Press Releases

Sabatina’s ‘Paul’s Law’ Passes Senate Unanimously

HARRISBURG, May 22, 2017 – State Sen. John Sabatina’s legislation to protect critical health services for individuals with special needs was unanimously approved in the Pennsylvania Senate today. Senate Bill 108, “Paul’s Law,” would prohibit organ transplant...

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Sabatina to Host Free Document Shredding Event April 29

PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2017 — State Sen. John Sabatina is hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the senator’s district office in the Parkwood Shopping Center at 12361 Academy Road. Individuals are welcome to bring up to...

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Sabatina Praises Record Investment in Philly Ports

PHILADELPHIA, November 22, 2016 – State Sen. John Sabatina today praised the announcement of more than $300 million in investments in the Port of Philadelphia that will result in an estimated 7,000 additional jobs. “The Delaware River has played a critical role in the...

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Sabatina Home Invasion Bill Signed into Law

HARRISBURG, November 4, 2016 – Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law today a bill that will help prevent home-invasion burglaries, one of state Sen. John Sabatina’s long-time priorities. “I’m elated that we were able to get this through in the last hours of the legislative...

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Sabatina Announces $1M Boost for Tacony Library Project

HARRISBURG, November 2, 2016 – An effort to expand and renovate the century-old Tacony Library will receive a $1 million boost, state Sen. John Sabatina announced today. “Even in the Internet age, the Tacony Library is a vital community learning resource and a source...

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Sabatina Home Invasion Bill Heads to Governor

HARRISBURG, October 26, 2016 – Six months after a horrific incident in Northeast Philadelphia, a bill co-sponsored by state Sen. John Sabatina that is intended to crack down on home-invasion burglaries, is heading to the governor’s desk. “I’m relieved that the House...

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Sabatina Praises Committee Passage of EMS Benefits Bill

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27, 2016 – State Sen.  John Sabatina today praised passage in a Senate committee of a bill intended to close a loophole in the disability benefits law that covers first responders, providing benefits to hundreds of Philadelphia EMS workers. The...

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Sabatina Fosters Meeting with Education, Industry Leaders

HARRISBURG, Sept. 16, 2016 – After months of behind-the-scenes work, state Sen. John Sabatina this week brought together officials of biopharmaceutical leader AstraZeneca and the Community College of Philadelphia to discuss ways to better prepare students for 21st...

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Sabatina Announces Grants for Recreational Projects

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – Two key Northeast Philadelphia recreational projects will receive more than $200,000 in state grants, state Sen. John Sabatina announced today. “These two projects are key to preserving the balance between economic development and...

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Sabatina Urges Residents to Look Into Tax Relief Program

HARRISBURG, June 9, 2016 – State Sen. John Sabatina today praised the extension of the deadline for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program, and urged residents to double-check their eligibility. “Although this program can significantly ease the financial...

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Senate Passes Sabatina Child Protection Bill

HARRISBURG, May 10, 2016 – The state Senate today unanimously passed a bill by state Sen. John Sabatina that is aimed at bolstering Pennsylvania’s child-protection statutes. Senate Bill 1156 clarifies changes that were made to Pennsylvania law in the wake of the Jerry...

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Home Invasion Bill Passes the Senate

HARRISBURG, May 10, 2016 – The state Senate today unanimously passed Sen. John Rafferty and Sen. John Sabatina’s bill targeting the perpetrators of violent home-invasion robberies. Senate Bill 1062, jointly authored by Sabatina, a Philadelphia Democrat, and Sen. John...

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Safe Streets Law Enforcement Grant Program Detailed

Harrisburg - April 21, 2016 - Senate Democrats representing large and small cities across Pennsylvania stepped forward today to propose an aggressive crime prevention plan that would provide $3.2 million in grants for local police departments. The Safe Streets Law...

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Sabatina’s Home Protection Bill Clears Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, April 11, 2016 – A key Senate committee has approved a bipartisan bill intended to protect residents from violent home burglaries. The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved Senate Bill 1062, authored by state Sens. John Sabatina, a Philadelphia...

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The Need to Stop the Boycott Israel Movement

Op-Ed by state Sen. John Sabatina Jr. The frightening specter of death and destruction that struck Brussels last week is a stark reminder of our need to be not only vigilant, but also pro-active in developing the necessary intelligence to prevent similar terrorist...

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Sabatina: GOP Runs out the Clock on Responsibility

HARRISBURG, March 24, 2016 – Sen. John Sabatina today said Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to relent on a Republican state budget plan means that state GOP leaders have successfully “run out the clock on responsibility.” Sabatina, who has not accepted a paycheck since the...

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Senate Supports United Ireland Effort

HARRISBURG, March 17, 2016 – Sen. John Sabatina today urged all of the governments involved in the Irish peace process to move forward in creating a united   Ireland under one sovereign government. “The people of Ireland have too long been denied their desire to unite...

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Bi-Partisan Bill Reinforces Background Check Requirements

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24, 2016 – State Sens. Randy Vulakovich and John Sabatina are drafting legislation that will clarify and reinforce background check requirements for hospital personnel and doctors. Questions about who is statutorily required to comply with the...

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Advisory: Sabatina, PHEAA Financial Aid Education Night

State Sen. John Sabatina, along with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), is hosting a PHEAA Financial Aid Education Night for parents and students who want to know more about financing a college education. PHEAA representatives will explain to...

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Sabatina Calls Budget Picture ‘Stark and Sobering’

HARRISBURG, February 9, 2016 – State Sen. John Sabatina today released the following statement on Gov. Wolf’s budget address for the upcoming fiscal year: “The budget outlined by Gov. Wolf today is a stark and sobering reminder of where we stand after years of...

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Sabatina Bill Directs Unclaimed Lottery Prizes to Schools

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8, 2016 – State Sen. John Sabatina said today he will introduce legislation that would direct half of unclaimed lottery prizes in Pennsylvania toward struggling public schools. “We have unacceptable and even dangerous conditions in many of our public...

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Sabatina Lauds Historic Designation for Tacony

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3, 2016 – State Sen. John Sabatina today praised the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for approving the nomination of the Tacony-Disston Community Development District to the National Register of Historic Places. “Northeast Philadelphia...

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