updated January 2022
2022 is going to be a busy political year here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This year the state will elect a new governor and a multitude of other positions both at the state and federal level. With such a busy year ahead, it is vital that our members stay informed. Below is an update regarding some of the PSA’s legislative priorities as well as some background information on some of the races happening here in Pennsylvania this year.
House Bill 1956 sponsored by Rep. Lynda Culver would create a license for Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants to practice here in Pennsylvania. This legislation is supported by the Pennsylvania Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (PAAA). The PSA has also partnered with the PAAA to advocate on behalf of this legislation.
The PSA is continuing to monitor House Bill 681. This legislation is sponsored by Rep. Torren Ecker and seeks to make covenants not to compete between employers and health care practitioners unenforceable. HB 681 was reported from the House Appropriations Committee on May 26, 2021 and is currently on the House Floor awaiting a final vote.
As the PSA continues to monitor and advocate on behalf of your profession and patients, we would like to remind you that we cannot do this alone! We need your help. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in learning more about the PSA’s legislative agenda or volunteering to meet with your legislators, please email Tyler@millirongoodman.com.
All political eyes are firmly affixed to what will happen in Pennsylvania over the course of the next year. This focus on Pennsylvania comes largely from the importance of the 2022 primary and general elections and the question of who will replace Governor Tom Wolf.
Currently, Governor Wolf is in his final year as Governor of Pennsylvania. Gov. Wolf won his second term as governor in 2018 after defeating then-Republican challenger Scott Wagner. While the 2022 gubernatorial primary is not until May 17, the candidate field is filling quickly.
The Republican side of the race is filling up quickly with potential candidates, including Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, Senator Scott Martin, Senator Doug Mastriano and more. On the Democratic side, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the only candidate at this time.
Outside of the gubernatorial race, Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is gearing up for a very busy election season. In 2022, all 203 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be up for election or reelection. In the Pennsylvania State Senate, 24 of 50 Senators are up for election or reelection this coming year. The PSA is actively engaged and monitoring these races, and as more information develops, we will be sure to keep you up-to-date.
As you can see the upcoming year will be an incredibly busy one for politics and elections. It is now more important than ever to become politically active and engage with your local legislators. If you are already engaged, now is the time to reengage and revisit your local legislators and educate them about the issues that are important to you.
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