News Releases

State System of Higher Education

February 23, 2017

Senator Browne questions SSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the State System of Higher Education.
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Attorney General

February 22, 2017

Senator Browne questions Attorney General Josh Shapiro during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Office of Attorney General.
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Auditor General

February 22, 2017

Senator Browne questions Auditor General Eugene DePasquale during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Department of State

February 22, 2017

Senator Browne questions Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Independent Fiscal Office

February 21, 2017

Senator Browne questions officials from the Independent Fiscal Office during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Department of Treasury

February 21, 2017

Senator Browne questions State Treasurer Joe Torsella during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Overview of Budget

February 21, 2017

Senator Browne offers an overview of budget issues and challenges at the beginning of the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Public Hearing

February 14, 2017

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - February 13, 2017
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PLANCON COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING IN RED LION

February 10, 2017

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease o[Read more...]

Senate Leaders Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal: Raise Concerns About Future Cost-Drivers, Including Pensions

February 7, 2017

Responding to Governor Wolf’s budget address today, Senate Republicans said they will continue to advocate fiscal responsibility, as they have done in previous budgets, and prioritize the process of finding government efficiencies.
 
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Presentation of Pre-K Report

February 3, 2017

Early Childhood Education Caucus - February 6, 2017[Read more...]

Early Childhood Education

February 1, 2017

Senator Browne speaks at a “Pre-K for PA” rally at the Capitol, in support of early childhood education.
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Lehigh Valley Residents Take Part in Tele-Town Hall on Heroin/Opioid Crisis

February 1, 2017

Lehigh Valley residents recently participated in a special Southeastern Pennsylvania telephone town hall meeting concerning Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic, according to Senator Pat Browne, one of the call’s hosts.[Read more...]

SB 170, SB 181, SB 261

January 31, 2017

Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting - January 31, 2017[Read more...]

Project to Improve Pedestrian Safety in Allentown Receives TAP Funding

January 12, 2017

Residents will soon see pedestrian safety improvements at a high-volume intersection adjacent to the school district’s new public high school, according to Senator Pat Browne and state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg.[Read more...]

Residents Urged to Take Part in Tele-Town Hall on Heroin/Opioid Crisis

January 4, 2017

Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic will be the focus of a third special Telephone Town Hall meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10th from the State Capitol in Harrisburg, according to Senator Pat Browne, one of t[Read more...]

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Featured on “The Browne Report”

December 19, 2016

Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne’s recent visit of Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) in Schnecksville is featured this month on “The Browne Report” television show.[Read more...]

Browne Report – December 2016 – Lehigh Career and Technical Institute

December 7, 2016

On this edition of the Browne Report, Senator Browne visits the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute to learn more from the students, faculty and administration about all the program LCTI has to offer.
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Public Pensions

December 6, 2016

Senator Browne appeared as a guest on PCN to discuss the public pension crisis
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Alburtis, Upper Saucon Township Receive Multimodal Grants

December 6, 2016

Two Lehigh County projects were awarded grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (December 6), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne.[Read more...]

Public Hearing

November 21, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - November 21, 2016
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Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for 2017-2018 Legislative Session

November 16, 2016

After voters re-elected all Republican incumbents and five new Senators last week, Senate Republicans strengthened their majority to the largest level in 66 years. Today, Senate Republicans re-elected their leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session, retaining the current[Read more...]

Senator Browne’s Recent Tour of Smooth-On featured on his monthly show “The Browne Report”

November 3, 2016

Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne’s recent visit to Smooth-On Inc. in Lower Macungie Township is this month’s feature installment on “The Browne Report” television show.[Read more...]

Browne Report – November 2016 – Tour of Smooth-On

November 1, 2016

On this edition of the Browne Report, Senator Browne visits Smooth-On in Lower Macungie Township.
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Cedar Crest College Awarded $1 Million Grant for Athletic Field Renovations

November 1, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf approved the release of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding, which had previously received legislative authorization, for Cedar Crest College, according to state Sen. Pat Browne and state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer.[Read more...]

PLANCON COMMITTEE MEETING POSTPONED DUE TO SESSION

October 26, 2016

The PlanCon meeting schedule for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (October 27th) at Red Lion Area High School has been POSTPONED to a later date due to the House of Representatives being in Session.[Read more...]

PlanCon Meeting in Red Lion

October 26, 2016

Plan Con Advisory Commission - October 27, 2016[Read more...]

PLANCON COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING IN RED LION

October 26, 2016

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease o[Read more...]

Gov. Authorizes $1 million RACP for Building 21 in Allentown

October 19, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf approved the release of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding, which had previously received legislative authorization, for Building 21 Allentown, according to Senator Pat Browne and Representatives Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer.[Read more...]

House Bills 34, 49, 423, 613, 1118, 1455, 1600, 1618, 1864

October 17, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting - October 17, 2016[Read more...]

Hearing to be Held on Performance-Based Budgeting

September 19, 2016

Joint Senate Appropriations Committee and Policy Committee hearing to discuss performance-based budgeting and Senate Bill 1341, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch.[Read more...]

Gov. Christie's Reversal of Reciprocity Agreement with PA

September 16, 2016

In 1834, nearly two centuries after the Duke of York conveyed the land and water of the present state of New Jersey to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, the U.S. Congress passed a compact between the states of New[Read more...]

Performance Based Budgeting

September 16, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Majority Policy Committees - September 20, 2016
 
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PLANCON COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING IN LANCASTER

September 6, 2016

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease o[Read more...]

Public Hearing

September 6, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - September 7, 2016
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Media Advisory - PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee

August 30, 2016

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease o[Read more...]

Public Hearing

August 23, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - August 31, 2016
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PA restores Scholarship Funding for Early Child Care Professionals

August 12, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne was pleased to join Governor Tom Wolf today (August 12th) in announcing that the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program will be restored and $2.4M of funding for 1,000 [Read more...]

PlanCon Hearing: Overview of PlanCon Process

July 12, 2016

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee held its first hearing with testimony from the PA Department of Education on the overview of the current PlanCon process.
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Senate Leaders Hail Passage of On-Time, State Spending Plan: Measure Will Increase Funds for Schools, Drug Prevention 

June 29, 2016

The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
 
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Discussion of New Federal Overtime Rules

June 20, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Labor and Industry Committees - June 21, 2016
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Senate Appropriations and Labor & Industry Committees will hold a Joint Hearing to Discuss New Federal Overtime Rules

June 20, 2016

The Senate Appropriations and Labor & Industry Committees will hold a joint hearing for the purpose of better understanding and exploring the impact of the new Federal Department of Labor overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to[Read more...]

Browne Report - June 2016 – Tour of the Pennsylvania Capitol

June 15, 2016

Senator Browne welcomes you to take a tour of the beautiful and historic Pennsylvania Capitol building.
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Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing

June 1, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing - June 6, 2016

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Sen. Browne, Rep. Schlossberg applaud the House’s passage of legislation requiring rear-facing child safety seats in vehicles for children under two.

May 24, 2016

State Senator Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, and Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today applauded House passage of S.B. 1152, which would require infants younger than 2 to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat while in a vehicle.[Read more...]

Senate Bills 163, 1159 & 1227 and House Bills 59, 147, 264, 414 & 1436

May 17, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting - May 17, 2016[Read more...]

Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing

May 16, 2016

The Senate Appropriations Infrastructure, Environment and Government Operations Subcommittee today (May 16th) held its second hearing.[Read more...]