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In this Update:
Commonwealth Court Rules Against RGGI, Higher Energy Costs
Pennsylvanians will be shielded from higher electricity bills because the Commonwealth Court ruled against imposing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon tax.
The ruling supported the Senate Republican perspective that RGGI is a tax on energy. It says: “Stated simply, to pass constitutional muster, the Commonwealth’s participation in RGGI may only be achieved through legislation duly enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.”
Instead, we want to focus on efforts to ensure there is sufficient power to meet the demands of customers while avoiding risks of blackouts, restrictions on energy usage and increased prices.
Senate Passes Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic
The Senate recently passed legislation aimed at keeping up with the rapid introduction of new drugs to commonwealth communities. It would be a significant step toward ensuring dangerous substances don’t slip through the cracks into our communities without being controlled.
Senate Bill 959 would enable faster prosecution by allowing Pennsylvania to automatically follow the federal government’s Drug Enforcement Administration classification for drugs. Drug traffickers constantly update these chemical compounds, and Pennsylvania scheduling has struggled with inefficiency. Automated scheduling will save the lives of our loved ones and more effectively fight the effects the opioid epidemic has on our communities.
As the bill would only apply to new controlled substances, it would not impact Pennsylvania’s scheduling of cannabis or its availability for medical marijuana patients.
Veterans: Please Join Me for an Appreciation Breakfast
On Monday, Nov. 20, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., I will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at Eden Resort, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, in the Presidential Ballroom. A complimentary breakfast will be provided, along with a special music guest, and a presentation from 15th Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey as the keynote speaker.
Dailey enlisted in the Army in 1989 and completed four tours in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He also deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Dailey earned the Bronze Star with Valor for his leadership during the 4th Infantry Division’s two-month Battle for Sadr City in 2008. He currently serves as the vice president of Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Programs for the U.S. Army.
Information about relevant legislation and veterans’ benefits will be available at the breakfast.
All veterans in the 36th District are invited to attend and may bring a spouse or guest. Seating is limited, so registration is required. Please RSVP online here.
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Working to Combat Dyslexia in PA
It was a pleasure to speak before a crowd of passionate advocates for dyslexia awareness at the PA Capitol. Early identification, which would be required under a bill I’m sponsoring, is critical if those with dyslexia are to learn to read and write proficiently and go on to lead productive, fulfilling lives.
With 15-20% of the population having some of the symptoms of dyslexia – including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or the tendency to mix up similar words – my bill would benefit many Pennsylvanians on their learning journey.
Connecting with Constituents Over Coffee
Many thanks to all those who attended either of my recent Coffee & Conversation events. We had a terrific turnout and discussion at both!
To view more photos from the Manheim Coffee and Conversation at Mastersonville Fire Company, visit my Instagram page here.
To view more photos from the New Holland Coffee and Conversation at Garden Spot Fire Rescue, visit my Instagram page here.
Celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of Hempfield Family Dental Care
Congrats to Hempfield Family Dental Care on the grand opening of its newly renovated state-of-the-art facility! These upgrades will allow the practice to continue to help so many patients achieve and maintain healthy, attractive smiles. Their presence in the community will also help to promote whole body health, because seemingly unrelated issues often initially present as oral challenges.
For more photos from the ribbon cutting event, visit my Instagram page here.
Funding to Improve Local Transportation and Pedestrian Safety
Grants are available to municipalities, businesses and other organizations to improve local transportation and pedestrian safety. The funding aims to ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to Pennsylvania residents.
Funding for priority investments is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Apply online by Monday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m.
Visiting Students at Lititz Area Mennonite School
I had a great time talking with fourth-grade students at Lititz Area Mennonite School last week about what it’s like to be a state senator. Kids always ask the best questions!
To view more photos from my visit, check out my Instagram page here.
Temporary Closure on Route 30 Scheduled for THIS WEEKEND
The ramps at the Centerville Road/Route 30 Interchange in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, are scheduled to be closed the weekend of Nov. 3-6 to allow the contractor for the Centerville Road Interchange Improvement Project to switch traffic onto the new Centerville Road bridge spanning Route 30.
Weather permitting, ramps at the Centerville Road/Route 30 Interchange will be closed from 9:00 PM Friday, November 3, to 6:00 AM Monday, November 6, so the contractor can make the switch to the new bridge.
A detour will be in place using Route 741 (Roherstown Road), Route 462, and College Avenue.
During this time, there will be lane restrictions under flagging on Centerville Road so the contractor can excavate, pave, and install temporary barriers and temporary traffic signals at the interchange.
Once the switch is complete, the contractor can begin demolishing the existing bridge. This work is expected to continue through the winter months.
Read more about this project here.
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