In this Update:
Beginning a New Term, New Legislative Session
This week I had the honor of being sworn in for my second term as State Senator for the 40th Senatorial District of Monroe and Northampton counties. It was a privilege to have my family and many friends and supporters join me for the ceremony in the State Capitol building. I am humbled by your continued support and look forward to working together over the next four years on behalf of our communities.
As the new legislative session gets underway, many bills are currently being introduced or reintroduced in the Senate. I have already been added as a prime sponsor of school property tax elimination legislation and I plan to also re-introduce my elimination proposal in the near future. There are many issues I am working on, including legislation to bolster economic development and job creation; continue improving our roads and bridges; enhance the tourism industry; diversify our energy portfolio through solar energy; improve prevention and treatment of tick-borne illness; and address critical environmental issues including the land application of sewage sludge and contaminated fill material.
I will provide you with regular updates as we continue to progress on these various issues in the weeks and months ahead and I welcome your feedback on any area of concern to you.
Farm Show Kicks Off Saturday
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show begins Saturday and runs through January 12 at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
It includes thousands of exhibits and animal competitions, plus delicious food, providing insight into a $135 billion industry that employs more than a half-million Pennsylvanians. This year‘s theme, “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story,” will celebrate the ways in which agriculture has impacted the lives of Pennsylvanians for centuries.
Here’s some information to help you plan a visit. It includes a schedule, maps, what’s new, where to stay and tips for getting around, as well as ideas for other things to do while in the area.
January 9 is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is an opportunity to recognize the work done every day by the men and women in uniform to enforce the laws and keep the peace. It’s a difficult, dangerous calling, and absolutely vital to civil society.
In 2018, 148 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty across the U.S., including five in Pennsylvania. Thank you, law enforcement officers in the 40th Senatorial District and across America, for everything you do.
New Law Allows Pets to be Rescued from Cars
Dogs and cats in imminent danger from temperature extremes while left in an unattended motor vehicle may now be rescued, according to Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act signed into law on October 24. The measure passed in the Senate unanimously on October 17.
After a reasonable search by law enforcement and safety professionals for the vehicle’s owner, Act 104 of 2018 permits rescue of an endangered pet, without fear of liability for damages to the vehicle or its contents as a result of the effort. Following the rescue, a note is required to inform the vehicle owner where to pick up their pet.
Contact your local police or call the County Humane Society Police Officer to provide the animal’s location, date and time, description of the vehicle and animal, and the animal’s condition. Pennsylvania becomes one of 28 states passing “Good Samaritan” laws that protect animals from being left in hot cars.
Extended Deadline for PennDOT High School Innovation Challenge
High schools now have until Jan. 25 to submit ideas for PennDOT’s Innovation Challenge.
The challenge this year is: Aside from laws and educational campaigns, what cost-effective, innovative solution can be developed in the next five to 10 years to get drivers to slow down in work zones?
Winning teams will be picked regionally, then statewide.
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