Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Bills Strengthening “Do Not Call,” Prohibiting Illegal Construction Workers set for Enactment
  • Senate Approves Scavello Bill Raising Age for Tobacco Purchases from 18 to 21
  • Senate Approves Bill Improving Career & Technical Education and Workforce Development in Pennsylvania
  • Senate Approves Measure for Financial Knowledge Graduation Credit
  • Additional Bills sent to the House
  • Local Students Serve as Guest Pages
  • Honoring 100 Year Old WWII Veteran H. John Davis Jr
  • Around the 40th District
  • Committee Roundup
  • Up Next

Bills Strengthening “Do Not Call,” Prohibiting Illegal Construction Workers set for Enactment

The Senate sent three bills to the Governor this week including measures to strengthen Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list and require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure that their employees are authorized to work in the United States.

House Bill 318 removes the renewal requirement, which means phone numbers can be placed on Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list permanently. Currently, phone numbers must be re-registered every five years.

In addition, computerized auto-dialers (robocalls) would be required to give residents an “opt-out” option at the beginning of the call. The bill also allows businesses to register for the Do Not Call list, and bans telemarketing calls on legal holidays

House Bill 1170 prohibits the employment of unauthorized employees in the construction industry and requires construction industry employers to utilize the E-Verify system when hiring a new employee.

An additional bill, House Bill 1557 amends the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act to conform with federal law related to cessation of operations.

Senate Approves Scavello Bill Raising Age for Tobacco Purchases from 18 to 21

On Tuesday, the Senate approved legislation I sponsored that would increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from age 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 473 would make it a summary offense for anyone under 21 to purchase any tobacco product, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars and pipe tobacco.

Cigarette smoking causes 22,000 deaths each year in Pennsylvania, and nearly 90 percent of smokers try their first cigarette before age 18. An increasing number of teens under 18 get tobacco products from their 18-year-old high school peers – who can legally purchase tobacco products. Increasing the minimum legal sales age to age 21 would reduce underage access to tobacco through these legal-age peers.

More than two-thirds of Pennsylvanians surveyed (68.4%) favor raising the legal age for tobacco sales to 21. Twenty-one states, with more than half of the U.S. population, have a tobacco and e-cigarette sales law of 21.

Senate Approves Bill Improving Career & Technical Education and Workforce Development in Pennsylvania

The Senate approved a comprehensive bill Wednesday that seeks to address deep-seated issues within our state’s career and technical education system that have long stymied the growth of this critical component of post-secondary education options for Pennsylvania students.

House Bill 265 makes it easier for students to pursue career and technical education by modernizing the system, streamlining the process for students to receive and transfer credits, and removing barriers for students to be exposed to different training options and available career paths. Among other provisions, the bill:

  • Requires the creation of an online database to contain information on statewide and regional articulation agreements to allow users to be aware of these agreements before making course enrollment decisions.
  • Authorizes creation of the “The PASmart Online Career Resource Center,” with information on career pathways, data and statistics on employment and compensation, and other relevant resources to help students understand all of the opportunities that are available to them after graduation.
  • Establishes a grant program to support the creation of workforce development partnerships between schools, employers, trade associations, and other organizations to create pathways to training and employment.

The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives for concurrence on Senate amendments.

Senate Approves Measure for Financial Knowledge Graduation Credit

The Senate approved a measure on Monday that will allow students to apply their practical financial knowledge toward their school district’s graduation requirements.

Senate Bill 723 will require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance credits towards to satisfying graduation requirements. The bill gives schools the discretion to determine the graduation credit requirement to which the credit earned would be applied. Senate Bill 723 now goes to House of Representatives for consideration.

Additional Bills sent to the House

Senate Bill 439 expands the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act to include several law enforcement entities that are not currently protected by this coverage.

Senate Bill 586 addresses licensing requirements for cosmetologists.

Senate Bill 694 allows gas well bores to cross multiple units provided the operator has the right to drill wells on the units via leases with all applicable landowners.

Local Students Serve as Guest Pages

On Monday, I welcomed Madelyn Krisch, Zuzanna Bilinski, and Hannah Bossuyt to the Senate where they served as Guest Pages for the day. Madelyn and Hannah are students in the Pocono Mountain School District. Zuzanna attends the Evergreen Community Charter School in Cresco.

Honoring 100 Year Old WWII Veteran H. John Davis Jr

Tuesday on the Senate Floor, it was a true honor to recognize John (Jack) Davis for his service to our nation and for turning 100 years old on June 16.

Jack was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII serving with the 50th Troop Carrier Squadron. He enlisted in the Spring of 1942 and served until September 1945 in the European Theatre.

After his Honorable Discharge, Jack began the H. John Davis Oil Company and held many leadership roles in the community. Jack served on the Board of Pocono Hospital, the Board of Trustees for Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church, and on the Board of the Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce. He is also well known for his activities with American Legion Post 903, Masonic Lodge #780, and served as Past President and is a 70 year member of the Mt. Pocono Rotary. Jack and his wife Olive, who is 99, will celebrate 74 years of marriage on November 3 of this year and boast 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I am pictured above with Jack and his son John. Thank you H. John Davis Jr for your devoted service to our country and Happy 100th Birthday!

Around the 40th District

First Step Seminar Sponsored by Senator Scavello and SBDC Oct. 15 at Pen Argyl Borough Building


I’m happy to once again be partnering with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) out of Lehigh University to hold another First Step Seminar. This FREE event is for anyone looking to start a business. Topics will include: requirements for starting a business, obtaining financing, identifying licenses and application, the importance and function of a business plan, marketing plan, and financial plan. There will also be time for Q & A.

