Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. E-Newsletter

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Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr


Harrisburg Happenings

Senate Bill 570 was passed by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreation Development Committee

10/30/19 - Johnstown Flood Tax (SB 570)

A Senate committee approved my legislation that I sponsored which would increase funding for grants and loans for distressed municipalities through an existing state funding source.

Senate Bill 570 was passed by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreation Development Committee. It would dedicate a portion of the existing “Johnstown Flood Tax” to help municipalities designated as “financially distressed” under Act 47, the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act of 1987.

The tax to help the city recover from the devastating St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 was initially intended to be temporary and was levied on alcoholic beverages at 10 percent. That tax was increased to 15 percent in 1963 and again to 18 percent in 1968. It remains in effect today, with proceeds deposited in the state’s General Fund budget.

Make no mistake – this is not a new tax. It is restoring the original intent of the Johnstown Flood Tax and bringing that money back to Act 47 distressed municipalities. It would dedicate 5.6 percent of the proceeds to be distributed to municipalities experiencing severe financial difficulties. The money returned to Johnstown would aid in the economic recovery of our city and provide much-needed assistance towards those efforts.

The legislation would require the Department of Treasury to direct approximately $20.6 million annually, to be distributed to the Commonwealth Financing Authority to award grants to municipalities under Act 47. This year’s budget allocated about $1.6 million to those programs. 

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Encourage Community Engagement in PA Schools

The Senate Education Committee approved my legislation that would establish a pilot program to implement community-based services into Pennsylvania schools.

The legislation was drafted as a result of a recent hearing that highlighted a number of innovative programs that are improving student support and learning by providing them with greater access to community resources.

These programs connect students and their families with community-based organizations that address both academic and nonacademic barriers to learning and provide case management services to help students succeed.  This includes giving students access to dental, medical and mental health services, tutoring, food and clothing, and family literacy. 

My legislation would expand upon an already successful model that is currently utilized at Greater Johnstown School District.  The legislation creates a pilot program that designates Community Engaged Schools by the Secretary of Education. The school would then appoint a program manager to implement a community engagement plan and to serve as the point of contact to facilitate the relationship between the school and community.

Community involvement in our schools helps students to obtain the resources they need to learn better and reach their full potential. Connecting students and their families with a large and valuable network of community resources is key to helping young people.  This legislation will expand on the innovative work that is already showing tremendous success in schools and encourage others to offer the same services.

Telemedicine SB857 Passes the Senate

10/30/19 - Telemedicine (SB 857)
SB857 is an Act relating to telemedicine which authorizes the regulation of telemedicine by professional licensing boards and provides for insurance coverage.  In my rural district of Bedford, Cambria and Clearfield Counties telemedicine will give my constituents the opportunity to see doctors without traveling hours to their offices.

I was pleased to vote for SB857. It now goes on to House for consideration.

(l-r Eric Miller, Sen. Langerholc, Jim Boyle and Ben Baker)

I had the pleasure of introducing three members from the Johnstown Firefighters – Local 463 during session. President Miller, VP Boyle and Trustee Baker were in Harrisburg to attend the PA Professional Firefighters Association reception.

2019 Buck Harvest Photo Contest

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is sponsoring its 2019 Buck Harvest Photo Contest and hunters submitting photos of themselves with their 2019 Pennsylvania bucks are eligible to win one of two Covert wireless trail cameras.

Entries will be narrowed to a field of finalists in the archery and firearms categories, with one winner in each category then selected by voters on the Game Commission’s Facebook page. All entries must be sent by email to by Friday, Dec. 20. Submissions should include the first and last name of anyone in the photo, the hunter’s hometown and the county in which the buck was harvested.

Once submitted, a photo becomes the property of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Game Commission reserves the rights to use photo without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph. The Game Commission may use the photograph in publications or other media materials produced, used or contracted by the Game Commission, including but not limited to brochures, magazines, emails, and on the Game Commission website or social media platforms. Game Commission employees and immediate family members are not eligible to participate. The submission should be labeled “Buck Harvest Photo Contest.” Good luck!

District Happenings

Johnstown – “Trail Town”

Please take a moment and read the following article promoting Johnstown as a featured “Trail Town.” Johnstown has so much to offer and this article gives great insight to the many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and visitors alike. Learn more here.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – ¼ mile Ghost Town Trail

Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for an additional ¼ mile of the Ghost Town Trail – Ebensburg. Its projects like these that are being noticed all over the United States. I am proud to have these trails accessible to my constituents in the 35th Senatorial District. 


Visitors to Harrisburg

I would like to remind constituents, to please feel free to stop in my office, Room 187, when you are visiting the capitol.  My staff and I welcome the opportunity to say hello to you.  If you are visiting on a session day, I can also introduce you as my guest during session.  Feel free to call 717-787-5400 if you know in advance that you will be visiting the capitol.  If you are interested in a capitol tour, you can schedule your visit online.

How We Can Help You?

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Assistance with preparation of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the PA Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues

Reminder to Follow Me on Social Media

My Facebook page provides not only legislative updates but those all-important PennDOT construction updates for our district. I post pictures of constituents that I meet and information on other local events happening in our neighborhoods and communities. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram – my handle is @SenLangerholc. If you haven’t already, check out my social media pages.

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