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College & Career Fair April 25

On April 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., I am hosting a College & Career Fair at Nazareth Area High School (501 E. Center Street, Nazareth).

This event is specifically geared toward high school students looking to further their education at college or in the skilled trades.

We have 46 exhibitors registered so far and representatives from many PA-based colleges and technical schools who will be in attendance. Please reference the flyer for more information.

The Fair includes a special Financial Aid Review session at 6 p.m. for parents and students to learn the ins and outs of paying for higher education. For a list of exhibitors and to register, please visit www.senatorscavello.com/learn-more.


This week I was pleased to welcome a group of Social Work students from East Stroudsburg University and Northampton Community College to Harrisburg. We met as part of the National Association of Social Workers – PA Chapter’s Legislative Education & Advocacy Day. I appreciated the constructive and thoughtful conversation.


A special congratulations to Jonas Rivera of Troop 89 who was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. I have known Jonas and his family throughout the years and have seen him grow into an impressive young man. For his service project, Jonas refurbished the Stations of the Cross and memorial benches at Monsignor McHugh school in Cresco. You should be very proud of this accomplishment, Jonas, and I wish you and your family all the best as you continue to serve our community!


I consider it one of the greatest privileges as a legislator to host students from my district in Harrisburg for the opportunity to serve as a shadow or a guest page. These experiences give students a more comprehensive understanding of the legislative process, issue advocacy and representative government.

This week I hosted guest page Brooke Bond, a fifth grader from NASD Nazareth Area Intermediate School. Brooke is active in several activities including sports, her Girl Scout Troop, the BPOE Antler Club (a junior Elk program) and loves all things outdoors. She has a very bright future.

I also hosted Tanner Beruta and his friend, Zachary, at the Capitol. Tanner is a senior at Northampton Area High School and aspires toward a career in law enforcement as a PA State Police trooper. While in Harrisburg, he had the opportunity to tour the Capitol Police Department meet with Senator Boscola and Rep. Marcia Hahn.


Bill to Expand CPR Training in Schools Approved by Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation I’m co-sponsoring to save lives through greater education and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Senate Bill 115 would strengthen academic guidelines in schools for CPR training in grades nine through 12, while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum.

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals each year, and there is a less than 10 percent survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest. If enacted, Pennsylvania would become the 39th state with such CPR legislation. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Vehicles

The Senate approved legislation on Monday that provides immunity to individuals who rescue children who have been left unattended in hot cars.

Senate Bill 49 extends “Good Samaritan” civil liability to a person who — in an effort to save a child — breaks a window or forcibly enters a parked, locked vehicle. The bill is named in memory of the 49 children who died last year from vehicular heatstroke.

The law would bring Pennsylvania in line with 20 other states that give immunity to bystanders who help children locked in hot vehicles. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Other Bills Approved by the Senate and sent to House

House Bill 18 authorizes the release of Project 70 restrictions on lands owned by the Borough of Topton, Berks County, in exchange for the imposition of the restrictions on other lands to be acquired by the borough. The bill also provides for land conveyances in Chester, Lehigh and Monroe counties. The bill returns to the House of Representatives for concurrence on Senate amendments.

Senate Bill 86 amends the Newborn Protection Act to add urgent care centers to the list of “safe havens” where a parent may surrender a newborn.

Senate Bill 127 reauthorizes Pennsylvania’s 911 Law, which is set to expire on June 30, 2019.

Senate Bill 298 transfers “Stolen Valor” fines to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund. 

Committee Roundup&

Appropriations

Senate Bill 115 integrates CPR instruction into existing curriculum for grades 9-12.

Senate Bill 127 reauthorizes Pennsylvania’s 911 Law.

Senate Bill 298 transfers “Stolen Valor” fines to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund.

Senate Bill 372 updates the state History Code.

Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure

Senate Bill 25 modernizes the Professional Nursing Law for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Senate Bill 112 limits prescriptions for a controlled substance containing an opioid to seven days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patients’ health or safety at risk.

Senate Bill 217 removes Philadelphia’s exemption from the Assessors Certification Act of 1992.

Finance

Senate Bill 83 exempts volunteer fire companies from paying sales tax on food and beverages sold for fundraising efforts.

Senate Bill 471 establishes a sales and use tax exemption for certain equipment purchased by data centers and their tenants.
Judiciary

Senate Bill 123 limits parole re-application for sexually violent offenders.

Senate Bill 149 amends the state Constitution to create a crime victims’ “Bill of Rights.” Since the measure is a Constitutional amendment it must be approved by the Senate and House during two sessions before it can go to the voters. It was approved during the 2017-18 Legislative Session as Senate Bill 1011.

Senate Bill 337 establishes sextortion as a specific criminal offense with consequences comparable to other sexual offenses.

Senate Bill 396 prohibits the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems and alternative nicotine products to minors.

Senate Bill 399 provides for a comprehensive bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault.

Senate Bill 425 amends Pennsylvania’s Crime Victims Act to allow victims to attend the entirety of criminal trials.

Senate Bill 431 shields rape victims from irrelevant cross examination.

Senate Bill 469 addresses testimony by those with intellectual disabilities or autism.

Senate Bill 479 expands the Tender Years Exception for out-of-court statements to include additional serious sexual offenses.

Local Government

Senate Bill 110 amends the Home Rule Law.

House Bill 264 adds fiscal procedures for the collection of monies by municipal authorities.

House Bill 275 changes the name of the “Early Intervention Program” under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act to the “Strategic Management Planning Program.”

Senate Bill 316 allows newly elected Second Class Township Supervisors to attend conferences, institutes, schools and conventions prior to officially taking office.

Senate Bill 317 amends the Second Class Township Code regarding mandatory annual budget requirements.

State Government

The committee held a public hearing on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s intention to decertify all election machines statewide prior to the elections of 2020. Counties must then replace those machines with expensive new machines.

Hearing Video & Written Testimony

Transportation

Senate Bill 109 requires passengers of a vehicle to render aid to anyone injured in an accident.

Senate Bill 338 increases the allowable width for farm equipment on roads.

Senate Bill 397 designates the interchange of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, Pennsylvania Route 43 and U.S. Route 119 in Fayette County as the Senator Richard A. Kasunic Interchange.

Senate Bill 441 designates the State Route 2087 bridge over the East Branch Codorus Creek in York County as the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge.

Urban Affairs & Housing

Senate Bill 30 creates a state housing tax credit.

Senate Bill 174 provides for the tax sale of abandoned properties.

Senate Bill 309 creates First-time Homebuyers Savings Accounts.

Veterans & Military Affairs

The committee held a public hearing Monday on the impact of Act 23 of 2015. The law was enacted to ensure that a service member’s military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials. The aim was to prevent the duplication of training and education of a veteran and get them into a civilian career faster. The hearing explored whether addition legislation is necessary.

Hearing Video & Written Testimony

Up Next

The Senate returns to voting session on Monday, April 8 at 1 p.m. You can watch session live at SenatorScavello.com.

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