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Senator Gene Yaw

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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, Susquehanna 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


On the Horizon

Committee Meeting/Upcoming Public Hearing Schedule

Pennsylvania Senate Chamber

On Monday, June 1st, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a joint Senate hearing with the Senate Finance Committee to discuss Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas, as well as its impact on the Commonwealth. The hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building. Watch LIVE

On Tuesday, June 2nd, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing to consider the nomination of John Quigley as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building. Watch LIVE


Legislative Program

Preview: Touring the International Harvester Collectors Museum

IHC Museum Promo

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On June 1st, a 'Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw' tours the International Harvester Collectors Museum located in Millville, PA.

The program airs on: Blue Ridge Communications/Mansfield - Channel 13; CATV - Channel 8; Time Warner, Sayre; Adams Cable Service, Channel 7; Comcast/Williamsport - Click On Demand/Get Local/Local Government/State Senate/A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw.

Please check local listings for air times.

A 'Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw' is intended to keep residents of the 23rd Senatorial District, which consists of Lycoming, Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, informed about state and local issues and to showcase the people, places and communities that make this area so unique.

The full television report will also be available online at


Student Government Seminar

2015 Student Government Seminar Held;
Peggy Madigan Scholarship Awarded to Jersey Shore Student

Senator Gene Yaw Student Government SeminarOn Thursday, May 21st, I held my annual student government seminar on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Over 300 participants took part in one of Pennsylvania’s largest student government events.

During the event, Sapphire Naugle of Jersey Shore High School was presented with the 2015-16 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Sapphire serves as a volunteer at the local Love Center, and she helps organize local American Red Cross blood drives with the Technology Student Association at Jersey Shore Area High School.

She is also a Relay for Life volunteer and participant. Her extracurricular activities include marching band, jazz band, Manufacturing Club (treasurer), Technology Student Association and the swim team.

Sapphire Naugle, Senator Gene Yaw, Robb DietrichSapphire has led several service projects including a “shoe box drive” for the Samaritan’s Purse international relief organization, which distributes boxes of Christmas gifts to children worldwide. She also participated in a Manufacturing Club sandwich fundraiser benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

(Right: Sapphire Naugle is awarded the 2015 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship by state Sen. Gene Yaw (left) and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.)

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CRP Update

Research Explores Career Satisfaction,
Future Plans of Rural Health Center Workforce

A number of studies have called attention to the growing need for health care professionals, especially primary care physicians, in Pennsylvania in the near future.

For rural Pennsylvania, health care professional shortages are nothing new. In fact, research sponsored by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP) and conducted by Mansfield University in the early 1990s documented Health Professional Shortage and Medically Underserved Areas in Pennsylvania. The federal Department of Health and Human Services officially approved these designations following the release of that research, and these designations helped rural areas get access to more health care professionals through loan forgiveness programs.

Over the years, however, rural areas still struggled with attracting and retaining health care professionals, and more recent research sponsored by the Center indicates that health care worker job dissatisfaction and potential retirement could intensify shortages in the future.

To read more, click here.


Touring SUN Tech

Visit to Sun Area Technical Institute

Senator Gene Yaw/SUN Tech Tour

On Wednesday, May 20th, I had the opportunity to tour Sun Area Technical Institute in New Berlin, Union County. SUN Tech provides technical education in 18 high-demand careers to both high school and adult learners. Serving Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove, and Shikellamy school districts, SUN Tech trains an average of 250 high school students and 200 adult learners annually. Thank you SUN Area Technical Institute for an exciting visit!

Senator Gene Yaw/SUN Tech Tour

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New CIL Office Hours

News from the Northeast Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living

Representatives from the Center for Independent Living will be holding office hours on the first and second Thursdays of each month at the Sullivan County Courthouse, Laporte.

Hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Persons with disabilities are invited to call (570) 946-8751 or simply walk-in.

Services provided are peer mentoring, skills training, advocacy and information & referral. These services are free to the community.

The Center also has a Service Coordinator from its Medicaid Waiver program available for office hours.


Capitol School Visit

Wyalusing Valley Elementary Visits the State Capitol Building

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