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Senator Elder Vogel

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Elder Vogel

On Friday, September 9, I will hold my annual Beaver County Senior Expo at the CCBC Dome. For more information, click the above flier.

2015-16 Legislative Session Recap

Beyond the budget, the PA Senate considered and passed numerous measures in the 2015-16 legislative session, from supporting veterans and improving education, to increasing government oversight and cutting unnecessary, costly regulations. To view these accomplishments, click here.

Monthly Revenue Report Released

The first revenue report of the 2016-17 Fiscal Year was recently released by the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh). Included in the report is data about both state government spending and revenues.

Click here to read the full report.

It was great to take part in the Hookstown Fair Opening Ceremonies with my colleagues Senator Camera Bartolotta & Representative Jim Marshall

New Children’s Seatbelt Law in Effect

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18 – 24, coming just weeks after a new law took effect in Pennsylvania requiring that children under two must be transported in rear-facing car seats to better protect their head, neck and spine. Police will issue warnings for one year, followed by fines. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says children should remain in rear-facing seats until they reach the manufacturer's height or weight limits. Click the accompanying picture for answers to common child seat safety questions courtesy of the American Trauma Society.

It’s truly an honor to be recognized by AgChoice Farm Credit as a national leader in Agriculture and Rural Policy.

New Castle, Zelienople Municipal Airports Receive State Grants

New Castle Municipal Airport and Zelienople Municipal Airport were awarded significant state grants last week to support major capital improvement projects.

New Castle Municipal Airport was awarded $250,000 to complete expansion of an existing hangar and enhance security by replacing existing fencing and installing new fencing, gates, cameras and camera equipment.

Zelienople Municipal Airport was awarded $375,000 to construct a fueling facility.

New Castle Municipal Airport and Zelienople Municipal Airport are key parts of our regional economy and they certainly will take on an even larger role in the future. These grants continue the state’s investment in our community. By developing and enhancing our local airports, we give local leaders another great marketing tool to use when competing for new businesses and jobs.

New Castle Municipal Airport and Zelienople Municipal Airport were among 23 airports across Pennsylvania sharing $8.8 million in grants during the current round of funding from the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program and Aviation Development Program.

The Aviation Transportation Assistance Program is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds. The Aviation Development Program is supported by the state’s jet fuel tax. Neither program is supported by general fund revenues.

Did you know…?

Military veterans seeking civil service jobs in Pennsylvania receive special preference in recognition of their service. Veterans, qualified widows and widowers of veterans and spouses of disabled veterans who pass civil service appointment tests receive ten points added to their final score. Click here to find out more.

Thank you to AARP, AAA, Challenges Options in Aging, Medic Rescue, and the Neshannock Twp. Police Department for your help in making my Beaver & Lawrence County CarFit Driver Safety events a great success!

Last Call for Photo Submissions!

The Scenes from the 47th Senate District Photo Contest is ending soon. Submissions will be accepted until August 31, 2016.

Voting will take place from September 6, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Voters will be permitted to cast one vote per IP address. Winners will be announced in October.

Winning photos will be featured in the 2017 “Scenes from the 47th Senatorial District Calendar.” The top three vote-getters in each category will serve as a featured month in the calendar.

Click here to submit your photos today!

The National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) is hosting a free seminar, open to the public, for anyone wanting to learn more about mineral rights and royalty payments. Wed. Sept. 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Wurtemburg-Perry Volunteer Fire Hall in Ellwood City. Register at or 1-800-558-0557.

Direct Shipment of Wine to Your Home

Legislation passed by the General Assembly in June is now in effect allowing direct wine shipments for Pennsylvania residents. Now, wine can be shipped directly to consumers’ homes. Previously, only limited wineries were permitted to ship directly to residents homes. Other direct wine shipments had to be delivered to Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores for pick up by the consumer.

Click here to find licensed shipping outlets.  

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I have a Twitter account to better connect with my constituents and provide daily updates on my voting record, whereabouts, state government, and local news affecting the 47 S.D. To access my Twitter page, click here

Please contact me to provide input on any state-related matter, or to receive help in dealing with a state agency.

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Contact Me


Senate Box 203047
362 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3047
Phone: (717) 787-3076
FAX: (717) 772-2756

8:30 - 4:30

488 Adams Street
Rochester, PA 15074-1940
Phone: (724) 774-0444
FAX: (724) 773-7384

New Castle
1905 W. State Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 654-1444
FAX: (724) 656-3182



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