This FREE event will be held Tuesday, October 15th from 10am to 12pm at the Pen Argyl Borough Building (11 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl PA 18072). You must register to attend and can do so here. Space is limited so I encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Concealed Carry Seminar Sponsored by Senator Scavello Oct. 3 at Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Co.

I will be hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar for area residents on Thursday, October 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company (2176 Route 715, Reeders).

Representatives from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office will provide an overview of concealed carry laws and answer questions. If you currently have a concealed carry license or are looking to apply for one, this seminar will help inform you as to the responsibilities and laws you must consider.

There is a limited amount of seats available for this event. To RSVP for a spot at the event, please visit https://www.senatorscavello.com/concealed-carry-seminar or call 570-620-4326 ASAP.

Last weekend, we honored 3 new Eagle Scouts within the 40th District. Patrick Carney and Anthony Nostro are both apart of Troop 83 in East Stroudsburg. Matthew Rogers is a member of Troop 102 in Saylorsburg. Anthony’s Eagle Scout project was to transform a room at Notre Dame High School, used for Odyssey of the Mind, into a better learning and working environment. Patrick’s project consisted of removing debris and weeds from the area surrounding the outdoor staircase leading to Notre Dame High School’s baseball and soccer fields and refurbishing the pitching mound and warm up area. Matthew’s project was to restore the Peace Garden and flower beds at Zion United Church of Christ in Stroudsburg. Congratulations on your achievement Patrick, Anthony, and Matthew!

Last Friday, STORM Fitness Personal Training held their ribbon cutting in Middle Smithfield Township. We attended the event and presented a plaque to congratulate them. Thank you to Storm Fitness for investing in our community. We wish you the best of luck and success!

Happy 100th birthday to Alice Marie Butts, who celebrated Monday at Brookmont Healthcare and Rehab Center in Effort. She received a Senate Citation in recognition of her milestone birthday. Alice and her late husband, Roy, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Committee Roundup

Bills approved in committees.

Aging & Youth

House Bill 775 requires the Department of Aging to review the PACE and PACENET programs to remove deceased enrollees.

Senate Bill 819 updates and revises the Older Adults Protective Services Act.

House Bill 956 amends the State Lottery Law to lower the mandated margin rate of return from 25 percent to 20 percent for five-years, ending on June 30, 2024.

Appropriations

Senate Bill 114 requires the removal of snow and ice from vehicles before driving.

House Bill 233 amends the Second Class County Code to provide for the decoration of deceased service members graves with flags on Memorial Day.

Senate Bill 439 expands the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act to include several law enforcement entities that are not currently protected by this coverage.

Senate Bill 473 increases the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 years of age.

House Bill 510 amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) regarding intergovernmental cooperation.

House Bill 511 amends the Second Class Township Code, providing for intergovernmental cooperation.

House Bill 512 amends Title 11 (Cities) providing for municipal authorities and cooperation with other political subdivisions.

Senate Bill 586 addresses licensing requirements for cosmetologists.

Senate Bill 688 amending Title 8 (Boroughs and Incorporated Towns) addressing powers and duties of elected officials, the organization of council, quorums, participation by telecommunication devices, voting, compensation and eligibility; and salaries for mayors.

Senate Bill 689 amends the Second Class Township Code standardizing the maximum salaries of supervisors, and adjusting the annual maximum salary limits according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Senate Bill 690 increases the public bidding threshold from $1,500 to $6,000 for Incorporated Towns.

Senate Bill 691 increases the public bidding threshold from $1,500 to $6,000 for Second Class Townships.

Senate Bill 692 increases the public bidding threshold from $1,500 to $6,000 for Boroughs and Third Class Cities.

Senate Bill 694 allows gas well bores to cross multiple units provided the operator has the right to drill wells on the units via leases with all landowners/members of the units.

House Bill 1557 amends the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act to conform with federal law related to cessation of operations.

Environmental Resources & Energy

House Bill 374 establishes the Keystone Tree Restricted Account and allows for $3 contributions to the Keystone Tree Restricted Account when electronically renewing a driver’s license.

Senate Bill 790 creates a Conventional Oil and Gas Wells Act.

Finance

House Bill 1085 repeals the obsolete State Personal Property Tax Act.

Intergovernmental Operations

Senate Bill 398 provides additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process.

State Government

House Bill 305 directs the Department of General Services to include, in its surveys and inventories of Commonwealth real estate structures and assets, information on the possible use of such assets for fixed or mobile broadband services.

Senate Bill 327 requires executive, independent and state-affiliated agencies to report their space usage to the Department of General Services on an annual basis.

Senate Bill 470 directs the Department of General Services to include, in its surveys and inventories of Commonwealth real estate structures and assets, information on the possible use of such assets for fixed or mobile broadband services.

Senate Bill 532 designates March 6 as First Gulf War Veterans Day, October 7 as Afghanistan War Veterans Day, and December 18 as Second Gulf War Veterans Day,

Senate Bill 750 requires the state to repurpose the Lieutenant Governor’s Mansion to support programs for veterans and the National Guard.

House Bill 1222 repeals and then consolidates the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act of 1990 and the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act of 1997 into Title 10 (Charities) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness

House Resolution 470 recognizes October 13, 2019 as the 244th birthday of the United States Navy.

Up Next

The Senate returns to voting session on Monday, October 21 at 1 p.m. You can watch session live at SenatorScavello.com.

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