Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Honoring Those Who Gave All this Memorial Day
  • Senate Approves Regulatory Reform Measures to Spur Job Creation
  • ATC Trail to Town Family Jamboree
  • Measures Aimed at Improving Broadband Access Approved
  • Reminder: Changes Coming to Unemployment Compensation System Next Week
  • Work Search Requirement for Unemployment Benefits to Resume
  • First 2021 “Fish for Free Day” is May 30
  • Tips for Safe Boating
  • Around the 40th

Honoring Those Who Gave All this Memorial Day

2021 - Memorial Day Message

I hope you will join me in taking time this weekend to remember our fellow citizens who gave their lives for our nation. Even with everything that has occurred throughout the last year, we can say we live in the greatest nation on earth. Our independence was hard-won, and defended by those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us never forget what they did for us.

Senate Approves Regulatory Reform Measures to Spur Job Creation

With Pennsylvania’s employment rate lagging behind those of other states emerging from the pandemic, the Senate approved several bills this week to rein in job-stifling regulations.

The bills increase legislative oversight of a process too often influenced by unelected bureaucrats, adding special scrutiny for the costliest proposed regulations. 

  • Senate Bill 28 – Ensures transparency in permitting. The bill would require all agencies that issue permits to post information about the permits on an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.
  • Senate Bill 126 – Provides for an automatic review after three years of all regulations with an economic impact or cost to the Commonwealth, local governments and the private sector exceeding $1 million.
  • Senate Bill 426 – Provides additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process. The goal of the legislation is to ensure state agencies are implementing the law and not trying to make the laws themselves.
  • Senate Bill 520 – States that no regulation with an economic impact or cost to the Commonwealth, local governments and the private sector exceeding $1 million can be imposed without approval of the General Assembly.

The bills were sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

ATC Trail to Town Family Jamboree – June 19th

This year I will again partner with Wind Gap Borough to hold the ATC Trail to Town Family Jamboree. The event will be held on Saturday, June 19th from Noon until 3 p.m. at Wind Gap Park. I hope you can join us for all the family fun and vendors!

Measures Aimed at Improving Broadband Access Approved

The Senate approved two measures aimed at bringing high-speed broadband service to more areas of Pennsylvania.

One bill would remove regulatory barriers to broadband deployment for landline telecommunications providers. The legislation would require the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to waive certain regulations, review regulations every three years and eliminate those that are no longer necessary or in the public interest.

A second measure would fund access to broadband by using revenue from renting excess wireless capacity on towers, land, and assets owned by the Commonwealth. The bills were sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Reminder: Changes Coming to Unemployment Compensation System Next Week

The state’s Unemployment Compensation system will complete a major upgrade next week that will require changes in the way that claimants will file for benefits. It is critical for claimants to understand the timeline and new process to file for benefits to avoid any interruption in payments.

The Unemployment Compensation system will be offline from May 30 through June 7 to allow data to be moved from the old system to the new one. No new claims will be processed during this time, and some services will not be accessible during this time. Claimants who are eligible to file a bi-weekly claim from June 3-7 can file May 30 through June 2.

Beginning on June 8, claimants must file for benefits and initial claims at benefits.uc.pa.gov following the same schedule as before. There will no longer be paper forms available; claimants will be required to create a Keystone ID to log into the new UC system. Claimants will still be able to file by phone starting June 10.

More information is available on the Department of Labor and Industry’s FAQ page.

Work Search Requirement for Unemployment Benefits to Resume

The Department of Labor and Industry announced that work search requirements for individuals receiving unemployment benefits will restart the week of July 11, with individuals to begin certifying on July 18 that they have looked for work during the previous week.

As pandemic business closures rocked the job market last year, the department suspended the requirement that claimants actively search for work and register with the PA CareerLink database. In January, without legislative approval or input, the department then extended the suspension indefinitely.

With the pandemic easing and employers desperate for workers, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee approved legislation to reinstate the job search and CareerLink requirements earlier. The bill was sent to the full Senate for consideration.

First 2021 “Fish for Free Day” is May 30

Pennsylvania’s Fish for Free Days are scheduled for May 30 and July 4 this year. They allow residents and non-residents to fish on PA waterways with no fishing license, trout/salmon permit or Lake Erie permit required. All other fishing regulations still apply.

It’s a great opportunity for families to try their hand at a new outdoor activity. Learn about where to borrow fishing tackle, where the best fishing waters are, and more, here.

Tips for Safe Boating

This is National Safe Boating Week, time for some friendly reminders on how to have fun on the water this summer: wear a lifejacket, check the weather forecast, let someone know you’re heading out, and don’t drink and boat.

You can find everything you need to know about boating in PA, including boat titling/registering, boating basics, regulations, safety courses and more here.

Around the 40th District

This past Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of officiating the wedding of Frank and Keri DeNora. The bride and groom held a beautiful small gathering in Keri’s mother’s back yard in Stroud Township. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

 

Also on Saturday, Exciting day of Eagle Scout Ceremonies for Graham and Matthew; Gold Award Ceremony for Jocelyn Pellegrino and Certificate of Recognitions for Silver and Bronze Awards with the Girl Scouts of America of the Nazareth Girl Scout Service Unit. Congratulations to our future leaders!

Last week, we attended the 2021 Annual Scholarship Awards put on by the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce. Each year the Chamber awards four local students with a scholarship as they move on to continue their education at a college, university, or trade-school. Pictured are this year’s recipients (Left to right holding certificates):

Alexandria Carson – Bangor High School
Tyler Taylor – Pen Argyl High School
Jace Keenhold – Pen Argyl High School
Houston Shoup – Career Institute of Technology

Congratulations to you all and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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