News Releases

Legislative Update and reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address

February 8, 2017

Legislative Update and reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address
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SB241

February 1, 2017

Senate Labor & Industry Committee - February 1, 2017[...Read more]

Joint Statement by Senators Lisa Baker and Kim Ward on Auditor General’s SIIF Audit

January 19, 2017

Senators Lisa Baker and Kim Ward, past and current chairs of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, issued the following statement regarding Auditor General DePasquale’s announcement that he has launched a performance audit of the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF)[...Read more]

HB 1887

October 18, 2016

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - October 19, 2016[...Read more]

State Residents Take Part in Second Telephone Town Hall on Heroin & Opioid Crisis

October 18, 2016

Over 19,000 households took part across 14 southwestern Pennsylvania counties Monday, October 17, for a Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by area legislators to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic in the region.[...Read more]

“A Commonwealth Crisis” Telephone Town Hall

October 3, 2016

Combatting Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid crisis will be the focus of a special Telephone Town Hall, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17 from the State Capitol. More information at http://acommonwealthcrisis.com
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Arnold Palmer

September 26, 2016

Senator Ward offers remarks upon the death of Arnold Palmer, who died on Sunday, September 25.
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Senate Bill 1324

June 27, 2016

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - June 27, 2016[...Read more]

HB 1887

June 23, 2016

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - June 23, 2016[...Read more]

Senate Bill 1221

May 17, 2016

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - May 18, 2016[...Read more]

Public Hearing on Increase of Assessments on PA Casinos

May 13, 2016

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee and House Gaming Oversight Committee - May 17, 2016
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HB 1788

April 12, 2016

Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - April 13, 2016[...Read more]

PA Tourism: Economic Impact, Budget (FY16-17), Marketing, Branding, Partnerships and Heritage Areas

March 9, 2016

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee AND House Tourism & Recreational Development - March 16, 2016
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Ward Unveils Measure Allowing Local Governments to Eliminate Property Taxes, Choose Taxing Option with Voter Approval

February 25, 2016

Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) today announced a proposed Constitutional amendment to ultimately grant any local government in Pennsylvania the option, with local voter approval, to eliminate property taxes and choose from alternative taxing options to make up for the loss revenues.[...Read more]

Senator Ward responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget

February 9, 2016

Senator Ward responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget, which calls for massive increases in taxes and spending.
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Senator Ward at Joint hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on the Administration’s Authority to Spend

February 8, 2016

During a joint hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on the implementation of the General Appropriation Act 10-A of 2015, Senator Ward questions Christopher Craig, Esq., Chief Counsel, PA State Treasury and Michael R. Dimino, Esq., Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
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House Bill 944

February 5, 2016

Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - February 9, 2016[...Read more]

Responsible Budget starts with Responsible Spending

January 14, 2016

I want to update you on what I have been doing in Harrisburg. As you know, the budget impasse has been the main focal point of state government since last June. It is finally to a point where funding has been released to schools and agencies, but the work still isn’t completed because only 6 months’ worth of funding has been released.[...Read more]

House Bill 794

October 27, 2015

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Department Committee - October 28, 2015

 
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Budget Impasse

July 17, 2015


Please view this short 5-minute video from me explaining more about this budget impasse. I absolutely oppose putting more financial burdens on Pennsylvanians.[...Read more]

PA Casino Gaming Industry

June 9, 2015

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee - June 10, 2015

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SB 756 and Tourism in PA

May 29, 2015

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee - June 3, 2015
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Senate Bill 330

May 5, 2015

Senator Ward gave remarks on the Senate floor during Session in support of her legislation SB330 regarding dilapidated properties.
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Nomination Hearing Acting-Secretary Dennis M. Davin DCED

May 1, 2015

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee - May 5, 2015
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House Bill 152

April 15, 2015

During session, Senator Ward speaks in support of House Bill 152, which would amend the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act by extending the filing period for the death benefit from 90 days to 3-years.
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Budget Reaction

March 3, 2015

Senator Ward reacts to the Governor’s budget address.
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Problem Gaming Awareness Month

March 2, 2015

During session, Senator Ward offers a resolution recognizing Problem Gaming Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
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PA Department of Corrections

February 25, 2015

Senator Ward questions Secretary Wetzel of the PA Department of Corrections during the January 22, 2013 Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.
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Senator Ward held first Tele-Town Hall Meeting of 2015

February 10, 2015

Pennsylvania State Senator Kim Ward conducted a Tele-Town Hall meeting on Monday, January 26, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The Tele-Town Hall meeting allowed residents to listen and ask questions as Senator Ward discussed the upcoming legislative session and transition with a new Governor as well as many other issues. Listen[...Read more]

