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Senator Vogel Issues Statement on Governor’s Budget Proposal

February 7, 2017

“It is encouraging to hear a budget address that does not include calls for massive increases in broad-based tax increases.
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Chesapeake Bay Strategies

October 14, 2016

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Senate environmental Resources & Energy Committee - October 18, 2016
 
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"A Commonwealth Crisis" Telephone Town Hall

September 30, 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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Legislators, Health Advocates Push for Telemedicine Initiatives

June 15, 2016

Senators Tom Killion (R-9) and Elder Vogel Jr. (R-47) today joined legislators and health care advocates at a Harrisburg news conference to outline initiatives aimed at promoting telemedicine in Pennsylvania.
 
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Media Advisory - Committee to Hold Hearing on Fireworks Bill

February 5, 2016

The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 10, to gather testimony on a bill that would permit the sale of fireworks to Pennsylvania residents, according to Committee Chairman Senator Elder Vogel (R-47).
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Senate Bill 1055

February 5, 2016

Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee - February 10, 2016
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Committee Approves Vogel Bill Reducing General Assembly Size

January 20, 2016

The Senate State Government Committee today (January 20) approved legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
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Bill Increasing Support for Housing Program Signed Into Law by Governor

November 5, 2015

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Governor Wolf signed into law Wednesday (November 4) a House Bill increasing state support for a program that will promote housing affordability and rehabilitation efforts in communities across the Commonwealth, according to Senator Elder Vogel, prime sponsor of the Senate version of the measure.[...Read more]

Senate Sends Bill to Increase Support for Housing Program to Governor

October 20, 2015

The Senate today gave final approval to a House Bill that would increase state support for a program that promotes housing affordability and rehabilitation in communities across the Commonwealth, according to Senator Elder Vogel, prime sponsor of the Senate version of the measure.
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Local Housing Improvements Receive Boost from Shale Impact Fee

October 9, 2015

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) recently awarded $90,000 in grants for housing improvement efforts in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, according to Senator Elder Vogel.

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Budget Impasse

September 17, 2015


Senator Vogel discusses the budget impasse and Senate Republicans’ efforts to pass a stopgap funding measure.[...Read more]

Senate Approves Bill to Increase Support for Housing Program

June 30, 2015

The Senate today (June 30) approved legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel that would increase state support for a program that promotes housing affordability and rehabilitation in communities across the Commonwealth.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Legalize Sale of Consumer Fireworks in Pennsylvania

June 26, 2015

Legislation legalizing the sale of fireworks in Pennsylvania will soon be introduced in the state Senate, according to sponsors Sens. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), Don White (R-Indiana) and Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).
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Senate Approves Horse Racing Industry Bill

June 22, 2015

The Senate today (June 22) approved legislation that makes substantial regulatory changes necessary to protect and bolster Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, according to Senator Elder Vogel, prime sponsor of the bill.

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Industrial Hemp (SB 50 and HB 967)

May 7, 2015

JOINT HEARING - Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee AND House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee - May 13, 2015
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To consider the nomination of Russell Redding as Secretary of Agriculture

May 7, 2015

Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee - May 12, 2015
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PA Housing Alliance to observe “Home Matters Day”

May 6, 2015

Senator Vogel participates in a news conference and rally with the PA Housing Alliance to observe “Home Matters Day”.
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Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

April 1, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting State Adjutant General James Joseph about delays in processing Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption program applications and lauded the Veterans Court in Beaver County and the Department’s mobile veterans outreach effort.
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DCNR Budget Hearing

April 1, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn about timber sales in Pennsylvania and amenities in state parks.
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PEMA Budget Hearing

April 1, 2015

Senator Vogel asked PEMA Director Richard Flinn and Fire Commissioner Timothy Solobay about preparations for emergencies in Marcellus Shale drilling areas and the inability of some county 911 centers to handle text messages.
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Department of Agriculture Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015

As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, Senator Vogel discussed a number of topics with Acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding including: inequity in tax breaks for farmland, particularly in light of the array of tax increases proposed by Governor Wolf; support for the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania; a proposed “Green Agriculture” initiative; and, funding for Penn State’s agriculture programs and the University of Pennsylvania’s vet school.
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Department of Transportation Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards about CNG filling stations, the Green Light Go Program and the use of roundabouts.
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Department of Revenue Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015

