Senator DiSanto to Serve on Key Committees for 2023-24 Session

Harrisburg – State Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (Westmoreland) to serve on five key Senate standing committees for the 2023-24 legislative session.

Senator DiSanto will again serve as Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee, a position he has held since 2021. The committee has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities and the Insurance Department. It is responsible for ensuring financial institutions and insurers comply with fiscally sound practices as well as promoting fair and healthy market competition that best serves Pennsylvania consumers and businesses.

“I am appreciative to Pro Tempore Ward for her confidence, and I am enthusiastic to be leading the Banking and Insurance Committee again,” said DiSanto. “My personal experience running a business and serving on bank boards of directors gives me a unique and informed perspective of these major industries that employ many Pennsylvanians and play vitally important roles in our communities’ economic and health care needs.”

“During my Chairmanship, we accomplished Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive overhaul of health insurance coverage determinations in more than two decades,” DiSanto said. “While many said health insurance prior-authorization was ‘too big’ to solve, I worked to bring industry stakeholders together, and now Act 146 of 2022 will ensure better collaboration between health care providers and insurers so that patients have timely and appropriate access to care. I look forward to building on our successes these next two years and ensuring consumers have good options for their financial services and insurance needs at affordable prices.”

Senator DiSanto has also been appointed Vice Chairman of the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, as well as a member of the Education, the Labor and Industry, and the Transportation Committees. “These committee assignments will give me an influential voice in advancing my legislative priorities to improve Pennsylvania’s business competitiveness and jobs climate so that our kids and grandchildren can have a bright future here. I’m eager to get to work in this new session.”

 

CONTACT: Chuck Erdman cerdman@pasen.gov

 

DiSanto Wants Commonwealth to Pay Its Fair Share of Stormwater Fees

           HARRISBURG—State Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) has introduced legislation to require the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its agencies to pay municipal stormwater assessments just like any other local property owner.

           Because of mandates in the Federal Clean Water Pollution Prevention and Control Act, municipal water and sewer authorities throughout a large part of Pennsylvania have been required to implement expensive stormwater management plans in recent years and pass the resulting costs to local property owners.

           However, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where it has facilities in locations in which municipal authorities are assessing a stormwater management fee, has been refusing to pay its fair share of the burden. Capital Region Water, in DiSanto’s district, informed a senate committee in January of this year that the Commonwealth owes them $387,000 annually in fees assessed on state-owned properties beginning October 2020. The Hampden Sewer Authority in Cumberland County testified they are owed more than $1.2 million since October 2015.

            The Commonwealth argues these stormwater assessments are a local tax against which state agencies are immune and is currently defending this position in court. Regardless of the ruling, Senate Bill 1360 would provide specific authorization for municipal authorities to assess stormwater fees at reasonable and uniform rates against the Commonwealth and its instrumentalities, as well as allow appropriate exemptions or credits for state property with its own Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.

           “I’ve heard from many constituents complaining about municipal stormwater fees, which are the result of federal and state mandates, and it adds insult to injury when the Commonwealth itself won’t pay its fair share,” said DiSanto. “All public and private landowners, including businesses, churches, and even the federal government, are paying these local stormwater fees, with only the Commonwealth refusing to participate. This is hypocritical, and I’m going to fight to change this wrong-headed policy.”

            Senate Bill 1360 has been referred to the Senate Local Government Committee. 

CONTACT: Chuck Erdman 717-787-6801 cerdman@pasen.gov

DiSanto Invites Area Veterans to Appreciation Breakfast in November

Harrisburg – Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) will host his third annual 15th Senatorial District Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. This venue offers free parking and is handicap accessible.

In addition to breakfast, the program will consist of patriotic performances, the presentation of colors, an update on legislation regarding veterans’ benefits and resources, and a special keynote speaker from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Multiple veterans’ organizations and service providers will have display tables and staff at the breakfast, as will the Pennsylvania Treasury, which will be conducting unclaimed property searches for participants.

“With Veterans Day 2022 approaching, I’m honored to be able to show our appreciation for the many area military veterans who have sacrificed on behalf of our country,” Senator DiSanto said. “I look forward to thanking our veterans, providing an entertaining and informative program, and ensuring they understand the benefits and resources available to them.”

All veterans who live in the 15th District are invited, along with one guest. For more information or to register, please contact Senator DiSanto’s New Bloomfield office at 717-582-2454 or Harrisburg office at 717-787-6801, or visit www.SenatorDiSanto.com.

 

CONTACT: Chuck Erdman cerdman@pasen.gov (717) 787-6801