June 26, 2019: Current Pennsylvania law allows boys and girls as young as 15 to be married with parental consent. Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Sabatina is moving through the state Senate that would change that.
June 10, 2019: Lawmakers and activists gathered in Harrisburg to call for passage of Senator Sabatina’s bill, “Karen’s Law,” that would limit the number of times a sexually violent predator can file for parole.
January 29, 2019: Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Sabatina is moving forward in the legislature to amend the state Constitution to make sure victims have the same rights as the accused in a court of law.
September 26, 2018: Senator Sabatina has introduced legislation that would end the practice of child marriages in Pennsylvania.
June 25, 2018: Senator Sabatina has introduced new legislation that would extend the parole waiting period for inmates listed as Sexually Violent Predators.
April 13, 2018: Senator Sabatina’s resolution designating April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month passed unanimously in the state Senate. He says the state is trying to make sure that all who are on the autism spectrum get the help they need.
January 31, 2018: Legislation named “Marsy’s Law” has been introduced in the state Senate. Senator Sabatina says the bill would make sure victims have the same rights and due process as the accused in a court of law.
November 15, 2017: Senator Sabatina reminds Pennsylvanians that they can still sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act website (Healthcare.gov) — or modify an existing policy — but the time to do so is limited.
October 16, 2017: Senator Sabatina’s legislation that would make it easier for those with mental or physical disabilities to get life-saving transplants has stalled in the House of Representatives. The Senator joined with fellow Senators and advocates to urge the House to pass the bill and get it to the Governor’s desk.
January 8, 2017: There are thousands of African-American citizens from Pennsylvania who have made a difference, large and small, both here in the Commonwealth and in the United States. Senator Sabatina recognizes their accomplishments during Black History Month.
December 22, 2016: Senator Sabatina was among the state and local officials who joined Gov. Tom Wolf along the Delaware River to unveil $300 million in investments in the Port of Philadelphia, which will result in an estimated 7,000 additional jobs. This initiative, called the Capital Investment Program, ranks as one of the largest by a state on the East Coast. It will boost three of the busiest sectors of the port, including the Tioga Marine Terminal in Port Richmond.
December 1, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Sabatina suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Sabatina says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
November 1, 2016: November is American Made Month in Pennsylvania. Here’s Senator Sabatina offering a Resolution making that declaration on the floor of the state Senate:
September 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this November’s Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Sabatina reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
July 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Lyme disease has been found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Senator Sabatina has some simple tips to help everyone avoid Lyme disease this summer, as well as the West Nile and Zika viruses carried by mosquitoes.
May 10, 2016: The state Senate has unanimously passed bills sponsored by Senator Sabatina aimed at bolstering Pennsylvania’s child-protection statutes and targeting the perpetrators of violent home-invasion robberies:
Senate Bill 1156 clarifies changes that were made to Pennsylvania law in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case, to ensure that health-care workers and clergy who have contact with children are subject to background checks.
Senate Bill 1062, co-sponsored by Senator Sabatina and Senator John Rafferty, creates a distinction for home invasion – a robbery committed with the intent to inflict bodily harm – and expands the maximum penalty for home invasions, giving judges the option of sentencing perpetrators to up to 40 years in prison.
April 22, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution designating the week of April 25th through the 29th as “Every Kid Healthy Week” in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Sabatina, who says his resolution is intended to raise awareness about the importance of kids practicing healthy behaviors.
April 6, 2016: Senator Sabatina’s Senate Resolution has declared April as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. The Senator says state law requires insurance coverage for autism treatment, and there’s a website listing the services offered to help those with autism.
April 6, 2016: April is SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. Senator Sabatina says there’s a statewide campaign, “It’s On Us, Pennsylvania,” designed to call attention to and stop sexual assault, especially on college campuses.
March 31, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the month of April as “Autism Awareness Month” and Saturday April 2nd as “World Autism Day” in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Sabatina who says his resolution is intended to raise awareness for persons on the Autism spectrum.
March 17, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Sabatina says one of the best ways for people to help their communities is to volunteer as a firefighter or emergency responder.
February 10, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Time for parents and students to begin the process of applying for college loans and grants. Senator Sabatina says Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency can help.
February 9, 2016: Senator Sabatina gives his reaction to Gov. Wolf’s state budget address which focuses on increased funding for education and reducing the state’s projected $2 billion deficit. Here’s more with Senator Sabatina who agrees with the governor that the current financial crisis threatens Pennsylvania’s future.
February 9, 2016: Senator Sabatina held a Telephone Town Hall Meeting last night in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of topics including waterfront development in Northeast Philadelphia, senior citizen problems, and police and law enforcement issues as well as listen to a discussion on matters that are important to Philadelphia and the Commonwealth. You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.
January 8, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Sabatina says Pennsylvanians who need health insurance have a new affordable option: the Health Choices program.
December 3, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Sabatina suggests making a donation to your local food bank as a way to make the holidays happy for everyone.
June 9, 2015: John Sabatina Junior is sworn in as Senator for Pennsylvania’s Fifth Senatorial District; he talks about his priorities in his new office.