DUBOIS – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) and Rep. Mike Armanini (R-75) are hosting a senior expo on Thursday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the DuBois Mall Community Room located at 5522 Shaffer Road, DuBois.
The event will give residents an opportunity to learn about resources and programs provided by state government, local nonprofits and community groups. It will offer health screenings, educational seminars and prizes.
There is no need to RSVP for this free event. For additional information, please call 814-266-2277 or visit senatorlangerholc.com/.
Meeting to consider SB 140, SB 153, SB 362, SB 561, and SB 562
S.B. 140 Langerholc Requires the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee crimes on SEPTA property.
Amendment No. 346 Clarifies the State Police may provide assistance to the special prosecutor.
S.B. 153 J. Ward and Yaw Permits milk hauling during a declaration of disaster emergency.
S.B. 362 Farry Imposes penalties on a railroad company or government agency that blocks a railroad crossing for an unreasonable period of time.
Amendment No. 320 Vogel Provides a gut-and-replace to impose a fine of $1,000 per day per crossing, updates the criteria for exceptions and dedicates fines to the county where the violation occurred for emergency response services (equipment, training, etc.).
S.B. 561 Langerholc Exempts the newest model year vehicles from the emissions test for five years, and bans a gas cap test when a subject vehicle is not manufactured with a gas cap.
S.B. 562 Langerholc Exempts Blair, Cambria, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and Westmoreland Counties from the vehicle emissions test.
HARRISBURG – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, is holding a public hearing on Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Flair of Country Restaurant (on-site), located at 481 Airport Road in Johnstown (Cambria County).
The hearing will collect testimony on Pennsylvania’s aviation system, including funding, workforce, economic impact, land use, air freight and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Participants will include state officials and aviation experts, including:
Honorable Michael Carroll, PA Department of Transportation,
Meredith Biggica, PA Department of Transportation,
Anthony McCloskey, PA Department of Transportation,
Dr. Larry Nulton, PA Transportation Advisory Committee,
Mark Murawski, PA Transportation Advisory Committee,
Sean Collins, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,
John Duseler, PA Drone Association,
Robert Shaffer, PA Aviation Advisory Committee,
Gabriel Monzo, Aviation Council of PA,
Cory Cree, John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, and
Joseph Rotterdam, Pittsburgh International Airport.
Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, is also holding a press conference on Thursday, April 20, from 1-1:30 p.m. at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.
HARRISBURG – The Senate today adopted a resolution by Sens. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) and Gene Yaw (R-23) regarding the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Senate Resolution 9 urges the president of the United States to restart and expedite the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which had its permit canceled through an executive order on President Joe Biden first day in office.
“This resolution sends a strong message that Pennsylvanians want to restart the Keystone XL pipeline,” Langerholc said. “This resolution, coupled with our calls upon the governor to remove the Commonwealth from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, will position ourselves toward North American energy independence.”
A report from the Department of Energy showcased that the construction of the pipeline would have generated between 16,149-59,468 jobs annually and contribute $3.4 billion to the United States Gross Domestic Product. While President Biden blocked American jobs, he waived sanctions on the Russian firm responsible for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany.
“The Keystone XL pipeline is critical to our national energy infrastructure and creates thousands of jobs,” Yaw said. “Although shortsighted climate rhetoric has left our national security at risk, we can still pivot and limit the impacts of this geopolitical crisis.”
The resolution will now be transmitted to President Biden and members of Congress, including the entire Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.
JOHNSTOWN – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) is hosting a bridge dedication ceremony honoring Sgt. John T. Boxler on Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at Richland High School, 1 Academic Ave., Johnstown.
A 1964 graduate of Richland High School, Sgt. Boxler enlisted in the U.S. Army, completing two tours of duty in Vietnam. He also served as a vehicle mechanic for the U.S. Postal Service, and a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Westmont Fire Department.
Sgt. Boxler served as a member of the 458th Engineer Battalion in Johnstown, which was assigned to the 14th Quartermaster Detachment of the 99th Army Reserve Command as part of Operation Desert Storm.
On Feb. 25, 1991, Sgt. Boxler was killed, along with 27 fellow soldiers, when a Scud missile struck their barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He was 44 years old.
To honor his bravery and sacrifice, the bridge carrying Rt. 3006 over the Stonycreek River in Cambria County will be renamed Sgt. John T. Boxler, U.S. Army Memorial Bridge.
Richland School District is requesting all guests to enter the building via the office doors and present photo identification.
HARRISBURG – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, announced his intentions to conduct a fact-finding public hearing on hazardous materials transported by rail in this Commonwealth.
“The recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, has generated tremendous concern over the transportation of hazardous materials by railroads through our communities,” said Langerholc. “It is vital that this committee address these questions while reviewing the federal and state laws, regulations and policies. The residents of this commonwealth deserve answers.”
On Feb. 3, Norfolk Southern was moving 150 train cars, including 20 cars carrying hazardous materials, that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, near the border of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. On Feb. 6, Norfolk Southern conducted a “controlled burn” of the train cars containing vinyl chloride, which created national attention on the safe transport and management of hazardous materials by rail.
The committee will hold a public hearing on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol, North Office Building, Hearing Room 1 to collect factual information on rail safety. The public is invited to submit questions on the transportation of hazardous materials by railroads at the following website: SenatorLangerholc.com/rail-safety.
Pennsylvania ranks first in the nation with the highest number of operating railroads (65) and fifth in the total track mileage (more than 5,600 miles).