Senator Yaw E-Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

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.

Gene Yaw

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
– Benjamin Franklin

State Senate Will Convene on January 15th; Governor, Lt. Governor Inauguration Ceremonies Set

On Tuesday, January 15th, the state Senate will convene in the Senate Chamber for the Inauguration of Lieutenant Governor-Elect John Fetterman.  The Lt. Governor-Elect will be sworn into office in the Senate Chamber in a private ceremony at 10:00AM. The ceremony will be livestreamed and can be viewed, click here.

At noon, Governor Tom Wolf will also be sworn in for a second term.  The swearing-in ceremony will take place outside near the State Capitol fountain along Commonwealth Avenue.  Gates open at 10AM and ticket holders must be seated by 11:30AM.  The ceremony will be livestreamed and can be viewed, click here.


In my January 4th E-Newsletter, we noted that state residents interested in obtaining a REAL ID may bring the necessary documents (birth certificate, Social Security card, TWO Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address, Proof of all Legal Name Changes) to any of the DMV’s 71 Driver’s License Centers prior to March 2019 for pre-verification and simple facilitation of REAL ID licensure. 

Please Note:  PennDOT “Photo License Centers” are different from “Driver License Centers”.  Customers can only pre-verify at Driver License Centers.  It would be beneficial to call ahead to any of these locations to confirm before you visit.

To read more, click here. 

Veterans Encouraged to Review Benefits

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs encourages veterans to use the New Year to review their benefits with a professional to ensure they are receiving the benefits earned through their service. A Veterans Service Officer can check to see if changes in a veteran’s circumstances or changes to benefit policies may have modified the programs a veteran may be eligible to receive.

To read more, click here. 

Several State Grants Programs Open This Month…

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is now accepting applications for Clean Energy projects throughout 2019.  The Alternative Clean Energy Program (ACE) provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state.

To read more, click here.

Additionally, the High Performance Building Program (HPB) is open and provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state.

To read more, click here.

Counties, municipalities and municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits and other eligible agencies interested in conservation, recreation, trail, and riparian buffer grants may apply through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program beginning January 22nd.

To read more, click here.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority will begin accepting applications February 1st for grants funded by natural gas drilling impact fees (through Act 13) for abandoned mine drainage abatement & treatment, baseline water quality data, flood mitigation, greenways, trails and recreation, orphan or abandoned well plugging, sewage facilities, and watershed restoration protection.  The deadline for applications is May 31st.

To read more, click here.

New Online Resource for Help Battling Addiction

Pennsylvanians seeking substance use disorder treatment for themselves or others can find local treatment options and related services through the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART).

It also provides resources if a person is experiencing homelessness, has issues with transportation to treatment, or has legal concerns, as well as programs that may be available depending on a person’s income. 

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