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.

In the News

The Daily Item: DEP, Partners Laud Turtle Creek Improvement Portions of Watershed Removed from Federal Impaired Waters List. Read more HERE.

The Daily Item: Meuser, Yaw call new EPA rule on coal an assault on American energy. Read more HERE.

On the Road

As of Thursday, two sections of the Turtle Creek watershed have been removed from the federal Clean Water Act impaired waters list. We had a great day celebrating 10 years of partnership and restoration efforts!

By investing in our waterways, we’re also investing in our farms and our communities. This is just the start of what we can achieve when we work together to apply funding more strategically and align it with local goals and expertise.

I had the opportunity to speak to National Honor Society students from Saint John Neumann Regional Academy during their “Leadership Week.” We had a great discussion on state government and the legislative and political processes. These students certainly have a bright future ahead of them!

On Friday, I attended a ribbon cutting to officially open the 2024 West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association Home Show at Liberty Arena in downtown Williamsport.

The show ran through Sunday and featured over 35,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space with over 140 vendors.

I had a great afternoon at Innerstoic Wine and Cider Company with owner and winemaker, Aaron Rush.

Located in Morris Township, Tioga County, Innerstoic uses quality, fresh fruits, and partners with local grape growers to make their wine and ciders.

Thank you for having me!

Last week, the Lycoming County Conservation District held their annual Legislative Breakfast. We discussed what’s happening in Harrisburg and the issues impacting local conservation efforts.

Our county Conservation Districts exist in every county of Pennsylvania except Philadelphia and are the “boots on the ground” when it comes to developing local plans that protect our natural resources. 

On Friday, Develop Tioga also hosted its annual legislative breakfast. Develop Tioga serves as the lead economic development organization for Tioga County.

Spring Career Fair

PA CareerLink Lycoming County will hold their spring career fair TOMORROW, April 30th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Valley Transit Authority Michael Ross Event Center, 144 W. Third St., Williamsport.

Interested individuals may call 570-601-5465 for more information.

There will also be an open recruitment event this Thursday, May 2nd, from 1 to 3 p.m. at their office located at 329 Pine St. Williamsport.

Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions

Complementing Senate Republicans’ efforts to protect Pennsylvania jobs, support is available for community colleges, trade or tech schools, school districts and nonprofits through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant Program.

The program is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce for existing positions or ones that will be open soon. It is also designed to advance capacity for local and regional manufacturers and increase awareness of manufacturing career opportunities for youth or those with barriers.

Grants may be used for professional services/consultants, internships, equipment purchases, shop modifications, program development, marketing, domestic travel and salaries. Learn more and apply online.

Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania

The Senate approved a bill aimed at increasing the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania by reforming the certification process without sacrificing quality or safety.

Current firefighter applicants must complete four training modules totaling 188 hours. They then must pass a cumulative test covering all four modules. Senate Bill 1101 would enable applicants to be tested following each of the four modules.

In the 1970s, the commonwealth had as many as 300,000 volunteer firefighters. There currently are fewer than 38,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania.

Spring Gobbler Season is Underway

On Saturday, April 27, spring gobbler season opened with a half-day hunt for junior hunters and mentored hunters 16 and under.

The regular season runs from May 4-31. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from May 4-18 and 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset from May 20-31.

Approximately 172,000 people hunt spring turkeys in Pennsylvania every year. Last season, hunters harvested about 39,500 gobblers – an increase from 35,700 in 2022 and 28,100 in 2021. Information about spring turkey hunting rules and regulations, for youth and regular hunts, is available here.

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