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Pennsylvania State Senator District 44

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA Senate consists of 50 members, representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Senators must be at least 25 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The Senate develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the House of Representatives). In addition, the Senate tries officials impeached by the House and authorizes executive appointments. Senators serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. There are no term limits to this office.Term: 4 yearsSalary: $95,432Vote for ONE.

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    Katie Muth

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    Jessica Florio

Biographical Information

What issue(s) would you prioritize, and how would you work with others in government to get legislation passed and signed into law?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws?

Article 1, Section 27 of the PA constitution guarantees the rights to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment. What actions would you take to protect these rights?

There are several pieces of gun legislation being considered on comprehensive background checks, red flag laws, and firearm safety training. What is your position on these measures?

County Montgomery
Occupation State Senator
Education M.S. Athletic Training
Qualifications Former Healthcare Provider and Adjunct Professor; State Senator (2018-Present)
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As your State Senator, I have been fighting for fairness, economic security, and a level playing field for everyone living in our Commonwealth. Our state government needs real, meaningful reform that ensures transparency, and accountability. I will: Continue to stand up to corporate polluters and defend our constitutional right to clean air, water, and land. Advance & protect the interest of our veterans, seniors, & hardworking Pennsylvanians by fighting for guaranteed quality healthcare, mental health services, & affordable housing. Prioritize the investment in our children by fighting for fair funding for our public schools, so that every child has an opportunity to grow and succeed, without relying on a rigged property tax system.
Despite the welcome addition of mail-in voting, the volume of participation has led to many counties to become overwhelmed, due to the inability to pre-canvass mail-in ballots. A majority of Pennsylvanians agree that allowing counties to pre-process these ballots would lead to less uncertainty in the hours and days following the closure of the polls. I am also an advocate for automatic voter registration to become the standard in Pennsylvania, since access to the ballot box is already a constitutional right. An eligible voter 18 or older who applies for a driver’s license or state ID card through the DMV, should automatically be registered to vote, which cuts down on the need to complete an additional form.
We cannot compromise people’s health and wellbeing any longer in Pennsylvania for the sake of greedy corporations. In my district, Sunoco/ET dumped 8,000 gallons of hazardous waste & drilling fluid into a lake used both for recreation & as a drinking water supply. I am the prime sponsor of SB872, which would put PA on track to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050. Further, I have introduced Senate Bills 644/645 would repeal language exempting the oil and gas industry from complying with the provisions of the Solid Waste Management Act and include drilling waste in the SWMA’s definition of “hazardous waste.” Senate Bill 646 would close the Leachate Loophole which allows unregulated, untreated industrial waste to end up in drinking water.
I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and my father is a responsible gun owner. I am a strong advocate for common sense, gun safety measures to keep our community safe and secure from violence. The reality is that we have some of the weakest gun laws in the world and it's just common sense to require background checks for all gun purchases and red flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. I introduced SB855, which would require first time firearm owners to receive training in areas of safe handling and storage of firearms, suicide awareness, child access awareness, domestic violence awareness, road rage awareness, prevention, and safe interaction with law enforcement while carrying a firearm.
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