Senate Resolution 408 and House Bill 1550

September 17, 2014

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee - September 23, 2014
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Senate Resolution 408 and House Bill 1550

September 17, 2014

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee - September 23, 2014[...Read more]

Beware Marcellus Shale Extraction Tax

September 17, 2014

Have you heard these quotes lately? "Tax shale and put the money toward education" - "PA is the only state that doesn't have a severance tax".[...Read more]

Ward to Hold Hearing on Recently Released Statewide Gaming Report

May 7, 2014

State Senator Kim Ward (R-39), Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Senate Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee, announced today that the Committee will hold a hearing when the Senate returns to session in June to further discuss the findings in The Current Condition and Future Viability of Casino Gaming Report in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Ward Mandated Reporter Bill Readied for Governor’s Signature; Passes Senate Unanimously

April 9, 2014

State Senator Kim Ward (R-39) applauded the General Assembly today for the unanimous passage of her legislation, Senate Bill 21, which clarifies who is a mandated reporter under the PA Child Protective Services (CPS) law and when and how they are required to report suspected child abuse.[...Read more]

(DCED) Budget (FY 2014-2015) Initiatives

March 27, 2014

Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee Public Hearing - April 8, 2014[...Read more]

Ward Announces Legislation to Help Prevent Overdose Deaths

February 18, 2014

State Senator Kim Ward (R-39) is introducing legislation that would allow non-health care providers to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to prevent deaths caused by opioid or heroin overdoses.[...Read more]

Ward Higher Education Proposal Endorsed in Governor’s Budget Address

February 4, 2014

PA Governor Tom Corbett today announced that he is proposing $25 Million in grants for middle-income students seeking aid at secondary education schools next year.[...Read more]

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Ward Debt Settlement Legislation

December 11, 2013

State Senator Kim Ward (R-39) announced today the Pennsylvania State Senate passed her Debt Settlement Licensing legislation (Senate Bill 622).[...Read more]

Senator Ward Announces $250,000 PA D.C.N.R. Grant for City of Latrobe

December 4, 2013

State Senator Kim Ward (R-39) announced today that the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded the City of Latrobe a $250,000 grant through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) for development of the Lincoln Avenue Trail and Greenway Park in Latrobe and Derry Township.[...Read more]

Senate Passes Ward Bill Shielding Property Owners from Unfair Liens

June 12, 2013

Harrisburg – The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) to protect homeowners from unfair mechanics' liens.[...Read more]

PA Senate Manufacturing Caucus Holds First Meeting

May 13, 2013

Harrisburg – The bipartisan Pennsylvania Senate Manufacturing Caucus, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) and Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-42), held its first meeting today, bringing together manufacturers, legislators and experts to discuss ideas for boosting growth in this vital sector of the economy.[...Read more]

Ward Bill Shielding Property Owners from Unfair Liens Passed by Committee

April 16, 2013

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) to protect homeowners from unfair mechanics' liens was unanimously approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today.[...Read more]

Senators Unveil Bipartisan Package to Overhaul PA Child Protection Laws

March 18, 2013

Harrisburg – A bipartisan group of state senators today unveiled a package of legislation to provide sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.[...Read more]

Senators to Unveil Bipartisan Package to Overhaul PA Child Protection Laws

March 15, 2013

Harrisburg – A bipartisan group of state senators will unveil a package of legislation Monday to provide sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.[...Read more]

PA Senate Aging and Youth Chairperson Sen. Kim Ward Comments on Penn State Special Investigative Report

July 12, 2012

Greensburg, PA – State Senator Kim Ward (R-39th), Chairperson for Pennsylvania Senate's Aging and Youth Committee, responded today to the findings in the Penn State Special Investigative Counsel Report Related to the Gerald Sandusky Child Sexual Abuse Case.[...Read more]

Ward Bill Requiring Verification of Workers for Public Projects Heads for Enactment

June 30, 2012

Harrisburg – The Senate today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) requiring that contractors and subcontractors on publicly funded projects verify that their employees are legally permitted to work in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Ward Bill to Extend Firefighter-Ambulance Grants Approved by Senate

June 13, 2012

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) to extend a program providing assistance to fire companies and ambulance services was unanimously approved by the Senate yesterday.[...Read more]

Committee Approves Ward Bill to Increase Penalties for Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse

June 12, 2012

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), today approved her legislation that would increase penalties for failure to report suspected child abuse or refer it to authorities.[...Read more]

Task Force on Child Protection to Hold Hearing at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

May 29, 2012

Harrisburg – The Task Force on Child Protection will hold its next public hearing at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Thursday, May 31 at 9 a.m.[...Read more]

