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The Senate will convene today, May 24, 2021, at 1PM
To watch, simply click the “Watch Session Live” link found at: http://PAsenateGOP.com
Latest COVID Emergency Declaration the First Step to Returning Checks, Balances
In Tuesday’s primary election, Pennsylvania voters approved four ballot questions, including two constitutional amendments that will improve the way the state responds to emergencies.
The primary election results demonstrate our system of government works better when we work together. Pennsylvanians want to see more collaboration and better results from state government when responding to emergencies.
The General Assembly is now receiving information from Governor Wolf that had previously not been shared. That information allows us to make better informed decisions as we move forward to implement the will of the people.
I will work with my colleagues and the administration to ensure that the Commonwealth continues to be eligible to receive the federal funding that is supporting our economic recovery from COVID-19 and other valuable programs, which are relied upon by Pennsylvanians.
Senate Committee Chairmen Tour PCT Campus
Richard K. Hendricks (second from left), instructor of machine tool technologies/automated manufacturing, shares his insights in College Avenue Labs. Gathered around a bin of brass wire are (from left) Sen. Scott Martin; Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies; Sen. Yaw; and Zack Moore, vice president for government and community relations at Penn State. [Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel, Writer/Photo Editor]
On Friday, I welcomed two of my Senate colleagues to the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in Williamsport, where they got a firsthand look at the institution’s effectiveness in preparing students for careers readily and repeatedly shown to be “essential.”
Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, who heads the Senate Education Committee, and Sen. Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill, who chairs the Senate State Government Committee, toured a variety of instructional labs in the college’s three academic schools: brewing and fermentation science, collision repair/automotive restoration, culinary arts and hospitality, electrical technology, nursing and dental hygiene, plastics and polymer technology, and welding and metal fabrication. They also learned how Workforce Development at Penn College helps close the skills gap, most notably through its apprenticeship programs.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Supports Penn College NOW
From left, are George Stark; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Sen. Yaw, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors and the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee; Sen. Scott Martin, chairman of the Senate Education Committee; Sen. David Argall, chairman of the Senate’s State Government Committee; and Loni N. Kline, the college’s vice president for college relations.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has made an Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program contribution that will cover fees for 15 high schools and career and technology centers that are participating in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dual enrollment program, Penn College NOW.
The Penn College Foundation is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization under EITC, which is administered by the state Department of Community & Economic Development.
Penn College NOW enables academically qualified high school and career and technology center students to take tuition-free courses for college credit. Last year, 1,701 students earned 6,893 credits valued at more than $3.8 million through Penn College NOW.
Troy Intermediate School Visits the PA Capitol
On Friday, May 21, students, teachers and staff from Troy Intermediate School, Bradford County, visited the State Capitol Building. Unfortunately, I could not meet with them in person, but I’m sure they learned a tremendous amount about government and history during their visit.
Out & About
Anh ‘Paul’ Nguyen is a senior at Montoursville Area High School who received a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) award during the May 18 Montoursville Chamber of Commerce meeting at Herman and Luthers. Also pictured (center) is Liz Vollman of my Williamsport District Office and his business teacher and FBLA adviser Linda Keiser (right).
Craig Eccher was recently honored upon his April 29, 2021, retirement from Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., concluding a career spanning more than thirty-five years. On hand to present a congratulatory Senate Citation was Deb Rudy, Field Representative for Senator Cris Dush and Arnie Kriner of my Williamsport District Office.
Citizens Can Comment on PennDOT Plan to Toll Highway Bridges
Residents can use an upcoming telephone town hall to voice their opinion on PennDOT plans to toll bridges on Pennsylvania interstate highways.
PennDOT will hold a telephone town hall on the plan Tuesday, May 25, beginning at 6 p.m. To join the town hall, register here to receive a phone call to join at the start of the meeting or call (855) 756-7520, Entry Code Extension 73539#.
In addition to the telephone town hall, citizens can comment:
If you have a comment or question about a specific bridge tolling project, you can access each project’s comment form by visiting the project websites here.
On February 18, PennDOT unveiled a plan to toll nine bridges:
Last month, the Senate approved Senate Bill 382, which would reform the Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3) statute and to void the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative. It is now before the House Transportation Committee.
Senate Holds Two Public Hearings on 5G Deployment in Pennsylvania
The Senate Communications and Technology Committee recently held two public hearings to review the deployment of 5G wireless technology in Pennsylvania.
5G is the fifth-generation technology successor to 4G broadband cellular networks, which provide connectivity to most current cellphones. Cellular phone companies began deploying 5G worldwide in 2019.
The first hearing featured wireless providers and local government representatives. The second hearing heard from state agencies and labor unions involved in wireless infrastructure. You can view hearing video, agendas and testimony at the links.
Observing National EMS Week
Over the past year, we witnessed how Emergency Medical Services personnel are ready to serve their communities and patients, even when facing an unprecedented global pandemic, and despite the risks to their personal health and safety.
EMTs, paramedics and other EMS practitioners serve as healthcare professionals, social workers, crisis counselors, consolers and caregivers. For this national EMS Week, we honor the many roles of EMS professionals and the people behind the scenes who support them.