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


Senate Convenes This Week

Session Calendar and Schedule HERE.

Watch Session and Committees LIVE.

On the Road

After six years of working to build a senior living home, Rural Housing Works’ (RHW) project advanced last Wednesday as a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the 44-unit – $15.65 million Newman Commons Housing project, located at 426 Newman Road, Lewisburg.

I was pleased to join members of RHW, T-Ross Brothers Construction, Union County Commissioners, Evangelical Community Hospital, Union County Housing Authority, and the Kelly Township Supervisors to officially mark the start of construction on the project.

Awards and Recognitions

Last week, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Bradford County, was honored during the 2024 Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annual Leadership Summit in Harrisburg.

The hospital received an Achievement Award for Optimal Operations for the implementation of a multidisciplinary team triage model to mitigate patient volumes, times, and hospital barriers.

HAP’s annual Achievement Awards program recognizes hospitals and health systems that are employing innovative approaches to strengthening the safety and quality of care, enhancing operations and patients’ experience, and partnering with their communities to address public health needs. 

Photo Credit: The Daily Review

Congratulations to Sullivan County CYS Director, Lisa Wilcox, who was awarded the Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg on April 2nd.

This award is given to individuals who “have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support and protect Pennsylvania’s children.” Lisa was one of only four people chosen for this award.

Thank you for your dedication, Lisa!

PennDOT Job Fair Planned for Tioga County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will hold a job fair for those seeking employment in Tioga County on Thursday, April 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Tioga County Maintenance Office, 6 Berwart Street, Wellsboro.

Current vacancies include:

  • Diesel and Construction Equipment Mechanic Trainee/Diesel and Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Transportation Equipment Operator A
  • Summer Highway Maintenance Workers
  • DOT Summer Students

Staff will be available to discuss current and future openings within the commonwealth for CDL operators. Applicants interested in the Diesel and Construction Equipment Mechanic Trainee must have a valid CDL permit on their first day of employment.  Transportation Equipment Operator A and Diesel Mechanic positions must have a valid Pennsylvania (PA) CDL Class A or B with the air brake and manual transmission restrictions removed. These positions also require a current medical examiner certificate.

On-the-spot applications will take place. Applicants for the Transportation Equipment Operator A  and Diesel and Construction Equipment Mechanic positions must bring their current CDL license.

Court Ruling Helps to Safeguard Elections

The safeguarding of elections in Pennsylvania was boosted by the Third Circuit Court’s recent ruling upholding current Pennsylvania law, requiring voters to date a mail-in ballot for it to be accepted.

Many voters, election officials and good government advocates feel preserving election integrity must be a priority. The first step toward that goal is upholding laws that are already in place. While this may seem obvious, in recent elections some counties accepted and counted undated ballots – despite the state law prohibiting that action.

Applying the election law uniformly across all 67 counties is a significant step forward in the effort to protect the integrity of our electoral process. Senate Republicans will continue to work to protect Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to free and fair elections.

Survey: How Did PennDOT Do This Winter?

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is offering a short survey so motorists can offer their feedback on the winter services PennDOT provided.

By filling out the short survey, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts about where you get information about road conditions, how soon you can expect roads to be safe to travel following a winter storm event and what features you would find useful from

There is also an opportunity to share additional comments. The survey can be completed anonymously.

Destroy Spotted Lanternfly Eggs, Support PA Agriculture

Spotted lanternflies are an invasive pest that could damage the state’s grape and wine industries, as well as other types of agriculture.

This time of year, Pennsylvanians can take an important step to control the spotted lanternfly population. While most adult spotted lanternflies have frozen to death, their eggs can survive over the winter. A single egg mass holds 30 to 50 eggs.

The egg masses – which can commonly be found on trees, rocks and equipment stored outdoors – should be scraped into a bag of hand sanitizer. Learn what the egg masses look like during various stages and find more information about how to destroy them here.

PA Broadband Development Authority Unveils New Website

The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) launched a new website aimed at offering visitors a more intuitive experience.

New features include a navigation panel for locating information; quick links to hot topic resources; real-time data on unserved/underserved locations, projects awarded and funding allocated; and resources that are specifically tailored for various audiences.

Created by the General Assembly, the mission of the PBDA is to expand access to high-speed internet. The authority is accepting applications until April 20 from community anchor institutions and units of local government to fund community projects that enable public work, education and health monitoring.

Mobile Van Connects Veterans with Important Services, Programs

Pennsylvania is home to more than 700,000 veterans and their family members. With such a significant veteran population, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) works hard to connect veterans and their families with the services and programs available to them.

One way the agency can meet and assist veterans in the communities they live is through one of its two mobile veterans outreach vans. They travel throughout the state to assist veterans in obtaining information and initiating benefit claim paperwork with the assistance of DMVA accredited veteran service officers.

Request a van for a community event such as a sporting event, county fair, parade or festival. The form should be submitted six months but not less than 45 days prior to the event. Requests with less than a 30-day turnaround will be handled on a space available basis only.

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