|I recently joined State Representative Joe Emrick in recognizing the grand opening of Little Corner Café in downtown Bangor. Congratulations to the owners, Gary and Sherry Haycock, on preserving the historical character of the Café and investing in the local community. Best wishes in the years ahead!|
During these winter months, please ensure all your family members are kept warm and are not left tethered outside in the cold. As part of an effort to prevent cruelty to animals, local law enforcement will be on the lookout for animals left out during dangerous and severe weather conditions.
I want to extend a sincere thank you to PennDOT, our municipal workers, EMS services, fire companies, and police officers for their critical role in keeping the roads of the 40th Senate District safe and clear during this most recent winter storm. Your tireless efforts and time spent assisting residents and responding to crises is greatly appreciated throughout our community.
The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to reduce the size of the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 153 would reduce the number of seats in the House from 203 to 151, with each district representing approximately 84,500 constituents. Currently, each representative is responsible for serving approximately 62,000 residents.
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 of Pennsylvania.
Similar legislation reducing both legislative chambers was recently approved by the Senate State Government Committee. Senate Bill 488 would reduce the Senate to 45 districts and the House of Representatives to 153 districts.
The Special Committee on Senate Address issued its recommendations Wednesday to the full Senate on whether the chamber should proceed to vote on the removal of Attorney General Kathleen Kane due to the suspension of her law license.
The Committee recommended:
The Special Committee on Senate Address was charged with determining whether Kathleen Kane can fulfill the legal duties of the office with an indefinitely suspended law license. A complete history of the Committee’s work, including all votes, reports, testimony and hearing videos can be accessed at www.senateaddress.pasen.gov
Two bills to remove outdated provisions from state law received final legislative approval this week and were sent to the Governor for his signature and enactment.
Senate Bill 494 repeals a requirement that the General Assembly be furnished with a printed copy of an annual report required under the Flood Insurance Education and Information Act of 1996. The written report is not needed since that information and other flood-related insurance data are available online at the Department of Insurance website.
House Bill 1201 repeals Act 131 of 1943, which authorized the Department of Highways or municipalities to adopt and take over public roads and highways constructed by the federal government in the exercise of war power. That law is archaic because the federal government no longer builds World War II roads.
On the second Tuesday of each month, the American Legion holds a Veterans Assistance Day at our Tannersville district office.
The next Veterans Assistance Day is February 9. 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 570-620-4326.
Please join me Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 on “Gary in the Morning” in the car, at work, or in your home. Call in to ask your questions at 7 a.m.
You can listen online here.
The Senate returns to voting session on Monday, February 8. You can watch session live at PASenateGOP.com.
If you find this e-newsletter useful, I invite you to visit my website www.MarioScavello.com for more information about your state government.
Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123
Fax: (717) 772-3695
Monroe County Office
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone: (570) 620-4326
FAX: (570) 620-4379
Monday - Friday
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Northampton County Office
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone: (610) 863-1200
FAX: (610) 863-1214
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.