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Senate Passes “Farming First” Bills to Support PA Agriculture

May 07, 2019
The Senate approved a package of bills today to support Pennsylvania’s farm families, including a proposal sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument (R-30) that would help more farms host agritourism activities, such as hayrides, corn mazes and farm tours.     [Read More]

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Senate Committee Approves Aument’s Bill Supporting Agritourism Activities

April 30, 2019
The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved a bill today that would support farmers who want to host agritourism events like hayrides, farm tours and corn mazes, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Ryan Aument (R-36).     [Read More]

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Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS)

April 10, 2019
Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee hearing on Senate Bill 510, legislation that would update the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act to recognize nuclear energy for its significant contribution to this state’s zero-carbon energy production. Senator Aument is the prime sponsor of the legislation.     [Read More]

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Op-Ed: The Value of Outreach

March 07, 2019
While the citizens of the 36th Senatorial District elected me to represent their views in Harrisburg, that is only part of my job.      [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 06, 2019
Senator Aument asked Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding about the long-term viability of the Farm Show Complex and efforts to protect livestock and poultry from disease outbreaks.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education, Part 2

March 05, 2019
Senator Aument questions Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera about how we could improve the teacher evaluation system, particularly in relation to schools in high-poverty areas.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education, Part 1

March 05, 2019
Senate Education Committee Chairman Ryan Aument discussed the state’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain high-quality educators and the Governor’s plan to raise the minimum teacher salary from $18.5k to $45k during Part 1 of the Department of Education budget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Drug & Alcohol Programs

March 04, 2019
Senator Aument asked Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith to explain how the department monitors and targets prescription drug abuse and coordinates with other agencies.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP

February 28, 2019
Senator Aument asked DEP Secretary Patrick McConnell about the impact of the closure of nuclear facilities on reaching carbon emission goals.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections / Probation & Parole

February 28, 2019
During the budget hearing for the Department of Corrections/Office of Probation and Parole, Senator Aument asked Secretary John Wetzel to provide his thoughts on Senate Bill 14, which would reform the way probation and parole violations are handled in PA.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of Health

February 27, 2019
At today’s PA Senate Budget hearing, Senator Aument asked Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine about the use of drug treatment plans and drug testing when providing prescriptions for opioid use. I also raised concerns about the health risks posed to adolescents who smoke recreational marijuana and the need to get that message out to young people.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Thaddeus Stevens College

February 26, 2019
During today’s #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @thaddeusstevens, Senator Aument discussed ways the school works to meet the educational needs of low-income students and the metrics that should be considered in funding higher education   [Read More]