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‘Paul’s Law’ Gets Unanimous Approval in Senate Committee


My legislation to protect critical health services for individuals with special needs was unanimously approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 108, “Paul’s Law,” would prohibit organ transplant organizations from discriminating against patients on the basis of physical, developmental or mental disability.

The legislation was inspired by Paul Corby of Pottsville. Corby, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, was denied a life-preserving heart transplant by the University of Pennsylvania hospital in 2011.

Right now, there is a set of national standards for transplant candidacy, but some institutions consider other criteria, such as mental, developmental, and physical disabilities. This type of discrimination is inhumane and unacceptable. My legislation will end highly subjective factors from influencing clinical decision-making. It’s one more step toward ensuring equal rights for individuals with special needs.

The legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

FREE Document Shredding Event April 29

Shredding EventI’m hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at my district office, which is located at the Parkwood Shopping Center at 12361 Academy Road.

Individuals may bring up to four boxes of documents that will be safely shredded on site. All shredded paper will be recycled.

This is a great opportunity to protect your identity and safely dispose of materials that contain sensitive and personal information.

For more information, call my office at

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Senator Sabatina offers his Distracted Driving Resolution
Watch Floor Remarks

I have joined my fellow Transportation Committee chairman Sen. John Rafferty to introduce a resolution designating April 2017 as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, which recently received unanimous approval in the Senate.

Distracted driving impacts all of us. As drivers, we have a responsibility to keep our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel at all times; yet, we have all been distracted at one time or another.

Answering a phone call, sending a text, which is illegal in Pennsylvania, setting up the GPS, and even playing music are all actions that take us away from concentrating on the road. These actions may seem harmless, but they can have dangerous and deadly consequences.

In 2015, there were more than 14,000 crashes involving a distracted driver in Pennsylvania.

When we drive distracted, we jeopardize the safety of ourselves, our passengers, other motorists, pedestrians and road maintenance workers. No text, no phone call and no song on the radio is worth endangering lives.

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8016 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 695-1020
Fax: (215) 695-1027
District Office
12361 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 281-2539
Fax: (215) 281-2798
Harrisburg Office
457 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005
Phone: (717) 787-9608
Fax: (717) 772-2162
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