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December 28, 2020
Let’s Get Things Straight
At the outset, and in the interest of full disclosure, I will state that I voted for Donald Trump every time his name was on the ballot. I also supported his campaign financially. Do I like the fact that the candidate I supported lost – NO. Nevertheless, our system requires that, as a citizen, I respect the laws of this state and country.
Since the November 3rd election, I have been told that “I am not a Patriot.” I am a military veteran and, of course, that previous comment came from a person who has never carried a weapon in the defense of this country. I have been told “I do not understand the law.” I am a lawyer, and, of course, that previous comment came from a non-lawyer. I have been told that “I do not understand the importance of the state legislature in the election process.” I am a fairly senior member of the Pennsylvania Senate and, of course, that comment was made by a person who has never served in any elected office. One misinformed soul even pontificated that it was clear I was “not running for office again.” Of course, they fail to recognize that I have not yet been sworn into the term for which I was just re-elected. A final threat I received is that if I don’t agree with those who don’t like the election results “I can guarantee you that you will never be re-elected to any other office again.” Ironically, that comment came from a disgruntled citizen from Iowa. For the record – I do not plan to run for office in Iowa.
Whether any of these misinformed comments mean anything is a question I will leave to my constituents. Pending that, however, I will explain what my background and experience tell me about the November 3rd election and where we stand today. For those who want to take the time to understand, hopefully this will help to close this issue and move us on to matters which need our undivided attention. For the minority who think they have all the answers and disregard any facts contrary to their belief, this will do nothing.
There are two primary issues raised about the election. One is that there is “widespread fraud and irregularities” in the election. The second is that under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution…[ continue reading]
Pennsylvania Lawmakers to be Sworn into New Term Jan. 5th, 2021
Both the PA House and Senate will have Republican majorities again heading into the new 2021-2022 legislative session. The new session is set to begin on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 12 noon in the Senate Chamber, Harrisburg.
Looking ahead, I have already begun to circulate co-sponsorship memos on a number of important local and statewide issues that include, and are not limited to the following:
I will be working to address many more important issues during the 2021-2022 session and have already co-sponsored a number of other important bills introduced by my Senate colleagues. To learn more, click here.
105th “Virtual” PA Farm Show Schedule Announced
Traditionally held in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, the PA Department of Agriculture announced a move to a “virtual PA Farm Show” this year as Pennsylvania continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show will take place from January 9-16, 2021. Pennsylvanians are invited to experience all that agriculture has to offer through a variety of virtual events that will be featured on social media and through the Pennsylvania Cable Network, as well as a vast range of virtual education exhibits that will live on the web starting Saturday, January 9, 2021.
In Case You Missed It…
Lycoming County Economic Development Project Receives $2 million RACP Grant…The project, located in the City of Williamsport, will play an integral role in enhancing Lycoming County’s existing foundation as an international home to youth baseball and softball. [Read More]
State Grant Awarded to Lycoming College… Once complete, the College facility will provide new classroom space, a 4,000 sq. ft. rehearsal hall, two large and eight small practice rooms, faculty offices, conference room, student collaboration space, and space for support services. [Read More]
$1 Million Secured for Porter Twp. Business Expansion Project… At the core of the project is a state-of-the-art manufacturing, product-packaging and shipping enterprise that will help position Lycoming County as one of the state’s leaders in the nations craft beer industry. [Read More]
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Grants Available
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for the Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program.
Grants of up to $545,000 are available for state and local governments, universities, non-profit health care systems, and community and faith-based organizations.
The grants should be used to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18) and transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance use disorders, and their families. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for New Year’s Holiday
PennDOT today announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Additionally, the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, which is only open for motor vehicle transactions, will close at 12:30 PM on Thursday, December 31. Driver license and photo center locations will close at 12:15 PM on Thursday, December 31.
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.