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


State Services & Veteran Recognition Day

During the event, State Treasurer Stacy Garrity and her staff will be providing unclaimed property services to constituents. The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will also be present with their Mobile Veterans’ Outreach Van to provide services to veterans. Host offices will also provide some limited state services.

Attendees should bring their photo ID with them.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register HERE.

Work Continues on the 2024-25 State Budget

Our Senate Republican Caucus remains committed to producing a pro-growth budget which will empower Pennsylvanians and is equally honest with taxpayers about our state’s fiscal health both now and in the future. We have been diligently working to come to consensus on a final product. Additional session days will be added as needed to complete the budget as quickly as possible.

Learn more about the process of enacting the 2024-25 state budget and watch the Senate in session here.

Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations

The Lycoming County Fair begins TOMORROW, July 10th. Rides for all ages, carnival food, games, and events. Schedule, ticketing, and more information HERE.

The New Berlin Fireman’s Carnival will begin TOMORROW, July 10th, and run through Saturday, July 13th. The Annual Parade will take place on Thursday the 11th at 7 p.m.

The 26th Annual Mifflinburg Blueberry Festival will be held this Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Mifflinburg Community Park. The all-day event features live music, food, fun, games, crafts and more!

Brian and Cheryl Edgcomb of Knoxville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15th with Chuck Dillon and Deb Rudy from my Wellsboro Office.

Brian is a former Tioga County Magisterial Judge and Tioga County Commissioner and Cheryl is a retired postmaster who founded the non-profit Stamp Camp USA. Together they have two children and six grandchildren. Happy Anniversary!

Tioga To Host The Moving Wall

ARC Grant Funding Now Open

The 2024-25 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant funding round is now formally open.

ARC provides funding for numerous projects in the Appalachian Region in a wide range of program areas. The projects funded in the program areas create thousands of new jobs, improve local water and sewer systems, increase school readiness, expand access to health care, assist local communities with strategic planning and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.

More information HERE.

PGC Proposed Land Acquisitions

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is proposing to add property to 13 State game lands, including one in the Sullivan County region.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will vote on the proposed acquisitions on July 13 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. You can find details on the proposed acquisitions and other items on the Commission’s agenda using this link.

Questions or comments on the proposed acquisitions may be submitted to the Board before the meeting HERE.

Senate Passes Bill Discounting Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Volunteer Firefighters

 The Senate recently approved a bill that would enable volunteer firefighters to obtain discounted hunting licenses and fishing licenses in Pennsylvania.

Resident adult hunting licenses cost $20.97 and fishing licenses cost $27.97. The legislation would reduce the cost of each to $1 for volunteer firefighters who served at least the previous 12 months in the commonwealth.

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

Senate Bill Expanding First Responder Service Dog Fee Exemptions Signed into Law

Senate Bill 82 to extend license fee exemptions to service dogs integral to fire departments, sheriff’s offices and rescue services was recently approved by the Senate and signed into law. Now Act 47 of 2024, this exemption currently applies only to municipal and state police departments. The bill was sent to the governor to be signed into law.

Service dogs detect threats, aid in search and rescue missions, and provide critical support during medical emergencies. The exemption from licensing fees aims to minimize financial barriers for agencies relying on these highly trained animals.

Additionally, the measure addresses challenges created by a revision to the state’s dog law that prohibited out-of-state residents from boarding their dogs in Pennsylvania-based kennels.

Swimming at State Parks

Many PA state parks have lakes or pools for swimming to beat the heat. You can find details and locations from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources HERE.


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