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


*Click here to find the latest information on coronavirus from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The Senate will reconvene this week.  For a look at the Senate Calendar, click here.  Sunshined committee meetings/hearings can be viewed by clicking here.


Around the 23rd Senate District… 

WKOK’s “On the Mark” Program Highlights a Number of Important State Issues…I recently joined WKOK hosts Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan to discuss a number of state-related matters including election safety and security, mail-in voting, PA’s COVID-19 response, and a wide range of other critical PA issues. [Click here for a Recap]

High-speed Internet to Expand in Lycoming, Union Counties….SEDA-COG  announced that Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER grant funding will help 190 homes and five businesses in Moreland Township (Lycoming County) comprising 16 miles of fiber in a 7-mile area, as well as 750 homes and five businesses in Kelly Township (Union County) comprising 15 miles of fiber in an 8-mile area.  [Read More]

Celebrating ‘Farm to School’ Month Across the 23rd Senate District.. The program promotes nutritional practices, fresh and local foods, school gardens and teaching agricultural education.  [Read More]

News for You…

Today is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3rd general election…Today is the final day for area residents to register to vote in Pennsylvania, or for voters to change or update their registration if they have moved since the last time they voted.  Individuals can register online at, or go to your county election office and fill out a voter registration form.

Scam Alert!  Individuals claiming to represent candidates, political parties, and outside interest groups are currently contacting Lycoming County residents by phone and text message to solicit personal and financial information. Even if the offer to help is legitimate, county residents should not provide personal or financial information by phone or by text for voting purposes.

Gov. Wolf Vetoes Rep. Everett Bill Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Placed on PA Bars, Restaurants… “Unfortunately, the Governor’s latest veto is consistent with his previous actions skirting the Legislature.  House Bill 2513 was supported by Democrats and Republicans alike who want to help Pennsylvania’s struggling restaurant industry, yet the Governor continues his go-it-alone approach by punishing our job creators and their employees through no fault of their own.”– Sen. Gene Yaw.  House Bill 2513, approved by the state Senate with a 43-6 vote and the state House of Representatives by a vote of 145-56, would have set the minimum occupancy capacity for restaurants and taverns at 50 percent, with the ability for increased capacity if their premises allows. In addition to the occupancy limit change, HB2513 would have removed Wolf’s current ban on bar service; and eliminated the governor’s meal requirement to purchase alcohol.

On Oct. 19th, the Senate Law & Justice Committee favorably reported Holden re-nomination to full Senate for consideration…  The nomination of Tim Holden, who currently serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB), was unanimously approved today by the Committee. Holden was first nominated to the LCB by Governor Tom Corbett in 2013.  He was named chairman of the PLCB by Governor Tom Wolf on Feb. 17, 2015. He was nominated to a second term by Governor Wolf on May 18, 2016 and was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on June 29, 2016. 

On Oct. 20th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing to examine Pennsylvania dog laws, related legislation and animal welfare issues…The hearing will begin at 9AM – WATCH LIVE 

DCNR Seeking Applicants for 2021 Trail Advisory Committee…DCNR is accepting letters of interest and resumes for committee members to represent people with disabilities and snowmobiling user groups and fill three members-at-large positions. Members will serve a three-year term starting Friday, January 1, 2021. [Read more]

National Drug Take Back Day Set For Oct. 24th…. Pennsylvanians have an opportunity to safely and securely dispose of potentially addictive prescription medications at the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is set for Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations across the state.  [Click here for Drop Box Locations]

DCNR, PHEAA Offering Series of Workshops to Aid Applicants

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) have announced a series of free, online workshops for grant and student aid applicants.

DCNR:  Free of charge, the grants workshops will offer a sound introduction to the department’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, popularly known as “C2P2.” Also covered: land acquisitions, community park planning, community park development and trails.  Those in counties in the eastern third of the state should attend Wednesday, November 4. Those in central Pennsylvania should attend Thursday, November 12; in the west, Tuesday, November 17.  Although the workshops are free, pre-registration is required as space in each workshop is limited.

PHEAA:  Two college aid webinars are being offered by the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency in October and November for students and families planning for their higher ed budgets. One focuses on understanding financial aid offers, the other is on covering the gap in aid. Click here to register. 

Honoring Barbara & Spencer Davis, 2020 Sullivan County Chamber ‘Citizens of the Year’

Pictured L to R:  Candy Kaye Williams, Chamber Managing Director; Zack West, Chamber President; Rep. Pickett; Carol Ferrell, Chamber Treasurer; Spencer Davis; Barbara Davis; Senator Yaw

On Sunday, Oct. 11th, Rep. Pickett and I were pleased to join with the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce to honor Barbara and Spencer Davis as 2020 “Citizens of the Year” during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner at D&D Brew Works LLC in Laporte.  Congratulations to both!

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Article Submitted by Kimberly A. Smith | Safety Press Officer
PA Department of Transportation
Engineering District 3

With schools closing due to COVID 19, parents may have found themselves in the role of a Driver’s Education teacher for their teen student. If so, there are many online resources to help teach necessary skills and promote teen driver safety. Here are a few you may wish to check out:

  • Ford Driving Skills for Life, free online academy with short videos and quizzes that cover a wide variety of traffic safety including avoiding hazards, braking, distracted driving and more.
  • Impact Teen Drivers, video testimonials and valuable resources for parents,
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Teen Driver Source, supports families with free teen driver safety information and downloadable resources.
  • Keys2Drive, This AAA site includes interactive tools, an online parent session and a parent/teen contract for downloading.
  • PennDOT, the Travel in PA/Safety section includes information on Pennsylvania’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) Law among other teen driver safety tips and resource links.

Parents, remember to set a good example by driving the way you want your child to drive: avoid distractions, wear your seat belt, following the speed limit and never drive impaired.

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