In this Update:
Rally Against Tolling Interstate Bridges Set for June 8
Lawmakers and representatives of local communities will take part in a June 8 Capitol rally against the Wolf administration’s plan to toll nine interstate bridges.
The bridge tolling initiative will cost the average commuter an additional $1,000 per year and was moved through the process without legislative input or approval. Commonwealth Court recently halted the plan, siding with a county and several municipalities that challenged the plan as unconstitutional. The administration has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
The administration’s plan would add tolls to the following bridges:
The Senate approved Senate Bill 382 to halt the tolling and require more transparency in the Public-Private Partnership process, which produced the tolling plan. Gov. Tom Wolf has threatened to veto the measure. The rally will be held June 8 at 10 a.m. and streamed live at PASenateGOP.com and Facebook.com/PASenateGOP.
Senate Committee Acts to Protect Women’s Sports
Legislation to protect women’s sports in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate Education Committee and sent to the full Senate for consideration.
Under House Bill 972, an athletic team or sport designated for females, women or girls may not be open to biological males. In addition, a student deprived of an athletic opportunity would be able to file a lawsuit against the offending college or high school.
More than a dozen states passed similar legislation after women’s sports organizations were pressured to allow biological males to compete on their teams.
Bills of Note Approved by Senate Committees
Other bills approved by Senate committees include:
Senate Bill 643, approved by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to allow club licensees to retain more of their proceeds from small games of chance while maintaining charitable donation requirements.
Senate Bill 1147, approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, increases penalties on construction companies that fail to use the federal E-Verify system to verify the legal employment eligibility of new hires.
Senate Bill 1183, approved by the Senate Transportation Committee, provides law enforcement new tools to crack down on the illegal operation of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles on public roads.
Preparing for America’s Semiquincentennial
Planning for America’s 250th birthday in 2026 would be aided by legislation approved by the Senate to help fund Pennsylvania’s celebratory efforts.
Senate Bill 1186 would allocate a portion of the fee from the sale of the special USA semiquincentennial registration plate to the Pennsylvania Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial.
Scammers are Targeting Student Loan Borrowers
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency warns that recent reports about potential broad-based federal loan forgiveness and other changes to student loan programs are creating opportunities for scammers to target student loan borrowers.
One of the recent scams attempts to convince borrowers that there are new student loan rules in place that require immediate action. Scammers typically promise unrealistic amounts of loan forgiveness, offer short cuts to loan forgiveness, or try to get a borrower’s Federal Student Aid ID or other personal information and then rush them into paying immediately.
Scammers will often use the U.S. Department of Education’s name and seal to give it legitimacy.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
June 6 is the Anniversary of D-Day
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.” — Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, on the eve of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944
More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard march across Europe, to defeat occupying German troops. We must never forget the brave, young men who confronted a danger few can imagine in the name of liberty.
Around the 40th District
Monday was a somber, yet hopeful day as we joined in honoring the lives of those who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedoms. It was a privilege to join in ceremonies throughout the 40th District. I do my best to get to as many as I can over the weekend.
Our hearts are with those who have lost loved ones on the battlefield and we thank those who continue to serve our country today. May we never forget the price of freedom – because freedom is not free.
It was wonderful to see many members of the community, veterans, and Boy Scouts come out to join in remembering the lives of the fallen. For as long as we continue to honor them with our actions and remember their sacrifices, they will never be forgotten! God bless you all.
Last week, I visited the Nazareth Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA to show support for their ongoing Capital Campaign project. I helped secure $1.2 million for the project and community leaders, Blaine Phillips and Sheryl Maher donated an additional $2.5 million. Blaine spoke to me about his childhood growing up in Nazareth and how important the YMCA was in his upbringing. Together as a community, we will ensure the YMCA will continue to serve the Nazareth area for generations to come!
The YMCA is currently raising funds to renovate the Nazareth Branch to reflect an improved facility that is focused on accessibility, efficiency, sustainability and providing new spaces to serve our entire community now and for future generations. Learn how you can support the Nazareth Capital Campaign: https://www.gv-ymca.org/2022NazarethCapitalCampaign
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