In this update:
Proposed constitutional amendment would give voters say in budget reforms
Representative Seth Grove (R-Dover) and I circulated a memo earlier this week to our colleagues in the Senate and House announcing our intentions to offer a constitutional amendment to address out-of-control state spending by the executive branch.
Our constitutional amendment would give voters the ultimate choice in budgetary reforms and ensure a more transparent process to address government overspending.
Our proposed constitutional amendment would require any additional supplemental spending by the governor and his or her administration to be voted on in a standalone bill, and not added on to the state budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.
In Fiscal Year 2018-19, Governor Wolf spent $673 million more than the allotted amount in the approved state budget. This measure would help ensure the supplemental spending problem — which is not exclusive to Governor Wolf — is more transparent and keeps all sides, including the legislature and governor, more accountable.
Read more about our bicameral budget reform efforts here.
Public forum for city residents affected by Columbia Gas meters planned for Wednesday at 6 p.m.
A regulation adopted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in 2014 requires all natural gas meters to be located on the exterior of dwellings due to cited safety concerns with meters being located inside of homes. Gas companies have until 2034 to make this switch. As Columbia Gas upgrades old galvanized lines throughout the City, they are also updating residential gas meters by moving them from the inside of the home to the exterior of the home despite the opposition of many local residents.
The City will host a public forum on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at York City Hall (101 South George Street, York) to provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns about the current process.
I have invited the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate, a state agency that represents the interests of Pennsylvania’s utility consumers before the Public Utility Commission. The Office confirmed they will be in attendance to help local residents.
If you are affected by these gas meters, I hope you can participate in this public forum next week!
Meeting with South Eastern School District’s new superintendent
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet with the newest Superintendent in York County – Dr. Nathan Van Deusen, who recently took the helm at South Eastern School District.
We had a productive discussion on state related issues regarding the state budget, education funding, school safety grants and his ideas to improve the application process, various pieces of legislation and future opportunities for students.
This summer, I am traveling to all 11 school districts in the 28th Senatorial District to talk about important issues affecting our education system and ways we can work together.
New rule takes effect on Monday to remove barriers for military spouses to practice law in PA
A new rule that goes into effect next week will remove barriers to allow military spouses who are attorneys to practice law in Pennsylvania. The new rule allows spouses of active duty military service members to practice law in the state without going through the traditional process.
The rule was approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Board of Law Examiners in January, but took six months to implement.
You can listen to my comments here.
Serving in the military presents many unique challenges for the family member wearing the uniform, but it is also difficult for the spouse who often makes their own career and personal sacrifices for the military service of their loved one.
I’m hopeful this is one less burden for military families to worry about when relocating to the Commonwealth, by allowing spouses of our military members to continue to pursue their career if they are in the legal profession.
You can learn more about this new rule here.
Honoring a Veteran from the Greatest Generation
It was a great honor and privilege to express our community’s gratitude to Harry Cadwell for his service and sacrifice as he was once again presented with the medals that he earned through his valiant service in WWII, after having lost them many years ago. These medals memorialize his selfless acts of courage and it is very gratifying to know that they are back in his possession as a legacy for his family.
Harry heroically served in the U.S. Navy, in the Pacific Asiatic Theater during WWII. As a crewmember of the USS Zellars, he received injuries during an attack on the ship by the Japanese. Among his many awards is a Purple Heart.
Thank you to the members of the White Rose VFW Post 556 who presented Harry with his medals, the staff at Senior Commons at Powder Mill who helped make this presentation possible, as well as the residents that celebrated with Harry and his wife, Ruth, daughter, Janet, and son-in-law.
Bill Shipley earns YCEA’s 2019 Business Achievement Award
Congratulations to Chairman William (Bill) Shipley III of Shipley Energy, recipient of the York County Economic Alliance’s 2019 Business Achievement Award!
Bill is well known throughout York County for his many philanthropic efforts and leadership of a number of organizations including the YMCA of York and York County, Martin Library, Positive Energy Arts, to name just a few.
Bill also serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees at York College of Pennsylvania and is the Governor’s Representative on the Penn State University Board of Trustees.
It was an honor to present Bill with a congratulatory citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania and thank him, on behalf of the people of the 28th District, for all the good he has done and continues to do for the York County Community.
Upcoming PennDOT projects
You can see PennDOT’s maintenance projects planned for next week here.