In this Update:
Introducing Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin
I had the honor to introduce my constituent Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin and Dr. Patrick Kraft, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Pennsylvania State University. Coach Franklin brought the Rose Bowl Trophy to the Capitol and was joined in Harrisburg by the new Penn State Basketball Coach Mike Rhoades!
Upcoming Events in Senate District 35
Students and Parents:
I will be hosting a Kickoff to Summer Event on May 15 at the Greater Johnstown High School Gymnasium from 5-8 p.m.
Clearfield County Residents:
On May 17th, I will be hosting a License Plate Replacement Event at the Clearfield County Fair Grounds from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
Attention Clearfield County Seniors:
Stop by the DuBois Mall on May 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a Senior Expo. This event is FREE to attend and will give you an opportunity to meet with local and state organizations who can provide valuable resources for older adults, caregivers and their families. I hope to see you there!
Centre County Residents:
License Plate Replacement Events are scheduled for May 18th in Philipsburg and June 15th at my office in Ferguson Township.
Please join me on May 22nd from 5:30pm – 8:00 pm at the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg for a Small Games of Chance Seminar presented by PA State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. To register visit here.
Cambria County Residents:
We will be at the Northern Cambria Borough Police Department on May 23rd for license plate replacement event. We will also be holding replacement events in Ebensburg and Johnstown!
Citation Presentation to Patricia Cavalier
I presented Patricia Cavalier with a Senate Citation at the UniqueSource Achievement Award Celebration. Congratulations!
With graduation rapidly approaching, I would like to honor the graduates of the 35th Senatorial District once again by acknowledging their accomplishments and goals in my “Senior Spotlight”.
Do you know of someone graduating from high school, trade school, or college from Cambria, Centre, or Clearfield counties that has made an impact on their community, accomplished a goal, been accepted to a college or technical school, joined the armed forces, or any other incredible accomplishments?
If so, please submit their name, brief description of their accomplishments, and photo here.
Senate Acts to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Taxpayers and Job Creators
The Senate approved a legislative package to reduce the burden of unchecked government regulations on taxpayers and job creators. The bills will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 188 requires regulations with an economic impact on taxpayers and employers exceeding $1 million to go before the General Assembly for approval before taking effect. The Independent Fiscal Office, rather than the regulating agency, would be tasked with calculating the economic impact.
Senate Bill 190 requires an automatic review after three years of all regulations with an economic impact on taxpayers and employers exceeding $1 million. The regulating agency must report to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission on the effectiveness of the regulation, whether current state laws require the regulation’s repeal or amendment, and more.
Senate Bill 350 requires state agencies to create an accessible website for permit applicants to check their application status. In addition, all the permits issued must be publicly accessible and if rejected, it must state the legal authority the agency relies on to reject the permit application. It also requires that a permit, license or certification is deemed approved by the state if the agency reviewing the application misses its statutory deadline.
Senate Approves Measure to Improve Personal Financial Literacy
To teach high school students the financial basics, the Senate approved legislation that will enable them to make better decisions that lead to a lifetime of success and financial independence. Senate Bill 647 moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Recent estimates show there are more than 350 million American-owned credit card accounts, and credit card owners average about four cards apiece. Families in the United States are approaching approximately $1 trillion in credit card debt and more than $15 trillion in debt overall.
The bill would give high school students the information they need on topics like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; college, home and auto loans; and planning for postsecondary education and retirement.
Measure Boosting Support for PA Veterans Approved by Senate
The Senate passed bills to help veterans start or expand a business, access programs and services available to them, and make it easier for disabled veterans to obtain a free lifetime fishing license. All three bills now head to the state House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 248 would create the Veteran-owned Business Loan Guarantee Program, which would be funded with $5 million of existing dollars from another program run by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The bill defines a veteran-owned business as one in which 51% or more of the organization is owned or controlled by one or more veterans. Veteran-owned businesses in America employ nearly four million workers and generate more than $175 billion in annual payroll.
Senate Bill 447 would establish in law the PA VETConnect program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and helps the commonwealth’s more than 700,000 veterans access programs and services tailored to their needs. The database of resources enables local veteran advocates – including staff at county veterans affairs offices – to point veterans to information, resources, programs and services in their area and across the commonwealth.
Senate Bill 411 would make it possible for disabled veterans with a 100% disability determination to obtain a free, lifetime fishing license. Free lifetime fishing licenses currently are available only to disabled veterans with a 100% permanent disability determination, and they must apply for a new free fishing license every year.
Legislation Expanding Access to Breast Cancer Screenings Signed Into Law
Recently signed into law, Act 1 of 2023 is a first-of-its-kind breast cancer screening measure that will save Pennsylvanians’ lives.
It eliminates all costs associated with genetic testing and counseling as well as breast MRI and ultrasounds for Pennsylvanians with high-risk conditions like dense breast tissue, a personal history of breast cancer, a family history, a genetic predisposition or prior radiation therapy.
Approximately one of every eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, but this law will ensure that high-risk individuals have affordable access to early detection.
Recognizing Police Officers’ Memorial Day
On Monday, I attended the Fallen Heroes Event to honor the brave law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year. The five officers were:
Like so many other members of law enforcement, these officers served and protected their fellow citizens – despite knowing the sacrifices they and their families would have to make. Thank you to each brave man and woman who defend the safety of our communities.
Celebrating Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day!
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