2010 State Legislative Preview: Pennsylvania

The Keystone State continues to address passage of its Treatment Standards bill. The State House passed its version of the measure 197-0. The bill remains mired in the Senate where the state Republicans hold sway. 2010 looks to focus on moving the measure further on down the legislative path towards Governor Rendell’s desk. Rendell has been seen by local community members as a champion, and should a bill pass the Senate it would likely be signed into law. Meanwhile, three months into the fiscal year, no state budget is in place. Senate Republicans forwarded a bill without any funding for the state’s hemophilia programs. Democrats forwarded a bill that plans to fund existing programs at levels similar to those of past years.