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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.
Letter Writing Campaign Kick-Off
Last week, the Legislature voted to restore funding to a number of programs that were vetoed by Governor Wolf in December, including critical funds for education, agriculture and rural hospitals.
The supplemental budget passed would increase state support for education by $200 million and restore much of the $6 billion in funding eliminated by the Governorís line-item vetoes. The $30.031 billion spending plan would utilize existing revenues without the need for a tax increase.
Iím urging residents in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties to write to the Governor directly. Be sure to contact the Governor and let him know you would like to see a completed 2015-16 budget.
Letters can be mailed to:
Governor Tom Wolf
Williamsport Kiwanis Club Meeting
During the recent meeting of the Williamsport Kiwanis Club, I had the opportunity to discuss passage of the fourth state budget by the PA Legislature. The Governor has already said that he will veto the proposal, which fully funds our schools, critical access hospitals and agriculture.
To read a recent Williamsport Sun Gazette story,
The Senate recently approved Senate Bill 1013 to let Pennsylvania employers adopt and use a veteransí preference employment policy. The bill would exempt employers with a written veteransí employment policy from violations of state and local equal employment opportunities law. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
To read more,
The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing to examine the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Pennsylvania. Among the topics discussed were the impact of drones on privacy and businesses, and legislation that would place a two-year Pennsylvania moratorium on the use of government unmanned aircraft.
To read more,
Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project
State Police and more than 235 local police departments will be participating in an Aggressive Driving Wave from March 21 to May 1, 2016. The focus is Speeding, Work Zones Safety and Keeping Right-Passing Left. Police will also be on the lookout for motorists driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive actions.
To read more,
PennDOT District 3-0 Recognized in Sullivan County
PennDOT Sullivan County Maintenance achieved 2,000 days without a disabling injury on December 6, 2015. They celebrated the milestone recently with PennDOT
Deputy Secretary Suzanne Itzko and Erik Houser of my office at their annual Safety Day.
Pa. Farmers Encouraged to Share Chesapeake Success Stories
With the Chesapeake Bay watershed on the mend on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, farmers in Pennsylvania are invited to participate in a survey to inventory conservation practices on their farms to help show the progress that has been made.
Pennsylvania farmers have done much to improve water quality and soil health. Yet, many of the conservation practices that farmers have implemented are not accounted for in tracking progress toward priority water quality goals, including cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. This is especially true where farmers have implemented practices on their own initiative, using their own means to do so.
The survey period closes on April 30, 2016. For more information or to take the survey,
Popular Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
Calendar of Events
Project Bald Eagle to Hold Heroin Symposium
Who: Project Bald Eagle
When: Wednesday, March 23 at 7 PM
Where: Community Arts Center, 220 West 4th Street,
Local Veterans Town Hall
Who: Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Leadership and Program staff
When: Thursday, March 31 at 5 PM
Where: American Legion Post 1,
10 East Third Street,
Confronting the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania
Click here for a copy of the Agenda for Hearing 1 Ė Bradford, PA
Who: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors
When: Friday, April 1 at 9:30 AM
Where: University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, The Bromeley Theatre, Blaisdell Hall (Campus Map)
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Senate Box 203023
362 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3023
330 Pine Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
1 Elizabeth Street
Towanda, PA 18848