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


“The fullness of life comes from an identity built on giving and on joy.” 

Got Milk?  Dairy Crisis Impacting Pennsylvania Farmers

Milk consumption nationally is falling and it’s having a significant impact on our local dairy producers.  To echo comments recently submitted by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding during a May 2nd meeting of the Milk Marketing Board – we find ourselves in a dairy market responding to a convergence of forces – over supply, shifting consumer consumption trends, global competition and supply change alignments that all contribute to the downward price pressure being experienced by farms. 

Last week, the department posted an invitation on its website, asking members of the public and the dairy industry to help it in “identifying areas of improvement and formulating a plan to solidify the future of Pennsylvania dairy.”

Comments may be submitted online by clicking here.
For a recap of testimony provided during the May 2nd meeting, click here.

The Milk Marketing Board, will also conduct a public hearing on May 16, 2018, at 9AM in the Monongahela Room of the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Governor’s Cabinet Comes to Williamsport

On Monday, April 30th, I joined members of Governor’s Tom Wolf’s Cabinet featuring Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Department of Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn.  The department secretaries provided region specific updates on major projects and answered questions from the audience.

The Cabinet in Your Community initiative is a series of town hall-like events in which members of the community are given the opportunity to interact with cabinet secretaries and talk about the issues important to each region.

Senators Propose Creation of School Threat Reporting System

On April 24th, legislation aimed at reducing school violence by creating a new school threat monitoring system unanimously passed the state Senate Education Committee.

The Safe2Say Program would allow anonymous reporting of the threats regarding unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal activities in schools. The program would be patterned after the Safe2Tell program that was created in Colorado in 1999 after the school shooting at Columbine.

Giving students a confidential, anonymous way for them to contact authorities to report any suspicious or concerning behavior they may have witnessed or perceived will, hopefully, lead to more identification of warning signs which could prevent an unthinkable school tragedy.

Honoring Longtime Montoursville Mayor

On April 27th, state Rep. Garth Everett and I joined longtime Montoursville Mayor John Dorin during a ceremony in the Borough.  Mayor Dorin, who served the Borough for 36 years, was recognized during a tree planting ceremony.  Earlier in the year, the Borough also unveiled the newly named “John Dorin Municipal Building.”

Congratulations Mayor on your contributions and best wishes in your retirement!

Some Senior Pheasant Hunters Exempted from Permit

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced that any Pennsylvania hunter who held a senior lifetime hunting or combination license prior to May 13, 2017 will not need to purchase a pheasant permit to hunt pheasants in the 2018-19 license year.  My office received several calls from sportsmen concerned over the previous PGC requirement.

The pheasant permit was created last year as a way to help offset the costs of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program. In its first year, the $26.90 permit was required for all adult and senior pheasant hunters, including senior lifetime license buyers.

Keystone Wood Products Association Annual Member Meeting


Sen.  Yaw and Scott Seyler, KWPA Chairperson

On May 1st, I attended the Keystone Wood Products Association Annual Member Meeting at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.  The Association looked back over achievements of the past year and looked ahead to where they are going.  The evening included a presentation of the  Richard P. Lauchle Scholarship to a second year forestry student; special presentation to the Mifflinburg High School by KWPA Member Sun Vo-Tech, as well as other important presentations.

Satellite Office Hours

My office holds Satellite Office Hours throughout the 23rd Senate District every month. Local residents are encouraged to visit and meet with my staff on any of the times and locations (click here). Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended and can be made by calling (800) 443-5772.

Upcoming Satellite Office Hours Include: 

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wyalusing Library
115 Church Street
Wyalusing, PA  18853

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Lewisburg Borough Hall
55 North 5th Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837

2018 Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grants for Public Libraries

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is inviting applications for the 2018 Keystone Grants for Public Libraries program. These grants are funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.

A competitive grant application process is used to award matching grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. These grants may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public library facilities as outlined in the General Guidelines. To be eligible, the sponsoring municipality and the board of the state-aided library must jointly submit an application developed cooperatively by both entities and signed by their governing bodies.

The maximum Keystone grant award is $750,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar match. Applicants must show matching funds on hand at the time of the application. There is no minimum amount that may be requested.

For more information, click here.

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