Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • Senator Scavello to Co-Host Get Outdoors PA Festival September 15
  • Free Naloxone Educational Presentation on October 3
  • Senator Scavello Introduces Legislation Further Regulating Sludge
  • Application Process for REAL ID Cards Begins Sept. 1
  • Rebates Available for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchase/Lease
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Around the 40th District

Senator Scavello to Co-Host Get Outdoors PA Festival September 15

This year I’m excited to once again host the Get Outdoors PA Festival with Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation Commission on Saturday, September 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Brodhead Creek Park (North 5th Street, Stroud Township).

This is a FREE event with activities for the whole family. Come out and visit with a host of exhibitors and take part in all the hands-on activities! Fly fishing, fire safety/smoke house, nature walk, live animal presentation and much more! This free event will be held rain or shine.

Free Naloxone Educational Presentation on October 3

I am co-hosting a free educational presentation about the use of naloxone with the PA Department of Health on October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please call 610-863-1200 to RSVP a seat today.

Senator Scavello Introduces Legislation Further Regulating Sludge

This week I introduced Senate Bill 1243, legislation to further regulate biosolid waste, otherwise known as “sludge.” This legislation mirrors the language in House Bill 2281, sponsored by State Representative Jerry Knowles.

This legislation would enable a municipality to develop ordinances regulating the deposit, testing, and disposal or land application of sludge material. Further, if passed, this legislation would give a municipality the authority to veto a permit application approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the deposit or land application of this material.

I share the concerns of residents of my legislative district over the land application of sludge to properties throughout our region, particularly in the Slate Belt. Passage of this legislation will provide municipalities with additional tools to address and control the use of sludge material.

Application Process for REAL ID Cards Begins Sept. 1

PennDOT says drivers can apply for REAL ID pre-verification at driver license centers beginning September 1. Under federal law, REAL ID will be required to board commercial flights and enter secure federal buildings beginning October 1, 2020.

Individuals who received their first PA driver’s license or ID card after September 2003 have had the option to apply for REAL ID pre-verification online since March. Most received their initial product before September 2003, so PennDOT does not have their required REAL ID documents on file. Customers in this group who want a REAL ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver’s License Center so they can be verified in person.

Beginning September 1, these customers may bring the required documents to any PennDOT driver license center. Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport)
  • Proof of Social Security Number (Unlaminated social security card)
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes (Marriage certificate or court order issued by your county’s family court)
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address (Current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address)

PennDOT staff will image the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail, eliminating any need for this customer to visit a Driver License Center.

To obtain a REAL ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID).

You can find more information on obtaining a REAL ID here.

Rebates Available for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchase/Lease

Pennsylvania residents can apply for rebates up to $2,000 on purchases of alternative fuel vehicles: plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

This year, leased vehicles are eligible. Businesses are not eligible for this program. You can find program guidelines, application instructions, and an up-to-date listing of rebate availability here. 

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, with the theme, “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages families to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, check insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, and save for an emergency. Look here for ideas on preparing for a disaster.

Around the 40th District

A special congratulations to Mike Peterson on the grand opening of his State Farm location on Main Street in Stroudsburg! Mike, on behalf of the local community I wish you, your family and staff the very best in all the years ahead. Thank you for investing in our town and supporting jobs in our local economy!

It was a privilege to attend the annual updates given by the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), hosted by both Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network. The NFP plays a critical role in assisting vulnerable young mothers (and fathers too!) to have a healthy pregnancy, teach them skills necessary to raise their children and help instill self-confidence that leads to their long-term success. The testimonies provided by those who have taken part in the program were very moving and served as powerful examples of the transformative difference the NFP is making daily. Thank you to the staff and especially the nurses who take part in the program and really invest in these young families by changing their lives for the better.


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