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, Tioga 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
State Senator


March 15, 2018

“Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.”

Sen. Yaw to Hold Telephone Town Hall on March 19

Discussion Will Engage Residents of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union Counties

I am inviting residents living across Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties to join my Telephone Town Hall event on Monday, March 19, from 6PM to 7PM to discuss Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 proposed state budget, as well as other important state-related issues.

The tele-town hall format allows community residents to participate in a discussion on state issues without the need to travel throughout the region.  Participants may ask questions or simply remain on their phone line to listen to the conversation.  Residents can sign up for the event in advance by visiting my website at  Twitter users can also tweet questions using the hashtag #AskGeneYaw.

For more information, residents may contact my office toll-free at 1-800-443-5772.

Center for Rural PA Sponsors Study on Broadband Access

In January, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which I chair, announced its 2018 research grant awards, one of which is a year-long project to analyze broadband access across Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sascha D. Meinrath of Pennsylvania State University, and a team of researchers, will provide a comprehensive look at the current availability of high-speed, fixed broadband services in rural Pennsylvania. Dr. Meinrath is using the Federal Communications Commission’s current definition of broadband, which is defined as a connection with 25 megabits per second as the minimum download speed and 3 megabits per second as the minimum upload speed.

The Center’s Board of Directors was eager to move forward with this research since broadband access is so important to the economic vitality and overall welfare of our rural communities.

To read more, click here.

Public Hearing on Broadband Set for April 5th

On April 5th, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors will host a public hearing on broadband access and availability in rural Pennsylvania. The public hearing will be held at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Pa., beginning at 9AM.

Broadband access means so much more than interactive gaming or connecting with your family and friends. “roadband access also means having access to your healthcare provider, completing a classroom assignment, and maintaining and expanding your business. The Center’s board will receive testimony on the challenges and opportunities regarding rural broadband deployment because it impacts a large part of our everyday lives.

Jersey Shore High School Choir Celebrates “Music in Our Schools” Month at the State Capitol

Jersey Shore Area High School Choir

On March 8th, Rep. Everett and I were pleased to welcome the Jersey Shore High School Choir to the State Capitol.  Be sure to check out their fantastic performance under the leadership of Choir Director Margaret Ortbal.  Their performance featured a number of popular hits including “Still Rock & Roll to Me,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” and “We Belong.”

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Paddy’s Day festivities are filled with friends, family, and endless parties. Oftentimes, these parties end with drunk drivers who endanger our roads. Drinking and driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States.

Over the past 4 years the number of alcohol related crashes has been rising in Pennsylvania.

This St. Patrick’s Day, local law enforcement will be patrolling your community to ensure citizens follow the law and refrain from drinking and driving. Doing so not only keeps you safe, but it keeps other vehicle passengers and pedestrians safe. Don’t test your luck this St. Patrick’s Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Tips to have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Always remember to plan ahead. You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Local Law Enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.
  • Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends could be relying on you.

This St. Paddy’s Day, don’t rely on the luck o’ the Irish to get you home safely—refrain from drinking and driving. Discuss these drunk-driving facts with your friends and family, plan to celebrate safely, and spread the word about the dangers of drinking and driving.

-Tara Schane, Community Traffic Safety Project Coordinator with the Highway Safety Network

Upcoming Satellite Outreaches in Bradford County

As a means to better serve the residents of the 23rd Senatorial District through increased outreach efforts, the hours and locations will provide better opportunities for area residents to meet directly with a member of the Senator’s staff.

Satellite Hours and Locations:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Towanda Library
104 Main Street
Towanda, PA  18848

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Green Free Library
38 North Center St.
Canton, PA 17724

Satellite hours and locations will be announced monthly and can be viewed by visiting the Senator’s website at

Constituents are encouraged to visit any of the satellite locations during scheduled office hours.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.

BB&T Donates $1,000 to James V. Brown Library through the Pennsylvania State EITC Program

On March 1st, 2018, BB&T donated $1,000 to James V. Brown Library (Williamsport) through the Pennsylvania State Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. The library plans to use the funds to support educational programs such as the Digital Arts Camp, Teen Comin and Manga Club, STEM programming, and other educational programs.

Created in 2001, the EITC Program provides tax credits to businesses that contribute to scholarship organizations, educational improvement organizations, or Pre-Kindergarten scholarship organizations. The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development determines eligible businesses and organizations through an application process located on their website.

For more information about EITC, click here.

Local 4-H Groups Visit State Capitol for Annual “Capital Days” 

4-H members L to R (seated): Katelyn Taylor, Kathryn Fritsch; Caroline Benfer, Olivia Magann, Alice Polcrack; L to R  (standing): Nick Troutman representing Sen. Gene Yaw of the 23rd Senate District, Sean Haines, Cali Moore, Nate Pettyjohn.

On Monday, March 12th, 4-H members from Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties attended Capital Days, a citizenship-awareness and civic-engagement educational program held by Pennsylvania 4-H.

4-H Capital Days is designed to engage 4-H’ers in the political process and prepare them to become active and engaged citizens of Pennsylvania. Youth learn about governmental issues and the political process; how to advocate and speak out about issues that impact them, their families and their communities; and gain valuable leadership and citizenship skills that will empower and lead them to successful futures.

River Valley Transit Announces Additional Compressed Natural Gas Buses

[Photo By: Karen Vibert-Kennedy, Sun-Gazette- Marcus Kohl, the regional direction of PA DEP North-Central Regional Office kicks off an event celebrating the River Valley Transit compressed natural gas powered buses in Williamsport.]

River Valley Transit of Williamsport announced 10 new compressed natural gas buses to be added to the company’s existing natural gas powered fleet. These natural gas powered buses will reduce air emissions by: two pounds per day of Sulphur oxides; four pounds per day of particulate matter; five pounds per hour of nitrogen oxides; and eight pounds per minute of carbon monoxide.

DEP will assist River Valley Transit costs with a $200,000 grant from the Alternative Fuels Incentive Program. In addition, the River Valley Transit’s natural gas fueling station was partially funded by a DEP grant.

The natural gas based buses produce less air pollution, and result in a decreased dependency on foreign oil. 400 natural gas fueled buses would produce the same emissions and pollutants as a diesel powered bus from the year 2000.

For more information about the Alternative Fuels Incentive Program and other DEP programs to encourage natural gas conversion, click here.

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