In this Edition:
- Delay of Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement Sent to
- Bill Provides Options for Schools to Meet State 180-Day
- Committee Approves Scavello Bill Defining Three-Wheeled
- Committee Approves Bill Reducing General Assembly Size
- Scavello, American Legion Offer Monthly Veterans Assistance
Days at Tannersville District Office
- Join Senator Scavello on Pocono 96.7 Every Thursday
- Delay of Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement Sent to
Delay of Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement Sent to Governor
The Senate concurred Wednesday on House amendments to legislation delaying
the graduation requirement associated with the state’s end-of-course tests.
Senate Bill 880, which I co-sponsored, delays the implementation of the
Keystone Exams (algebra, biology and literature) as a graduation requirement
until the 2018-2019 school year. It now goes to the Governor for his signature
and enactment into law.
I have opposed the use of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement for
years. Although SB 880 does not propose to get rid of the graduation
requirement, only delay its implementation, I view the legislation as a positive
step forward in our efforts to reduce the amount of time students spend on
preparing for tests, the actual assessments and any post-remediation that is
With that said, I think it’s important for us to acknowledge that while this
legislation technically provides a two-year delay in the graduation requirement,
in practice it’s only one year. Thousands of high schoolers are halfway through
their junior year.
I wish we could have passed SB 880 over the summer so these students wouldn’t
have lost out on valuable educational opportunities that enrich their lives and
drive their enthusiasm for learning. I hope that as we examine whether the
graduation requirement should stand for 2019, we don’t make this same mistake
Bill Provides Options for Schools to Meet State
The Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that would give schools greater
flexibility to meet the state’s 180-day requirements for classroom instruction
after emergency and weather-related closings.
House Bill 158 would provide potential scheduling options for school
entities facing extended closings that include a school year with a minimum
number of hours of instruction, in lieu of the 180-day requirement, and
approving additional instruction days on not more than one Saturday a month.
The bill returns to the House of Representatives for concurrence on Senate
The Senate also approved and sent to the House
Senate Bill 936, which provides for a one-time fee of $50
to cover the employer’s costs in setting up the wage garnishment to comply with
the enforcement of a child support order.
Committee Approves Scavello Bill Defining
Legislation I sponsored to establish a legal definition for increasingly
popular, three-wheeled “autocycles” was unanimously approved Wednesday by the
Senate Transportation Committee.
Senate Bill 1108 will make clearer the distinction between these newly
developed three-wheeled vehicles with two forward wheels and the more
recognizable three-wheeled, trike-style motorcycles which have been around for
many years. Models of the newer vehicles include the Tanom Motors “Invader” and
the Polaris “Slingshot.”
Specifically, the legislation will define these vehicles as an autocycle and
register and title them by creating a special designation under the existing
This effort will help to clarify crash reporting statistics, assist law
enforcement with determining which laws to enforce, and ultimately, provide a
safer environment on the road. Additionally, under this legislation the
autocycle would be operated with a motor vehicle license instead of a motorcycle
license, due to the likeness in vehicle configuration and driving experience
with a traditional motor vehicle.
The measure was sent to the full Senate for consideration.
Committee Approves Bill Reducing General Assembly
The Senate State Government Committee approved legislation that would reduce
the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Senate Bill 488, which would decrease the Senate from 50 to 45 Senatorial
Districts and the House of Representatives from 203 to 153 districts. The
proposed change requires an amendment to the state constitution, which means the
same bill must be debated and passed by both the House and Senate in two
consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people
The committee also approved
House Bill 153, a Constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 153 members, and
House Bill 1484, legislation to further preserve Soldiers’ Grove, located
across the street from the Capitol Complex.
All three bills now go to the full Senate for consideration.
here to watch the meeting and review testimony.
Scavello, American Legion Offer Monthly Veterans
Assistance Days at Tannersville District Office
On the second Tuesday of each month, the American Legion holds a Veterans
Assistance Day at our Tannersville district office.
The district office is located at 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 in Tannersville.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a service officer with the American Legion
Pennsylvania Department will be on site to assist veterans with issues
including: compensation and pension claims, education benefits, enrollment in
the VA health care system, burial and survivor benefits, state benefits, and
obtaining military personnel and medical records.
Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these
services. Please contact the Tannersville office to schedule an appointment at
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