In this Update:
Senate Votes to Streamline and Increase School Safety Measures
This week, the Senate passed House Bill 27 to more effectively keep Pennsylvania children safe at school by streamlining and increasing school safety measures.
House Bill 27 would consolidate school safety programs and operations under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and create a new Executive Committee under PCCD to review school safety issues and to identify current and emerging trends.
The bill would also ensure schools and counties can develop best practices for emergency response by developing a safe schools collaborative, release $100 million that was included in the 2023-24 state budget for K-12 mental health programs and provide greater flexibility for school districts experiencing shortages of substitute teachers. Read More
Pick From Two Coffee & Conversation Events in October
To connect with residents of the 36th Senatorial District, I will be hosting two Coffee & Conversation events this fall.
The Coffee & Conversation event series is an informal opportunity to discuss issues that are important to Lancaster County communities and what’s happening in Harrisburg. There will be light refreshments for guests to enjoy.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, from 9-11 a.m., I will host the first event at Garden Spot Fire Rescue, 339 E. Main St., New Holland.
On Thursday, Oct. 26, from 9-11 a.m., I will host the second event at Mastersonville Fire Company, 2121 Meadow View Road, Mastersonville.
Please click here to RSVP for whichever event is more convenient for you.
My Office is Ready to Serve You
My staff members and I are here to serve the community, and my office offers all sorts of constituent services. Several of the services I invite you to use are listed here.
If you need help navigating state government or would like to discuss a state-related issue, please call my office at 717-627-0036 or email me here. We are happy to help.
The U.S. Women’s Open is Coming to Lancaster!
The United States Golf Association will receive a $1.2 million grant to defray the costs associated with hosting the 2024 United States Women’s Open right here in Lancaster County. The funds will be used for the rental of tents and the supplies and equipment necessary to host the event.
The grant was awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development as part of an initiative to bring nationally known sporting events and the increased tourism that comes with them to Pennsylvania.
PA Voters Get Greater Say with Senate Bill
The Senate passed a bill that would give Pennsylvania voters a significant say in presidential elections by moving up the primary election date.
In many presidential elections, the outcome is largely decided before Pennsylvania voters have a chance to cast a ballot. Moving up the spring election date gives voters in the fifth-largest state a better chance of weighing in on the presidential primary.
Currently, the primary takes place on the fourth Tuesday of April. Senate Bill 224 would move the primary to the third Tuesday in March, making the next presidential primary election date March 19, 2024. The change would also prevent a conflict with Passover, during which observant Jewish Pennsylvanians are prohibited from writing, driving or using electricity.
Discussing Legislative Issues Impacting PA Architects
I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Manheim Township resident Kyle Solyak at my Lititz District Office. Kyle is a member of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which represents nearly 3,000 architects across the state. We discussed a number of legislative issues of importance to Pennsylvania architects.
You can learn more about the AIA on their website here.
Tax Seminars Held Virtually and Across PA
Tax professionals can learn about changes to state tax laws and policies during one-day seminars offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue held across the state and virtually.
The tax seminars will educate tax professionals on Personal Income Tax, sales tax corporate taxes, compliance initiatives and using the department’s website to establish tax accounts for new businesses, file tax returns and pay state taxes.
Find a local or virtual seminar here.
Milestone Birthdays for Lancaster County Residents
Happy belated 90th birthday to lifelong Lancaster resident Mary Kulp! The beloved wife of Wilbur Kulp for 65 years prior to his passing, she enjoys cooking and baking. She is the proud mother of three children and has been blessed with nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Happy belated 100th birthday to Lititz resident, Donald Beck! Mr. Beck served our nation with honor as a WWII USAF pilot and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the USAF Reserves. He was also a teacher, engineer, and flower shop owner. Best wishes to Donald!
Happy belated 90th birthday to New Holland resident Evan Good! Mr. Good worked as a dairy farmer, a real estate agent with Olde Heritage for many years, and is also the grandfather of my former staffer, Nick Good. Best wishes to Evan and the Good family!
Grants Available to Increase Economic Benefits Boaters Offer PA Communities
Communities can apply now for grants to enhance the economic and social benefits of providing convenient boating access along their waterways. Townships, boroughs, municipal and county governments, and nonprofit groups may apply. Private businesses and service clubs are not eligible.
Applicants can seek grants for site acquisition, development, expansion, prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species and rehabilitation of recreational boat access facilities. Eligible construction projects may include boat ramps, courtesy floats, restrooms, access roads, parking areas and signs. Funds may also be used to make facilities ADA compliant.
While the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will accept applications from anywhere in the commonwealth, special consideration will be given to projects that provide public boating access in the Delaware River watershed. Learn more or apply online by Dec. 30.
Yom Kippur Begins Sunday
Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – begins at nightfall on Sunday, Sept. 24. The Day of Atonement, which ends the following day at nightfall, is spent fasting, praying and seeking forgiveness.
I wish everyone who observes this important holiday a meaningful Yom Kippur. May you be sealed in the Book of Life.