Phillips-Hill supports giving the people the final say on voter ID

HARRISBURG – Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) supported a measure on Wednesday that would give Pennsylvania voters the ultimate decision on voter identification requirements through a proposed constitutional amendment.

Senate Bill 1 proposes distinct, separate constitutional amendments that would provide for voter identification requirements, a two-year civil window on child sexual abuse cases, and legislative review of regulations. The language that advanced is identical to the language passed last session and published throughout the Commonwealth for voters to read, review, and provide feedback to legislators.

“It should be left up to the people of Pennsylvania,” said Sen. Phillips-Hill. “And with this proposed constitutional amendment, we are giving the people the power to amend their state constitution.”

The General Assembly recently eliminated the financial barriers preventing the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians from obtaining a photo ID, which allows homeless individuals to qualify for a free identification card. Additionally, other states require some form of voter ID, with academic studies and actual election turnout overwhelmingly illustrating voter ID does not depress voter turnout.

A Franklin and Marshall College poll found that 74% of Pennsylvanians support requiring voters to present identification to vote. A Monmouth University poll found that 80% of Americans favor voter ID nationwide.

“Let’s give the voters the chance to weigh in on this long, overdue issue and maybe, we will be the 36th state to have voter identification requirement laws on our books,” she added. 

The legislation heads to the House of Representatives for its consideration. Should the House approve of the measure, it will head to the voters for their approval.

 

Contact:
Jon Hopcraft
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Phillips-Hill tapped to serve on Senate Appropriations Committee, four others

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) appointed Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) to serve on five committees during the 2023-24 legislative session.

Phillips-Hill, who was elected by her colleagues to serve in leadership as the Senate Majority Caucus Chair for the session, will serve as the Vice Chair of the Senate Communications & Technology Committee, and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Aging & Youth Committee, the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee, and the Senate State Government Committee.

She previously chaired the Senate Communications & Technology Committee throughout her first term in office and led to the creation of the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, the state’s single point-of-contact for all federal funds aimed at closing the digital divide.

“I am eager to serve on these respective committees to do the work of the people of the 28th Senatorial District,” she said. “Serving on the Appropriations Committee gives me and every hardworking taxpayer a front row seat in how state tax dollars are spent. I make it a priority to attend every public hearing on the governor’s budget proposal because our future generations could be responsible for decisions made today.”

“We have made great progress by improving health care outcomes through the Banking & Insurance Committee last session, as well as strengthening the integrity of our elections process through the Senate State Government Committee. I look forward to working with the committee chairs to advance the interests of local citizens in their state government,” she added.

The Senate of Pennsylvania is scheduled to reconvene on Monday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m.

 

Contact:
Jon Hopcraft
717.787.7085

Phillips-Hill begins second term serving the 28th Senatorial District

HARRISBURG – Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) today took the oath of office to begin the 2023-24 legislative session in the state Senate working for the 28th District.

With this ceremony, Phillips-Hill begins her second term in the Senate of Pennsylvania. The day’s proceedings also included the formal election of Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) as Senate President Pro Tempore, as well as a vote on rules to govern the body for the next two years.

“This legislative session, I will continue my efforts to achieve school tax relief, partner with the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority so all Pennsylvanians will have access to high-speed internet, rein in wasteful government spending and propose measures to clean up the state’s lobbying laws,” Phillips-Hill said. “I am ready to hit the ground running to advance the common good and do the serious work of the citizens of the 28th District and all Pennsylvanians.”

Phillips-Hill was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Senate Majority Caucus Chair for the 2023-24 legislative session. In this leadership role, she will preside over Republican caucus meetings to develop caucus strategy and discuss bills and amendments.

The Senate will return to voting session on Monday, Jan. 9.

Phillips-Hill noted that residents are encouraged to visit her website at SenatorKristin.com, her Facebook page at Facebook.com/SenatorKristin, her Twitter page at Twitter.com/SenatorKristin, her Instagram page at Instagram.com/SenatorKristin, her LinkedIn page at LinkedIn.com/in/SenatorKristin and her YouTube channel at YouTube.com/@SenatorKristin. There, they will find information on the latest legislative developments in Harrisburg, state programs and the latest happenings in the 28th District. She also hosts a podcast, Kristin’s Corner, featuring various guests who provide updates on legislation and other state-related news. More information can be found at SenatorKristin.com/podcast.

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New maps: York County to be represented by Phillips-Hill, Regan in Senate of Pennsylvania

YORK – York County will move from having four state senators dividing the county to only two after the state’s Legislative Reapportionment Commission maps go into effect on Dec. 1, 2022.

Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland) will serve as the two state senators for York Countians in the Senate of Pennsylvania for the 2023-24 session.

Through the reapportionment process, Phillips-Hill’s district will cover southern York County while Regan’s district will include the northern half of the county, as well as several municipalities in southern Cumberland County.

Phillips-Hill’s district moves her out of the following municipalities: York City, Manchester Township, West Manchester Township, and West York Borough, which will all be represented by Regan. Phillips-Hill will also pick up Jackson Township from Regan, as well as Hanover Borough, Penn Township and West Manheim Township, currently represented by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), and Springettsbury Township, represented by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-Lebanon).

Regan’s district will now include the following municipalities currently represented by Sen. Gebhard: Conewago Township, East Manchester Township, Goldsboro, Lewisberry, Manchester Borough, Mount Wolf Borough, Newberry Township and York Haven.

“It is bittersweet to shift out of the City of York, West York Borough, Manchester and West Manchester townships as part of this process given the inroads we have made, but I know those residents will be well-served by Sen. Regan,” Phillips-Hill said. “I am very eager to get to work for the residents in Hanover Borough, and Jackson, Penn, Springettsbury, and West Manheim townships and continue to build on what we’ve been able to accomplish for southern York County.”

“I have been a resident of York County for over 25 years, and I look forward to continuing to represent York and Cumberland Counties in the Senate of Pennsylvania,” Regan said. “Since I was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, York County has been the pillar of my district, and I am excited about the new municipalities that fall in into the 31st Senatorial District and the work that lies ahead.”

More information on the 28th Senatorial District, represented by Phillips-Hill, here.

More information on the 31st Senatorial District, represented by Regan, here.

Phillips-Hill encourages public to engage with broadband map accuracy

SPRINGFIELD TWP – Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), as a member of the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, is encouraging residents, businesses, and local governments to provide feedback to recently released maps by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that show areas served and unserved by high-speed internet.

“This is the first step in ensuring tax dollars are not squandered to overbuild broadband in areas that are already served, and, more importantly, to instead target those investments for individuals who lack access to high-speed internet,” Phillips-Hill said.

The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, which is the state’s single point-of contact for the Commonwealth to drive out taxpayer dollars to eligible projects to improve access to high-speed internet in unserved and underserved communities. The FCC will dedicate resources based on states and areas with the greatest need based on data collected throughout the challenge process. 

The FCC map can be accessed at https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home. Residents, businesses, local governments, and broadband providers can submit challenges through the website.

The challenge process will run through January 13, 2023.

Senators Phillips-Hill and Regan Announce Funding for New Police HQ in York County

HARRISBURG – Northern York County Regional Police received funding for a new facility through a state grant program, Senators Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) announced.

The $4.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will be used for a new

Northern York County Regional Police Department headquarters to be built in Manchester Township. The new facility will be used to increase staffing capacity, create space for specialized police operations and provide facilities necessary to maintain the health and wellness of officers.

“At a time when our police officers are embattled on all fronts, it is important we ensure officers have the tools, training space and facilities to do the job,” the lawmakers said. “This is an investment not only in a building for police officers, but one which will be a benefit to the entire community.”

Northern York County Regional Police Department is the oldest regional police department in Pennsylvania and the first department created through regionalization. Today, the departments boasts more than 60 sworn officers providing police services to 11 municipalities.

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are state-funded and cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.

Phillips-Hill elected to leadership role in Senate Republican Caucus

HARRISBURG – Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) was elected by her Republican colleagues to serve as the Majority Caucus Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus for the 2023-24 legislative session.

The role plays a pivotal part in determining the agenda for the Senate of Pennsylvania. Phillips-Hill will preside over Senate Republican Caucus meetings to review legislation and amendments.

As Caucus Chair, Phillips-Hill will also work with newly elected Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-Indiana) and Senate Majority Whip Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) on the Senate’s voting calendar.

“I am grateful for the trust of my colleagues to serve in this capacity,” Phillips-Hill said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to find commonsense solutions that benefit all Pennsylvanians and will make our Commonwealth a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Prior to serving in this role, Phillips-Hill chaired the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, which addressed measures related to broadband expansion, removal of regulations impeding access to high-speed internet, data breaches at the state and local levels, and the modernization of state information technology services.

Phillips-Hill is the first senator in leadership from the 28th District since former Sen. Mike Waugh held the same position from 2006 to 2014.

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for New Legislative Session

HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans today elected their leadership team for the 2023-24 legislative session.

Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) has been elected to serve as interim Senate President Pro Tempore from Dec. 1 until Jan. 2. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Senate will vote for a President Pro Tempore to serve for the new two-year legislative session. She becomes the first woman to hold the position, the third-highest post in Pennsylvania government. She previously served as Senate Majority Leader.

The President Pro Tempore is responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the 22 standing committees of the Senate and serves as an ex-officio member of all committees. She presides over the Senate floor when the Lieutenant Governor is unavailable and fills the position of Lieutenant Governor if the office becomes vacant. The office also refers bills and resolutions to the appropriate Senate committees for consideration.

Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41) will serve as Senate Majority Leader. His duties include overseeing the legislative agenda, developing policies and strategies for the Senate Republican Caucus, and playing a key role in floor debates. He also has a major role in negotiating issues with the Administration and House of Representatives and in coordinating action on the Senate floor. Pittman previously chaired the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.

“To all members of the Senate, Democrat and Republican, I look forward to working with you to chart a path forward that requires us to selflessly work together advocating for all Pennsylvanians and their families by putting the principles and respect for this institution and our Commonwealth above all,” Ward said. “Together we have done big things for Pennsylvania, and they should be acknowledged in the bipartisan manner in which they were achieved. It is proof we can be diverse and unified at the same time and a kind reminder of the work we must continue to do on behalf of our Commonwealth its citizens.”

“To serve as the majority leader of the Senate Republican Caucus in the upcoming session will be a great honor,” Pittman said. “I am flattered to have the support of my colleagues and am committed to advancing a positive, pro-growth agenda for the citizens of this entire Commonwealth. The constituents of the 41st Senatorial District who have elected me to represent them as their senator will always be my top priority and focus, and I will use my voice to represent them and their interests.”

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) was elected Majority Whip. The duties include acting as assistant floor leader, working to gain support for legislation and ensuring that Republican policies and strategies are maintained through the cooperative efforts of the majority caucus.

Sen. Scott Martin (R-13) will chair the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in negotiating and developing the state budget. Each year, the panel holds a series of public hearings with leaders of state departments and agencies to study the governor’s budget proposal and ensure taxpayer dollars are being utilized properly.

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) will serve as Majority Caucus Chair for the 2023-24 legislative session. The chair presides over Republican caucus meetings to discuss bills and amendments and to develop caucus strategy.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) was elected Senate Majority Caucus Secretary to oversee all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation. She will coordinate the review of the background and experience of nominees and ensure that proper documentation is submitted.

 

CONTACTS:  Erica Clayton Wright  (Sen. Ward)

                         Jeremy Dias (Sen. Pittman)

Effort to forever remember 9/11 in schools approved by Senate Education Committee

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HARRISBURG – The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a measure that would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop model curriculum that schools could use to teach students about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

“High school seniors did not witness the tragic events of that fateful morning more than 20 years ago, however, the impact of Sept. 11 is felt to this day,” Phillips-Hill said. “I am grateful for my colleagues on the Senate Education Committee for approving this measure that would give schools an optional resource to incorporate curriculum of the events on and after 9/11.”

Senate Bill 210, sponsored by Phillips-Hill, was amended into another measure offered during the committee meeting. Under the amendment, school districts would be able to utilize model curriculum developed and shared by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The department would also be required to share teaching resources on its website for school districts to utilize as each district deems necessary.

“This is not an unfunded mandate, but instead an available resource to help school districts that want to teach about the significant events of 9/11,” she added.

The underlying bill, Senate Bill 139, would establish a moment of silence in schools on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

The bill, as amended, advances to the full Senate for its consideration.

Phillips-Hill: $250,000 grant awarded to improve Dallastown Community Park

DALLASTOWN – A $250,000 grant was awarded to Dallastown Borough to assist with improvements to the Dallastown Community Park, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

The funding will be used to address issues with storm water, safety, and accessibility, including adding handicapped parking at two locations and constructing an accessible path from the spaces to the recreational fields. It will also install new fencing around the baseball field.

“I am thankful to have played a part in securing this grant funding, which will help to preserve the park so many more children can use it. Playing sports is a wonderful form of exercise and a way to develop character. We do not want to lose a great park by not giving it the care it needs to remain a viable resource for the community,” Phillips-Hill said.

The 11-acre park is used by local sports organizations and is also home to several events that are held in the summer, leading to its regional draw.

The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program. The program is funded through the state’s Impact Fee, which is paid by the state’s unconventional natural gas producers.