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Senate Reconvenes This Week
The state Senate convenes today through Wednesday, October 19th. To view the list of Committee meetings,
On Tuesday, October 18th at 9:30 AM, a pair of Senate-approved opioid-related bills (SB1367 and SB1368), will be considered in the House Health Committee, as well as a Senate-passed measure to expand the state's Human Services Block Grant Pilot Program to all counties.
On Tuesday, October 18th at 9:30 AM, the state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will discuss Chesapeake Bay mandates during a joint public hearing. The committees are specifically interested in opinions on Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy and any potential funding sources to meet future obligations. Click here for the Hearing Agenda.
On Tuesday, October 18th at 10 AM, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai will hold a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize the 200th Session of the General Assembly. The Main Rotunda display cases on either side of the Rotunda staircase hold historic treasures from the past 200 years of session.
On Tuesday, October 18th, at 12:30 PM, Senators will call for the introduction of a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an Animal Abuse Prevention Task Force composed of professional experts and organizations charged with the responsibility of analyzing current laws throughout the nation that seek to reduce instances of animal cruelty and abuse and report its findings and recommendations to the Senate.
On Tuesday, October 18th at 1 PM, Senator Yaw will honor former Lycoming College football coach Frank Girardi on the Senate
Floor. Girardi will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during a December
6th ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
District Awarded Over $2 Million in PHARE Funding
Funding Made Possible Through Natural Gas 'Act 13' Impact Fees
Last week, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Board of Directors approved the release of $2.13 million in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) funding that will be distributed in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties.
The approved projects will remediate and construct housing and address housing needs for seniors, low to moderate income individuals and individuals who are intellectually disabled or those with mental health issues. The projects will also provide rental assistance and offer homeownership options.
To view the list of projects,
Local Multimodal Project Awarded Funding
A Lycoming County roadway project will receive Multimodal Transportation funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
As announced, $95,000 will be awarded to Armstrong Township for roadway construction along Mosquito Valley Road. The project will improve structural stability, safety, and pavement drainage and safely provide for multimodal uses.
'Breakfast Meeting on Agriculture' Held in Lewisburg
On Friday, October 14th, Representative Fred Keller and I welcomed members of the Lycoming & Union Agriculture community for a 'Breakfast Meeting on Agriculture' at the Country Cupboard Restaurant in Lewisburg. The event brought together local farmers, FFA students from Mid-West, Montoursville, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove and Williamsport High Schools, teachers, extension and agribusiness professionals to discuss a number of important topics.
The guest speaker for the event was Dave Swartz, Director of the Penn State Extension Offices in Carlisle, Dauphin and New Bloomfield. Penn State Extension is an educational outreach program of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Former School Opened for People of All Ages
On October 13th, I attended the Nippenose Valley Village ribbon cutting, Rt. 44 Highway, Williamsport, celebrating the completed six-month renovation that turned the old Nippenose Valley Elementary School into a personal-care facility with 51 rooms.
Nippenose Valley Village will be available to local churches and for activities for current residents. The list of future activities includes a John Bauer basketball league, quilting club, a bridge club, and opportunities for 4H groups, boy scouts, girl scouts and church groups.
Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America
Got Unused Medication
Saturday, October 22nd is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Drop-off sites throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and
Union Counties will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can find one near you by
going to the DEA's
Diversion Control website,
or contacting your local police department or county Sheriff's Office. The service is free and anonymous.
EPA Planning Assistance Available
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting rural communities to apply for planning assistance to develop strategies that help grow the economy and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. EPA is offering this assistance as part of Rural Advantage, a suite of federal economic development planning assistance programs for rural communities.
Communities may apply for assistance through the following programs:
Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), which helps communities leverage local food enterprise to diversify their economy and renew their downtowns.
Cool & Connected, which helps communities use broadband service to create walkable, connected, economically successful neighborhoods.
Healthy Places for Healthy People, a new program that will help communities partner with health care facilities to catalyze downtown revitalization and to improve options for healthy living and economic opportunity.
For more information, click here.
Around the State
On October 13th, I served as the Keynote Speaker during the annual PA Midstream Conference in State College. The conference provided attendees with a
comprehensive view of the midstream activity in the state.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is accepting nominations for three open positions on the 2017 Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee.
The advisory committee is charged with implementing recommendations of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to develop a statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation, transportation, and healthy lifestyles.
The 20-member committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises the commonwealth on the use of state and federal trail funding. DCNR is accepting nominations for three open positions on the committee representing the following user groups: water trail users; horseback riding; and member-at-large. Members will serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2017.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s 573 trails covering more than 11,000 miles in the state, visit
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