ends Pennsylvania’s entry into RGGI which is projected to raise energy consumer costs by at least $2 billion over nine years and lead to the closure of at least five power plants within a year of entry.

“With our abundant resources, Pennsylvania should be largely immune to energy cost volatility. Cumbersome regulations, permitting delays, and misguided restrictions are handicapping the potential of our energy sector.  Many companies simply choose to invest in states that are more energy friendly. Market volatility will not go away anytime soon. It’s time to take steps now to assert energy independence.”

“Here in Pennsylvania, we are blessed with an abundance of natural resources that can provide good paying jobs, reduce energy costs for households and businesses, and help improve our nation’s economic and national security outlook for generations to come,” said Senator Scott Hutchinson.  “We also know that these resources can be harnessed in ways that result in minimal impact to public health and the environment.  This is a responsible measure to keep our nation moving forward.”

 

Media Contact: Josh Herman (Mastriano)

                            Justin Leventry (Hutchinson)

Senators Mastriano and Hutchinson propose the “PA Energy Independence Act”

Harrisburg- Senator Doug Mastriano (PA-33) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (PA-21) announced today that they will soon introduce legislation to stabilize energy costs for Pennsylvanians, protect against economic and international volatility in the long term, and utilize Pennsylvania’s unique natural resources to finally cement the commonwealth as a premier energy powerhouse.

To spur natural gas production and investment, the legislation will focus on tax incentives and opening new state lands for production.

To preserve coal-powered plants, the bill will exempt Pennsylvania plants from the EPA’s Wastewater Rule and Cross State Air Pollution Rule. The misguided Obama-era regulations have been revived by the Biden Administration and are the main culprits for the planned closure of Keystone and Conemaugh plants outside of Pittsburgh. The two plants employ about 320 full-time workers, 170 contractors, and generate enough power for up to 1.5 million homes.

The bill will also establish an “Intrastate Coal/Natural Gas Use” provision to clearly state that any environmental regulation of coal and natural gas that is extracted and used in Pennsylvania can only be exclusively regulated by the Commonwealth, not by the Federal government.

Lastly, the PA Energy Independence Act will make significant reforms to costly regulations, expedite the permit process, and immediately suspend Pennsylvania’s entry into RGGI which is projected to raise energy consumer costs by at least $2 billion over nine years and lead to the closure of at least five power plants within a year of entry.

Natural gas and coal combine to account for over 60% of Pennsylvania’s electricity generation.

“Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine, resulting sanctions, and the international effects on energy prices have reminded Americans of the importance of cultivating our own domestic resources,” said Mastriano. “With our abundant resources, Pennsylvania should be largely immune to energy cost volatility. Cumbersome taxes, regulations, and restrictions are handicapping the potential of our energy sector.  Many companies simply choose to invest in states that are more energy friendly. Market volatility will not go away anytime soon. It’s time to take steps now to assert energy independence.”

“The terrible attack on Ukraine by Russia and its subsequent disruptions to international energy supply chains reinforces what I and many others have believed for years – that the United States, and Pennsylvania specifically, should make every effort to responsibly tap our domestic resources to reduce or eliminate our dependence on foreign energy,” said Senator Scott Hutchinson.  “It will be difficult, but through efforts like this one we can work to reverse the dangerous and costly policies of the Biden and Wolf Administrations.”

PA Energy Independence Act: Co-sponsor Memo

 

Media Contact: Josh Herman (Mastriano)

                                Justin Leventry (Hutchinson)