News Releases

State Senate Approves Smucker’s Charter School Reform Measure

July 1, 2014

Hopes for much-needed reforms to the state charter school law grew brighter with Senate passage of a bill championed by state Senator Lloyd Smucker.[...Read more]

Senator Smucker Votes for Tight Spending, No Tax Increase State Budget

June 30, 2014

State Senator Lloyd Smucker said he voted for a functional, fiscally tight state budget that avoids a crisis while keeping the door open for reform.[...Read more]

Smucker Introduces Bill to Study Alternative Charter School Authorizers

June 26, 2014

Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) is introducing a resolution directing the Legislative Budget & Finance Committee, a highly regarded analytical agency, to study the issue of alternative authorizers and produce a report by the end of November.[...Read more]

Bill to Expand Open Records Law for State-Related Universities Approved by Senate State Government Committee

June 18, 2014

Legislation to dramatically expand how Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law applies to the four state-related universities – Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University – was unanimously approved today by the Senate State Government Committee.[...Read more]

Senate Bills 369, 1240 and House Bill 1989

June 9, 2014

Senate State Government Committee - June 10, 2014[...Read more]

Senate Bills 324 and 602 and House Bills 1234 and 1602

June 2, 2014

Senate State Government Committee - June 3, 2014[...Read more]

Senate State Government Committee to Consider Proposals to Reduce Size of Legislature

May 29, 2014

While recent attention has been focused on the growing possibility of a broad gift ban being enacted, another long-argued reform measure is gaining new legislative life.[...Read more]

State Senate State Government Chairs Call for Mutchler Re-Appointment

May 6, 2014

Senate State Government Committee Chairs Senators Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) and Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) today sent a joint letter to Governor Tom Corbett urging him to re-appoint Terry Mutchler to a second six-year term as executive director of the Office of Open Records.[...Read more]

Senate Bill 1070

May 5, 2014


Senate State Government Committee - May 7, 2014
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Senate Bills 1001 and 1253 and House Bills 1271, 1672, 1873, 1945

May 1, 2014

Senate State Government Committee Meeting - May 6, 2014[...Read more]

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES GORDNER RESOLUTION DESIGNATING NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN PENNSYLVANIA

April 28, 2014

The Senate of Pennsylvania today unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) that recognizes May1 as the “National Day of Prayer” in Pennsylvania, encouraging the celebration of religious freedom.[...Read more]

Senate State Government Committee Studies Gift Ban Proposals

April 28, 2014

The Senate State Government Committee examined proposals today that would prohibit legislators from receiving non-cash gifts from those seeking to influence the legislative process.[...Read more]

Senate State Government Committee to Air Gift Ban Proposals

April 28, 2014

Looking to build on recent Senate approval of a rule and a bill banning cash gifts, the Senate State Government Committee is holding a public hearing on a broader gift ban that would encompass hospitality and entertainment.[...Read more]

Public Hearing on Gift Ban Legislation

April 24, 2014

Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing - April 28, 2014
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Cash Gift Ban Approved by Senate

April 9, 2014

Legislation that would ban cash gifts to legislators and public officials was unanimously approved by the Senate today.[...Read more]

Senate Panel Approves Cash Gift Ban

April 7, 2014

The Senate State Government Committee approved legislation today that would ban cash gifts to legislators and public officials, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13).[...Read more]

Senate Bill 1327

April 7, 2014

Senate State Government Committee Meeting - April 7, 2014[...Read more]

Senators Baker & Smucker to Introduce Cash Gift Ban

March 24, 2014

Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) today announced plans to introduce legislation to impose an absolute ban on legislators accepting cash gifts from lobbyists, principals, consultants and others who seek to influence the legislative process.[...Read more]

Smucker to Host Community Expo in City of Lancaster

March 19, 2014

Senator Lloyd Smucker has held regular town hall meetings throughout his district during his more than five years in the state Senate. Now he will host a “Community Expo” in the city of Lancaster on Thursday evening.[...Read more]

Find middle ground to fix gaps in charter school law (Lancaster Online)

February 23, 2014

A news article referencing Senator Smucker[...Read more]

Confirmation Hearing for Rudy Battle, State Athletic Commission

January 24, 2014

Senate State Government Committee Confirmation Hearing for Rudy Battle - January 28, 2014[...Read more]