Ward Proposes Cost-Saving Waiver for School Transportation Mandate

April 20, 2012

Harrisburg – State Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) today announced legislation that would provide school districts with the flexibility to avoid a costly transportation mandate.[...Read more]

Ward Announces Legislation to Shield Property Owners from Unfair Liens

March 20, 2012

Harrisburg – State Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) is introducing legislation to protect consumers in the wake of complaints regarding contractors performing tornado-related home repairs.[...Read more]

Ward Bill Limiting State-Funded Transportation to Methadone Clinics Headed to Governor

December 14, 2011

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) that enacts limits on taxpayer-funded transportation for methadone clients received final legislative approval today and will be sent to the governor for enactment.[...Read more]

Ward's Task Force on Child Protection Approved by Senate

December 13, 2011

Harrisburg – The Senate today approved a measure sponsored by Senate Aging and Youth Committee Chair Kim Ward (R-39) to conduct a sweeping review of Pennsylvania laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse.[...Read more]

Senator Kim Ward Announces Legislation to Broaden Mandated Child Abuse Reporting at Institutions of Higher Learning

November 14, 2011

Greensburg, PA – State Senator Kim Ward (R-39), Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, announced today that she is introducing new legislation to expand the responsibility of mandated reporting of child abuse to institutions of higher learning, as well as increasing the penalties for failure to report child abuse.[...Read more]

Committee Explores Changes to State Definition of Child Abuse

October 4, 2011

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), held a public hearing Tuesday in Pittsburgh to explore possible changes to the state's definition of child abuse and the Commonwealth's Child Protective Services system.[...Read more]

Media Advisory - Senate Committee Sets Pittsburgh Hearing on Determining Child Abuse

October 3, 2011

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), will hold a public hearing Tuesday in Pittsburgh to explore possible changes to the state's definition of child abuse or to the Commonwealth's Child Protective Services system.[...Read more]

Senate Aging and Youth Committee Examines Long Term Care Issues

September 7, 2011

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), held a public hearing Wednesday in Beaver County on long term care in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Senate Aging and Youth Committee to Hold Beaver County Hearing on Long Term Care

September 6, 2011

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Beaver County on long term care in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Ward Hears Testimony on Causes of Elder Abuses

August 30, 2011

North Huntingdon, PA -State Senator Kim Ward (R-39th), Chairperson of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, heard testimony Tuesday on the growing problem of elder abuse in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

PA Senate Aging and Youth Committee Holds Hearing on Child Abuse Legislation

August 26, 2011

Youngwood, PA – The Pennsylvania Senate Aging and Youth Committee today held a hearing to discuss Senate Bill 753 which amends the definition of Child Abuse to include children addicted to a controlled substance at birth, where the mother's use of the substance was unlawful.[...Read more]

MEDIA ADVISORY - Senate Aging and Youth Committee to Hold Hearing on Elder Protective Services

August 26, 2011

(Greensburg, Pa.) State Senator Kim Ward (R-39th) will host a hearing of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee to hear testimony on Elder Protective Services in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

MEDIA ADVISORY - Senate Aging and Youth Committee to Hold Hearing on SB 753

August 24, 2011

(Greensburg, Pa.) State Senator Kim Ward (R-39th) will host a hearing of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee on Senate Bill 753 which proposes changes to the definition of Child Abuse. Sen. Ward is chairman of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee. The Bill is sponsored by State Senator Pat Vance. (R-31).[...Read more]

Ward Calls for Senate Hearings on Impact of Consumers

July 18, 2011

Greensburg, PA – At a news conference held today with Excela Westmoreland Hospital in the background, Pennsylvania State Senator Kim Ward (R-39) outlined her plan calling for Senate hearings on the potential consumer impact resulting from the contractual disputes between two of the region's largest health insurance providers – Highmark BC/BS and UMPC.[...Read more]

Senate Approves Ward Bill Limiting State-Funded Transportation to Methadone Clinics

June 27, 2011

Harrisburg, PA – Today the State Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) that enacts limits on transportation for methadone clients who are part of the Medicaid Transportation program[...Read more]

PA Senate Approves Ward Bill Requiring Verification of Workers for Publicly-Funded Projects

May 24, 2011

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Bill 637 today. The Bill, sponsored by Senator Kim Ward (R-39) is widely known as the E-Verify bill and will require that all contractors, and subcontractors, performing work on a publicly funded project, verify that their employees are legally permitted to work in Pennsylvania by checking their status on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's online E-Verify system.[...Read more]

Ward Legislation Limiting State-Funded Transportation to Methadone Clinics Approved by Committee

May 4, 2011

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) to place commonsense limits on state-funded transportation to methadone clinics was unanimously approved by the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee today.[...Read more]