In this update:
Rally against tolling Interstate bridges set for June 8
Lawmakers and representatives of local communities will take part in a June 8 Capitol rally against the Wolf administration’s plan to toll nine interstate bridges.
The bridge tolling initiative will cost the average commuter an additional $1,000 per year and was moved through the process without legislative input or approval. Commonwealth Court recently halted the plan, siding with a county and several municipalities that challenged the plan as unconstitutional. The administration has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
A recent survey I conducted with local residents found an overwhelming majority of individuals who participated in my survey are opposed to the bridge tolling plan. In fact, almost 93% of the responses I received were opposed to this money-grab scheme.
The Wolf Administration’s plan would add tolls to the following bridges:
I supported Senate Bill 382, which was approved by the Senate, to halt the tolling and require more transparency in the Public-Private Partnership process, which produced the tolling plan.
Protecting women’s sports in PA
Legislation to protect women’s sports in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate Education Committee and sent to the full Senate for consideration.
I am sponsoring this measure with my friend and colleague, Sen. Judy Ward.
You can read more about our efforts here.
A similar bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives and is sponsored by our local representatives, including Reps. Kate Klunk and Dawn Keefer.
Under House Bill 972, an athletic team or sport designated for females, women or girls may not be open to biological males. In addition, a student deprived of an athletic opportunity would be able to file a lawsuit against the offending college or high school.
More than a dozen states passed similar legislation after women’s sports organizations were pressured to allow biological males to compete on their teams.
Upcoming public hearings on state data breaches and blockchain
The Senate Communications and Technology Committee, which I chair, will hold two joint public hearings with the House State Government Committee, chaired by Rep. Seth Grove.
The first hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at 9 a.m. on Senate Bill 696, dealing with data breaches in your state government. The bill was approved by the Senate earlier this year and is pending further consideration in the House. You can learn more here.
The second hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 9 a.m. on blockchain technology and its impact on government operations.
You can watch both hearings live on my Facebook Page.
Bills of note approved by Senate committees
Here are a few bills of interest that have been approved by various Senate committees:
Senate Bill 643, approved by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to allow club licensees to retain more of their proceeds from small games of chance while maintaining charitable donation requirements.
Senate Bill 1147, approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, increases penalties on construction companies that fail to use the federal E-Verify system to verify the legal employment eligibility of new hires.
Senate Bill 1183, approved by the Senate Transportation Committee, provides law enforcement new tools to crack down on the illegal operation of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles on public roads.
Congratulations, Steve Navaroli on your retirement!
Steve covered championship swimming and diving competitions for 17 years. It was an honor to have Steve join us last week during Senate session when we honored two state champions, when the Senate of Pennsylvania recognized him on his well-deserved retirement.
Steve is also a cancer survivor and local swimmers created “Navaroli Nation” to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and prevention. He created a strong community in York County between swimmers, divers, their parents and fans all across the county.
Congratulations, Steve – we wish you well in your retirement!
Scammers are targeting student loan borrowers
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency warns that recent reports about potential broad-based federal loan forgiveness and other changes to student loan programs are creating opportunities for scammers to target student loan borrowers.
One of the recent scams attempts to convince borrowers that there are new student loan rules in place that require immediate action. Scammers typically promise unrealistic amounts of loan forgiveness, offer short cuts to loan forgiveness, or try to get a borrower’s Federal Student Aid ID or other personal information and then rush them into paying immediately.
Scammers will often use the U.S. Department of Education’s name and seal to give it legitimacy.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
Celebrating Rev. Lou Ann Jones of St. John’s Blymire’s United Church of Christ
It was a great pleasure to join the congregation of St. John’s Blymire’s United Church of Christ, community members, family, and friends of Rev. Lou Ann Jones for a service to celebrate her 39-year career in the ministry upon her retirement. I presented her with a congratulatory citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania in recognition of her devotion to God and humanity.
The celebration of Pastor Lou Ann’s journey of faith was joined with a Memorial Day service. Thank you to the members of the American Legion Dallastown Post 605 Honor Guard for the tribute to those who gave the last full measure of devotion by the flagpole – 50+ year tradition!
We wish nothing but the best for Rev. Lou Ann on this next phase in her journey of life.
You can view more photos from this ceremony here.
Honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice
Veterans’ organizations across York County paid tribute to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, and in defense of our freedoms.
It was an honor to participate in several events and meet so many men and women who dedicate time, energy and resources to ensure the heroes who perished while serving our country are never forgotten.
June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.” — Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, on the eve of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944
More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard march across Europe, to defeat occupying German troops. We must never forget the brave, young men who confronted a danger few can imagine in the name of liberty.
Local job postings
Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects
You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below.
The Senate of Pennsylvania will convene on Monday, June 6, at 1 p.m. You can watch all of the Senate votes and view our agenda here.
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