February 8, 2016
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This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Governor Wolf to Announce 2016-17 Budget
On Tuesday, February 9, Governor Wolf will unveil his 2016-17 state budget proposal at the same time a 2015-16 budget has yet to be finalized. In December, the Senate sent Governor Wolf yet another fiscally responsible spending plan in an effort to finally get state money into the hands of our schools and social service agencies. Each of the budgets passed by the Legislature funded public education at record levels. Additionally, each fully funded every core state government function, including human services and the department of corrections.
We must move forward quickly to bring the budget debate to a conclusion, and setting aside all of the misleading rhetoric and partisan bitterness is the best way to accomplish our shared goals. Despite all of the frustration and uncertainty this impasse created, I remain sincerely committed to doing my part to end this impasse.
I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate and the House to find the common ground necessary to pass a budget that moves our state forward,
and – most importantly – gives Pennsylvanians the efficient and effective government they deserve.
10 Ways My Office Can Help You
Here’s a tally of 10 services my office could provide you or your family in 2016.
Legislation Could Better Regulate Prescription of Controlled Substances in Emergency Rooms
Prescription drug addiction and abuse is one of the fastest-growing problems throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties. In the near future, I plan to join Senators Camera Bartolotta and John Wozniak in introducing legislation that would limit and regulate discharge prescriptions provided by emergency rooms and help identify patients who could benefit from a referral for treatment for addiction. The goal is to ensure patients can receive the relief they need while minimizing the harmful consequences of addiction. It’s important to know this legislation is not “picking” on ER doctors, as some have suggested. We all must do our part to fight the battle of heroin and prescription drug abuse.
Last year, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and state agencies adopted new guidelines for pain treatment in emergency rooms. While these guidelines are a crucial step in fighting prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth, it is important to ensure they are being implemented in all Pennsylvania emergency rooms.
Drug abuse and addiction-related deaths have created deep, irreparable scars on families throughout our region. It is critical to fight back against this
dangerous epidemic while remaining cognizant of the needs of patients. I am hopeful that this measure will play a role in helping more individuals get the
help they need.
Supporting Critical Access Hospitals
Recently, I co-sponsored legislation that will restore important funding for Pennsylvania’s 13 critical access hospitals across the state. For rural areas of Pennsylvania, critical access hospitals are just what the name suggests, a health care lifeline in smaller communities.
In my Senate District, critical access hospitals are located in Troy, Jersey Shore, Muncy and Montrose.
Unfortunately, state funding for these vital institutions was recently vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf. I am deeply concerned because the loss of funding hurts
services and could put these hospitals at risk. The situation is dire enough that a resolution cannot await another attempt at a settlement on the state
Lewisburg High School Boys Soccer Team Recognized
On Monday, February 8, I had the opportunity to congratulate and recognize the Lewisburg Green Dragons Boys Soccer team before the state Senate.
On November 21, 2015, Lewisburg won the PIAA Class AA boys' soccer championship, 4-0, over South Park at Hersheypark Stadium, completing an undefeated season. The Green Dragons (25-0) did not allow a goal during the entire state tournament.
The accomplishments of these fine young men say a lot about Lewisburg High
School, the district and the community. They made us all very proud.
Applications Available for PennDOT Summer Employment
The Bureau of State Employment has announced the deadline for receiving summer PennDOT applications is Friday, February 19, 2016.
Interested applicants must complete an online application at
www.employment.pa.gov, under the Student
Internship Positions category. Students who previously worked for PennDOT and would like to be rehired must also complete an online application. Applicants
must be enrolled as a full-time college student for the Fall 2016 semester and must have a valid PA driver’s license.
PennDOT 2016 Holiday Schedule
Facilitating license and registration renewals and conducting new business in-person with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles is among the Department’s core responsibilities driving its mission.
Motorists will find the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closes for Christmas and New Year’s Day and 20
Online Messenger can fulfill a wide
range of driver’s license/photo ID services, and vehicle services.
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