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Senator Gene Yaw

Monday, June 1, 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


Happening This Week

This Week:  The State Senate Returns to Voting Session

Senate Session Live

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

Those expected to offer testimony during today’s hearing include: Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Acting Secretary Eileen McNulty, Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel, representatives from the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pennsylvania Grade Crude Coalition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and the Commonwealth Foundation.

To view the Agenda, click here.

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

On Tuesday, June 2nd, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing to consider the nomination of John E. Wetzel as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. The hearing will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol East Wing.

To view other Senate Standing Committee Meetings/Hearings, click here.

Legislative Program

Preview: Touring the International Harvester Collectors Museum, Central PA Chapter

IHC Museum Promo

(For more pictures, click here.)

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

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month


Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month intended to bring attention to the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Today, nearly one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Nearly two thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease are women.

Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and loss of bodily functions.

Awareness and information related to funding, mental and cognitive fitness, ethical care and support, support for family and non-professional caregivers, workforce retention and development, and on-going research are a click away. Access Pennsylvania’s additional information and resources for both the patient and the caregiver.

Groundbreakings in Lycoming County

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at WAHS's STA Stadium

WASH StA Stadium Groundbreaking

[From left is WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe; WASD Education Foundation President Trey Phillips; State Rep. Jeff Wheeland; Matt Wright, general manager for Eastern PA for Student Transportation of America, Inc.; Senator Gene Yaw; School Board President Lori Baer; and Superintendent Dr. Don Adams.]

On Thursday, May 28, I joined the Williamsport Area School District (WASD) for a groundbreaking ceremony that will initiate renovations to STA Stadium at the Williamsport Area High School athletic complex.

The ceremony marked a milestone in the WASD Education Foundation's “Return to Glory” capital campaign, a community effort to restore and upgrade the deteriorating 43-year-old high school stadium.

Compass Natural Gas Breaks Ground for CNG Terminal

CNG Terminal Groundbreaking

[From left Jason Fink of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce; Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare; Sen. Yaw, Hoon Wan, Compass Natural Gas CEO; Rep. Garth Everett and Rep. Jeff Wheeland]

On Friday, May 29, I joined Compass Natural Gas for the groundbreaking of their CNG Quaker Terminal in Montoursville. The groundbreaking is part of Compass' overall mission to get “more PA gas to more PA people” in areas of our region that aren’t serviced by natural gas.

Department of Health Update

The Susquehanna County State Health Center will be conducting a FREE Blood Pressure Clinic on
June 4, 2015 at:

Susquehanna County State Health Center
157 Spruce Street, Suite 2
Montrose, PA  18801
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please contact the Health Center at (570) 278-3889 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Chamber News

Jersey Shore Chamber Discussion Held

Senator Yaw, Rebecca Barrows, Craig Harris

[Sen. Yaw joins Rebecca Barrows, recipient of the 2015 Jersey Shore Area Chamber of Commerce FBLA Scholarship & Craig Harris, Chair of Jersey Shore Area Chamber]

On Thursday, May 28, I joined members of the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on Governor Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal. Other topics of discussion included Governor Wolf’s executive nominations and a state severance tax on natural gas. During the meeting, I was also able to congratulate Rebecca Barrows who is the recipient of the 2015 Jersey Shore Area Chamber of Commerce FBLA Scholarship.

Congratulations Rebecca!

School Visit

Myers Elementary Visits the State Capitol Building

Myers Elementary School

(Click on photo to enlarge)

On May 28, 4th grade students and teachers from Myers Elementary School in Muncy, Lycoming County, visited the State Capitol Building.

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