Lancaster Awarded Spot in Smucker CRIZ Program

December 30, 2013

State Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) joined local elected officials and business leaders at Southern Market Center Monday to praise the decision by the Department of Community and Economic Development to award one of its first designations in the CRIZ program to the City of Lancaster.[...Read more]

Smucker Bill Protecting School Students Signed Into Law

December 18, 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed into law legislation sponsored by state Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) that will protect children from inappropriate teacher contact.[...Read more]

Smucker’s Educator Discipline Reform Bill Sent to Governor

December 11, 2013

A bill introduced by state Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) strengthening and modernizing the Professional Educator Discipline Act was sent to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday to be signed into law.[...Read more]

Senate Bills 833, 885, 1096, 1191, House Bill 1247 and Senate Resolution 207

December 2, 2013

Senate State Government Committee - December 3, 2013[...Read more]

Lawmakers help serve meals at Water Street mission (LancasterOnline.com)

November 28, 2013

A news article that references Senator Smucker.[...Read more]

Transportation Funding Plan Addresses Local Infrastructure Needs

November 22, 2013

Following a bipartisan vote in the Senate in favor of a $2.3 billion proposal to improve Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure, Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) noted the positive effect the plan would have on local communities in terms of economic activity and public safety.[...Read more]

Smucker's Charter School Reform Bill Moves to Senate Floor

November 21, 2013

A bill to reform how charter schools in Pennsylvania operate and are established passed the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday evening, clearing the way for consideration by the full Senate.[...Read more]

State Senate Passes $2.3 billion road plan (Lancaster online.com)

November 20, 2013

A news article that references Senator Smucker.[...Read more]

Charter school reform bill now positioned for Pa. Senate vote (PennLive.com)

November 19, 2013

A news article that references Senator Smucker.[...Read more]

Civic leader Nelson Polite celebrates his 90th birthday (LancasterOnline.com)

November 4, 2013

A news article that references Senator Smucker.[...Read more]

Senate State Government Committee Hearing Explores Open Records Law Improvements

October 21, 2013

The Senate State Government Committee reviewed how the state’s Open Records Law applies to state-related universities and inmates during a public hearing today, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13).[...Read more]

Right to Know Legislation

October 18, 2013

Senate State Government Committee - October 21, 2013[...Read more]

Smucker's Charter School Reform Bill Earns Key Vote

October 16, 2013

A bill providing substantial reforms to the Commonwealth’s charter school law took a major step forward Wednesday when the Senate Education Committee voted 9-2 to send it to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.[...Read more]

Smucker, Voting Rights Advocates Support Online Registration

October 1, 2013

During a news conference at the state Capitol Building today, Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) and several statewide advocacy groups pushed for the modernization of Pennsylvania’s election laws.[...Read more]

Senate State Government Committee Schedules Second Hearing to Examine Open Records Law

September 20, 2013

The Senate State Government Committee will continue its review of proposed changes to the state’s Right-To-Know Law during a hearing on October 21, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13).[...Read more]

Smucker Seeks Responsible Reform of Charter School Law

August 20, 2013

Pennsylvania must update the charter school law to remove impediments to establishing the schools and to ensure sufficient accountability measures are in place once the schools are operating, Senator Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) said Tuesday after introducing Senate Bill 1085.[...Read more]

Smucker unveils CRIZ plan for Lancaster City

July 10, 2013

LANCASTER, PA – Local elected officials, business leaders and community organizers joined state Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) at a press conference Wednesday morning as he detailed key parts of the City of Lancaster’s proposal for the CRIZ program.[...Read more]

Smucker bill could help revitalize Lancaster, other Pa Cities (LancasterOnline.com)

July 7, 2013

A news article that references Senator Lloyd Smucker.[...Read more]

Bethlehem to get shot at NIZ-like tax financing zone (Allentown Morning Call)

July 4, 2013

A news article that references Senator Lloyd Smucker.[...Read more]

County legislators analyze state budget inaction (LancasterOnline.com)

July 4, 2013

A news article that references Senator Lloyd Smucker.[...Read more]

Bethlehem may get shot at NIZ-like tax zone (Allentown Morning Call)

July 2, 2013

A news article that references Senator Lloyd Smucker.[...Read more]