Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Pennsylvanians Can Vote for a Better Emergency Declaration Process
  • May 11 Deadline for Primary Election Mail-in Ballot Applications
  • May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
  • New Deadline to Obtain REAL ID is May 3, 2023
  • Senate Gives Final Approval of Living Donor Protection Act
  • Monday Deadline: Funding Available to Strengthen PA Poultry and Livestock Farming
  • Give Your Opinion of Automated Vehicles in PA
  • National Nurses Week May 6-12
  • Around the 40th District

Pennsylvanians Can Vote for a Better Emergency Declaration Process

This primary election, voters have the opportunity to decide two proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would improve the way the state responds to future emergencies. Remember, ALL PA REGISTERED VOTERS, regardless of how they are registered (Independent, No Affiliation, Green Party, Libertarian, etc.) can cast a vote on these proposed amendments!

A YES at the ballot box means voters favor: 

  • Protecting the education of our children; 
  • Supporting small employers in our local communities; 
  • Prohibiting discrimination; and
  • Providing funding for fire companies.

The Wolf Administration has been widely criticized for wording the emergency response questions in a way that is deeply confusing and prejudicial. It’s important that voters understand what the proposed amendments would accomplish.

May 11 Deadline for Primary Election Mail-in Ballot Applications

The May 18 primary election is coming up quickly. Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board by Tuesday, May 11 at 5 p.m. to vote in the primary.

You must be registered to vote to request either ballot. You can check your registration status to review your registration information.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Did you know not all ticks carry Lyme disease? How do you know for sure??

East Stroudsburg University offers free tick testing to analyze the type of tick, whether it’s carrying Lyme or other tickborne diseases, and even an estimate of how long the tick has been attached.

It’s easy to take advantage of free testing. Simply remove the tick by carefully pulling it straight out with tweezers and then placing it in a bag; order the tick test online; and then mail the tick and your receipt to the lab for free testing. Once the university receives the tick, you’ll have your test results within three business days.

To learn more or to order a tick test, visit or click PA Tick Research Lab.

New Deadline to Obtain REAL ID is May 3, 2023

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed back the deadline to obtain a REAL ID from October 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to pandemic-related delays.

Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.

REAL IDs are now available to Pennsylvanians who want them. You can find applications and more here.

Senate Gives Final Approval of Living Donor Protection Act

Legislation to establish protections for living organ donors recently received final approval by the Senate and was enacted into law.

Living donors include those who donate kidneys, livers and other organs to save the lives of family members and others facing life-threatening illnesses.

Act 11 of 2021, the Living Donor Protection Act, prohibits insurers from declining or limiting coverage based solely on a person’s status as a living donor. It also requires the state Department of Health to provide public information on the benefits and impacts of live organ and tissue donation and protections granted to living donors.

Monday Deadline: Funding Available to Strengthen PA Poultry and Livestock Farming

State funding is available for research projects that will strengthen Pennsylvania poultry, swine, lamb, sheep and goat farming.

Proposals must be received by 11 a.m. on Monday, May 10. Details and applications can be accessed here.

The Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence, created by the General Assembly in 2019, supports projects to enhance biosecurity, diagnostic testing, veterinary telemedicine and other strategies to prevent, detect and manage animal diseases and protect the food supply.

Give Your Opinion of Automated Vehicles in PA


Pennsylvanians can take a survey seeking their understanding and opinions of Highly Automated Vehicles and their comfort sharing the road with them.

The survey comes from the Highly Automated Vehicles Advisory Committee. The panel was established by the General Assembly in 2018 to advise and consult PennDOT on developing technical guidance, evaluating best practices, and reviewing laws, regulations and policies related to these vehicles.

The survey doesn’t ask your name and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

National Nurses Week May 6-12

Even before the pandemic hit, nurses played a vital role in the delivery of health care. Over the last year, their contributions reached heroic proportions.

Nurses exposed themselves to a deadly virus on a daily basis, putting their health at risk to save the lives of others and keep our healthcare facilities running.

National Nurses Week goes through May 12, which was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. I hope you join me in recognizing the lifesaving, comforting roles nurses play in our healthcare system.

Around the 40th District

Congratulations to Linda, Randy Rice and the entire team at Mountain View Vineyards as we recently cut the ribbon on the all new Wine Bar & Tap Room. This new location is located at 95 Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg. Its is great to see a local small business continuing it’s growth in our community!

Over the weekend we congratulated two new Eagle Scouts in the 40th District.

Sunday afternoon, at the Upper Mount Bethel Community Park, we honored Zachary Lynch with a Senate citation in honor of him achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Zachary is a member of Troop 41 in Johnsonville. For his Eagle Scout project Zachary located and marked all the veteran’s graves in Plainfield cemetery. Congratulations Zachary!

Also on Sunday, we honored Cole Kiefer with a Senate citation at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony. Cole is a member of Boy Scout Troop #33 in Bath. For his Eagle Scout service project, Cole planned and coordinated the construction of wooden shelving units for St. John’s Lutheran Church on South 5th Street in Allentown, PA. In addition to the construction of the shelving units, he provided storage bins as part of his project and then organized and filed the church’s documents and materials. In addition to the Eagle Scout rank, Cole has earned a total of 35 merit badges, 14 more than what is required for the Eagle rank and thus earning him Bronze and Gold Eagle Palm awards. Congratulations Cole on this lifechanging achievement!

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