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Legislative Session Begins Anew
On January 3, I took my oath of office and was sworn in as Senator for the 47th Senate District at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. I’m humbled and honored to continue to serve my constituents and pledge to represent your interests as your State Senator.
I look forward to continuing my efforts of making government more efficient with taxpayer dollars, spending within our means, cutting unnecessary regulations and mandates, and bringing good-paying jobs to Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties.
As always, your concerns about state government are my concerns; please contact me at any time to let your voice be heard about issues that are important to you.
Agriculture & Rural Affairs Chair Announced
I am honored to report to that I have been reappointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
The Committee is the Senate’s authority on all legislation regarding agriculture and also provides review and oversight of regulations proposed by the PA Department of Agriculture. Additionally, issues involving food safety, animal welfare, amusement ride inspection, and weights and measures also fall under the purview of the Committee.
Revenue Report Released
The Senate Appropriations Committee just released its Monthly Revenue Report for the month of January. Included within the report is vital budgetary information that will guide me and my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee as we debate the content of the 2017-18 budget.
In addition, this month’s report includes a special section devoted to Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program, a decades-old program that has preserved thousands of acres of farmland in Beaver, Lawrence, and Butler Counties.
Tax Amnesty Program
Conservation Partnership Grants Awarded
Seven projects in all three counties of the 47th Senate District were recently awarded Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP) grants.
Bessemer Borough - $10,000 to implement a structured community planning effort that will lead to the rehabilitation of Bessemer Borough Park. Work includes site development, construction drawings, construction budget and bid packet.
Mines and Meadows, LLC - $100,000 to purchase equipment to construct 75 miles of ATV trails at the Mines and Meadows ATV Park in New Beaver Borough.
New Castle City - $250,000 to further develop New Castle Regional Riverwalk Hub. Work includes installation of lighting, signage, bus shelter, ADA access, landscaping, signage, and other site improvements.
Shenango Township - $200,000 to rehabilitate and further develop Shenango Township Community Park. Work to include construction of pedestrian walkway, renovation of pavilion, ADA access, landscaping, signage, and other site improvements.
Union Township - $200,000 to rehabilitate Scotland Meadow Park. Work includes construction of pedestrian walkway, pavilion, volleyball court; installation of play equipment and required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, signage, and other site improvements.
Potter Township - $40,000 to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the Tank Farm/Rocky Bottom Park.
Zelienople Borough - $200,000 to further develop Zelienople Community Park. Work to include construction of skate park, ADA access, landscaping, signage, and other site improvements.
The CCPP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition, and development of park, recreation, conservation, and greenway projects. Click here more information about the CCPP.
PA Eagle Cam Up and Running
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is once again live-streaming their Hanover/Codorus State Park Bald Eagle Nest Cam. This year, there is an additional camera with infrared capabilities. Click here to check it out.
Great Resources for Civics Educators
The Pennsylvania State Capitol website has an abundance of free resources for educators looking for new ways to educate students about our Commonwealth’s history, the State Capitol, the legislative process, and much more. The “Teachers’ Tools” section has a variety of printable literature, activity books, and quizzes in .PDF form. You can even book your next class field trip and find helpful information to plan that trip on the website.
PEMA Video Contest for Students
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is accepting submissions from students for a video public service announcement (PSA) contest featuring a flood safety message for motorists. The theme is “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and it is open to all students in grades 7 through 12. The deadline to submit a PSA is January 31, 2017 and the winner will work with the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters to develop a broadcast-quality television commercial. Click here for more information.
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