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Take my latest legislative survey on whether PA should legalize recreational marijuana
On Thursday, September 25, Governor Wolf and Lt. Governor Fetterman released the findings of the recent statewide listening tour conducted by Lt. Governor Fetterman. Governor Wolf believes, based on the listening tour feedback, that legislation should be crafted “that actually recognizes that Pennsylvania is ready for this [recreational marijuana].”
Lt. Governor Fetterman said, “If you are opposed to the recreational use, adult use of cannabis, that is the minority view now in Pennsylvania.”
I want to hear from you! Please take my survey here.
Join us on Thursday to dedicate the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge
The bridge carrying Iron Stone Hill Road (State Route 2087) over the East Branch Codorus Creek will be officially renamed the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge during a ceremony on October 3 at 11 a.m.
I hope you can join us at the Izaak Walton League, 7133 Iron Stone Hill Road, Dallastown for the event.
You can find the details here.
Congratulating retiring police officers
On Thursday, on behalf of the citizens of the 28th District, I thanked Officer Roehm, Detective Sergeant Snell, and Sergeant Trout for their impeccable careers serving West Manchester Township. During remarks where I presented them with congratulatory citations from the Senate of Pennsylvania, I said our community is a safer place to live, work and raise a family due to their distinguished service.
Thank you to these three officers for their service!
Concluding public hearings on state’s digital divide
On Monday, I chaired the fourth public hearing on how we can close our state’s digital divide.
As noted at our hearing, we have a growing divide. As more industries seek to gain access to high-speed internet, we are falling further and further behind. I am incredibly grateful for the testimony from all stakeholders over the last month on this issue as we map out a strategy to systematically address the problem.
You can learn more about this effort and our public hearing here.
You can watch the hearing in its entirety below.
Celebrating the grand opening of the York Jewish Community Center’s early childhood learning center
Earlier this week, the York Jewish Community Center officially unveiled the brand new Gan Rimon Campus in Springfield Township, which will serve over 100 children through an early childcare facility for an underserved part of York County.
It was an honor to participate in the ribbon cutting of this event and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this new facility will have on the community.
Senate State Government Committee approves six bills, including repurposing Lt. Gov’s residence
As the acting chair of the Senate State Government Committee, I led a meeting this week to take action on a variety of issues, ranging from improving access to high-speed internet to repurposing the unused Lieutenant Governor’s residence.
You can read more about our meeting here. You can watch the meeting in its entirety below.
YCEA names 2019 Spirit of YoCo awards
On Wednesday, the York County Economic Alliance held their annual Spirit of YoCo awards breakfast, which recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of York Countians and organizations who make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
My office was honored to present all of this year’s award winners with congratulatory citations from the Senate of Pennsylvania. Here is a list of those individuals and organizations making an impact:
Non-profit Community Impact Award Winner, sponsored by Conrad Siegel Actuaries – Olivia’s House
Community Service Award Winner– Jolene and Jules Tolbert
Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year Award Winner, sponsored by Stock & Leader Attorneys at Law – Dr. Eric Holmes, recently retired superintendent of York City School District
Appointed Official of the Year Award Winner– Michael Newsome, Secretary of the Office of Administration for Governor Wolf
Elected Official of the Year Award Winner, sponsored by Glatfelter Insurance Group – Dave Sunday, York County District Attorney
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner, sponsored by LocaliQ, part of the USA Today Network – Matthew Fuhrman
Non-profit/Government Employee of the Year Award Winner sponsored by M&T Bank – Gwen Loose, York County Rail Trail Authority
NEW: Diversity Impact Award Winner– I.D.E.A.S. Center
Supporting efforts to rein in out-of-control regulations
During a Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee meeting earlier this week, I spoke in support of Senate Bill 398, sponsored by Senator Gordner, which will provide greater legislative oversight of our state’s regulatory process. The committee held a meeting to consider this legislation, which was approved.
You can watch my remarks about this much-needed reform to our state’s regulatory process below and learn more about my efforts to rein in out-of-control regulations here.
Asking for answers on York Fair accident
On Monday, I sent a letter to Secretary Redding, who leads the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, asking for an update on his department’s investigation into the accident at the York Fair.
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for ensuring the safety of amusement park rides, including rides at the York Fair. You can read my letter below.
Supporting efforts to help those with MS to live full lives
I had a great discussion at the Capitol with Karen of West York, left, and other advocates on legislation I’m sponsoring aimed at helping those living with MS. I appreciate Karen and her fellow advocates for meeting with me to find solutions for all Pennsylvanians living with MS.
Bill to allow Pennsylvanians to permanently enroll on Do Not Call list moves to governor
This week, the Senate gave final approval of a bill to allow Pennsylvanians to put their phone numbers permanently on the Do Not Call list, rather than have to re-register every five years.
It also requires robocalls to have an opt-out option at the start of the call, allows businesses to put their phone numbers on the Do Not Call list, and bans telemarketing calls on legal holidays. The bill was sent to the governor to be signed into law.
You can learn more about this bill that I supported here.
Recognizing contributions of Dr. Edwin Rivera and Mrs. Delma Rivera
Last weekend, I was honored to participate in the ceremony to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Edwin Rivera and Mrs. Delma Rivera to the greater York community. Renaming the 200 block of East Princess Street will ensure that their legacy and impact is not forgotten.
You can learn more about this dedication here.
Upcoming PennDOT projects
On Monday, September 30, PennDOT will replace traffic signals at the intersection of Hollywood Drive (Route 3024) and Springwood Road (Route 2002) in York Township, York County. You can learn more about this project here.
You can see PennDOT’s maintenance projects planned for next week here.
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