Senator Vogel questioned Revenue Department officials about over-optimistic projections for the Governor’s proposed severance tax and the negative impact that a cap on local funding would have on Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties where drilling operations are expected to increase in the coming years.
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Department of Labor and Industry Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015

Senator Elder Vogel asked Acting Secretary of Labor & Industry Kathy Manderino about efforts to stop prison inmates from receiving unemployment compensation and updates to the state uniform construction code.
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Department of Education Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015

Senator Vogel discussed public-private partnerships and state support for career and technical programs in Pennsylvania’s schools with Acting Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.
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DCED Budget Hearing

March 26, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting DCED Secretary Dennis Davin Keystone about state funding for home accessibility, reductions in support for tourism promotion, and the impact of the film industry in Pennsylvania.
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Department of Human Services Budget Hearing

March 26, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas about accountability measures for county block grants, the impact of Governor Wolf’s proposed sales tax expansion on home care services, and the heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania.
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Department of Corrections Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Corrections Secretary John Wetzel about education and training programs and capacity issues in state correctional institutions.
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PA Liquor Control Board Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Vogel asked representatives from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for an update on Tavern Gaming Licenses and if the PLCB has adopted a gift ban.
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Department of Corrections Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Corrections Secretary John Wetzel about education and training programs and capacity issues in state correctional institutions.
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Department of Environmental Protection Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley for an update on the permit application submitted by FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County and to state the Wolf Administration’s position on coal-fired power plants.
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State-Related Universities Budget Hearing

March 24, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Penn State President Eric Barron about funding for agriculture research programs at his university.
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Department of Aging Budget Hearing

March 24, 2015

Senator Vogel quizzed Acting Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne on the impact of the closure of more than 100 senior centers across the state.
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Department of Health Budget Hearing

March 23, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy about naloxone distribution strategies as well as the Governor’s proposed health study for communities near unconventional wells.
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State System of Higher Education Budget Hearing

March 19, 2015

Senator Vogel asked State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan whether the system’s colleges are preparing students to work in the natural gas industry.
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Drug and Alcohol Budget Hearing

March 18, 2015

Senator Vogel questioned Secretary of Drug & Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis about efforts to prevent heroin overdose deaths.
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State Police/Homeland Security Budget Hearing

March 18, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown about the new Ford Interceptor vehicles, the potential for radar use by local municipalities, and State Police duties in casinos.
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Auditor General Budget Hearing

March 17, 2015

Senator Elder Vogel asked Auditor General Eugene DePasquale about the frequency of state audits for public school districts and charter schools and the problems found during those audits.
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Treasury Department Budget Hearing

March 17, 2015

Senator Vogel asked Deputy State Treasurer Christopher Craig about the procedures used by state’s unclaimed property program and the costs incurred to find claimants. He also asked about tax anticipation notes and the Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program.
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Attorney General Budget Hearing

March 17, 2015

Senator Vogel questioned Attorney General Kathleen Kane about the state’s actions to combat illegal drugs and her refusal to defend a state law that protects the rights of gun owners against local ordinances.
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Budget Hearing

March 16, 2015

Senator Vogel questions Budget Secretary Randy Albright about the impact of Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax on the growing gas industry and on communities in western Pennsylvania.
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Independent Fiscal Office Budget Hearing

March 16, 2015

Senator Vogel questions Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel about the revenues raised by the Governor’s proposed severance tax.
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General Services Budget Hearing

March 16, 2015

During a budget hearing with the Department of General Services, Senator Vogel asked Secretary Curt Topper about the potential allocation of money raised by the sale of surplus state-owned farmland to support the Department of Agriculture.
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Farm Bureau Day

March 3, 2015

During session, Senator Vogel offers a resolution recognizing Farm Bureau Day in Pennsylvania.
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Senator Vogel Issues Statement on 2015-16 Budget Proposal

March 3, 2015

Senator Elder Vogel issued the following statement in response to the Fiscal Year 2015-16 state budget proposed by Governor Wolf during a joint session of the General Assembly today:
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AG Committee Approves Horse Racing Industry Bill

February 24, 2015

The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee today (February 24) approved legislation that makes substantial regulatory changes necessary to protect and bolster Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, according to Senator Elder Vogel, committee chairman and prime sponsor of the bill.[...Read more]

Governor signs Vogel bill expanding job opportunities for veterans

November 4, 2013

Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 277, legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel that will expand job opportunities for Pennsylvania’s service members, into law on Friday (November 1).[...Read more]