Transportation

Transportation Network Companies – Became the first member of the General Assembly to introduce, champion and support legislation to legalize and regulate transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania.

Highly Automated Vehicle Testing – Co-authored legislation with Senate colleagues from the City of Pittsburgh and Transportation Committee Chairmen to allow for the testing of autonomous vehicles on Pennsylvania’s transportation system.

Ridesharing – Supported law that removed commuter carpooling and vanpooling from being considered as public utilities and ended overly stringent regulation. By making this change, it made it easier for businesses to offer ridesharing, save money for motorists/passengers and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Banning Watching TV While Driving – Voted in favor of law that bans motorists from watching live television or pre-recorded videos while driving.

Ignition Interlock Systems – Supported enactment of legislation that made first-time DUI offenders eligible to immediately install ignition interlock systems in their vehicles. Individuals who have committed previous DUI violations or have refused chemical testing may also apply for an ignition interlock limited license if they have served at least half of their driver’s license suspension. First-time offenders will be eligible to apply for the limited license immediately. Adoption of this system was implemented to give consideration to both employees and their employers who may be affected by license suspension.

Transit Revitalization Investment District – Supported law that encourages the creation of transportation hubs.

Protecting Highway Workers – Voted in favor of law aimed at protecting highway workers and emergency responders in construction zones by increasing fines and penalties under the state Vehicle Code for drivers who cause bodily harm or death.

Waiving Tolls for Vehicles Accompanying Fallen Heroes – Supported legislation in the Senate that would require the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to waive tolls for vehicles accompanying a fallen firefighter, ambulance service or rescue squad member, law enforcement officer or armed service member killed in the line of duty.

Rear-Facing Car Seats for Child Passengers – Supported enactment of law that now requires children under the age of two years old to be placed in a rear-facing car seat.

Strengthening Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” Law – Supported law enhancing penalties for repeat offenders of the Steer Clear Law, which requires drivers to slow down and move into a lane not adjacent to an emergency response area.