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Senate Reconvenes Today at 1 p.m.
Recently, the Senate approved legislation that would strengthen penalties for burglaries involving home invasions. Senate Bill 1062 would change state law to reflect the seriousness of the violent crime of home invasions. The current burglary statute does not distinguish those burglaries where force or threat of force is used. The bill would increase the recommended sentence for such burglaries.
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On Tuesday, May 10th the Senate unanimously approved legislation to help prevent a parent from being jailed for failing to pay fines associated with their child’s truancy.
The legislation would require schools to offer a school attendance improvement conference to the student and their parents or guardian if the child continues to be truant following notification of the child’s third unexcused absence. If a school attendance improvement conference is scheduled, further legal action is suspended until after the date of the conference has passed.
The legislation is in response to the death of a Reading woman while she was jailed for truancy charges in Berks County Prison. Eileen DiNino, a 55-year-old mother of seven, died of undetermined causes as she was serving a 48-hour sentence for not paying fines a magisterial district justice imposed following her sons’ absences from school.
The state Senate unanimously approved a resolution last week designating the week of June 5th through June 11th as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.
The second week of June was selected because it book-ends two long-standing, successful outreach events in the watershed. During the first Saturday in June, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosts "Clean the Bay Day" during which thousands of volunteers roll up their sleeves and take direct action to clean their waterways. In Maryland, on the second Sunday in June, Bernie Fowler traditionally holds his annual Patuxent River Wade-In event, attended by hundreds over the past 28 years, from schoolchildren to governors, U.S. Congressmen and Senators.
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On The Horizon
This week, over 220 students from across the 23rd Senate District will convene on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology to participate in my annual Student Government Seminar.
Students will become "Senators for a Day" and participate in mock legislative sessions, where they will also have the opportunity to interact with elected officials, members of the Governor’s Administration, state department heads, media, lobbyists and members of healthcare, transportation, and many other sectors.
The intent is for students to obtain a better understanding of the legislative process and develop professional relationships that can open the door for future internships and job opportunities.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced recently that 30 department employees received the agency’s Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.
Two employees from PennDOT’s District 3 which represents Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties were among the honorees.
Local winners Lloyd Ayres and Kevin Hock were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.
To view a complete list of District 3 news releases click here.
Penn College Commencement
Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon.
Senator Yaw pictured with Cortney Lyn Weaver, student commencement speaker.
Arnie Kriner, Executive Assistant to Senator Yaw, presents Russell C. Reitz with a Congratulatory Senate Certificate for his extraordinary dedication and commitment on behalf of the citizens of the County of Lycoming through his leadership as a County Commissioner and as a member of various community service organizations.
Left to Right: Arnie Kriner, Russell Reitz, Marie Reitz and State Representative Jeff Wheeland.
Known as "The Fishing Hole," the new webpage invites the public to share their thoughts on topics such as Fishing/Stocking, Fishing Regulations, Boat Registration/Titling, Boating and Access Areas and more.
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