In this update:
Get the Facts: The Senate Votes to Protect Children and Empower Parents
This week the Senate passed two bills to inform parents of the content their children are being exposed to at school. I sat down with a sponsor of one of the bills to take a deep dive into what the legislation will accomplish and address many misconceptions.
Senate Bill 7 would create an opt-in process for graphic content found in school libraries, empowering parents to make decisions about what their child is exposed to at school. Senate Bill 340 improves transparency, requiring schools to put their curriculum online. Both bills head to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Celebrating 50 years of Manufacturing at York’s Harley-Davidson Facility
The Senate of Pennsylvania celebrated a York County staple this week! Harley-Davidson is celebrating their 120 years of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and 50 years of manufacturing at the Springettsbury Township facility.
Bill and Karen Davidson, great-grandchildren of founder William A. Davidson, were joined by employees of the Harley Davidson Company and motorcycle riders from the York County factory. With nearly 1,000 employees, the factory is one of the largest Harley-Davidson factories in the country and brings business and family sustaining jobs to York County.
Senate Votes to Extend and Improve Program to Protect Students
Building on recent legislation to improve school bus safety, the Senate approved legislation extending and improving the school bus stop-arm automated enforcement program. The measure is set for enactment into law.
The program was first authorized in 2018 and includes nearly 40 participating school districts that equipped 2,500 school buses with cameras to record vehicles that don’t stop for school buses. More than 4,000 violations have been recorded.
The program was set to expire this week. Senate Bill 851 makes the program permanent, improves interaction with law enforcement and streamlines the appeals process. If a driver illegally passes a stopped school bus, the school district will send the car owner a police-vetted violation in the mail. The owner must pay the $300 fine or make an appeal for a virtual or in-person hearing overseen by a PennDOT official. The driver may petition a magisterial district judge after PennDOT’s decision.
Recognizing Pennsylvania’s First Responders
Saturday, Oct. 28, is National First Responders Day. Police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians care for us during some of life’s worst moments.
My Senate colleagues and I have passed legislation to address the serious shortage of volunteer firefighters in the commonwealth. The number dropped from about 300,000 in the 1980s to less than 38,000 today, so they need our support. Without enough volunteers, communities across Pennsylvania face longer wait times when minutes make the difference between life and death.
Thank you to the men and women who serve our communities as police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and everyone else who answers the call, anytime, day or night.
We are grateful for your service to our communities.
Talking with RJ Harris on WHP580 Wednesday Morning
It was great to join RJ Harris on WHP 580 this week to discuss different issues. We touched on honoring an iconic brand in the Senate, how there are more questions than answers with Gov. Shapiro’s Administration, and the importance of parental empowerment legislation.
You can listen to our conversation here.
Joseph Murphy Achieves Eagle Scout Rank
Congratulations to Joseph Murphy of Troop 127 in Abbottstown on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! It was an honor to present him with a citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania in recognition of his significant achievement!
Joseph, the son of Jeffrey and Lynn Murphy, created a Veterans memorial garden in Paradise Township for his Eagle Project.
Ongoing Commitment to Cut Red Tape
This week the Senate Majority Policy Committee held a hearing about regulatory reform and cutting red tape in Pennsylvania.
The hearing is being used to gather information about the impacts of Pennsylvania government rules and ways the General Assembly can legislate regulations to be streamlined, improved, or altogether eliminated.
You can find the hearing here.
New Tag & Title Services Offered in Shrewsbury
This week, Runkle’s Notary Tag & Title had their grand opening of its new office located at 14645 Mount Airy Road in Shrewsbury. Runkle’s offers notary, tag, and titling services with the ability to process transactions online with PennDOT and MVA.
The Shrewsbury location will be Runkle’s fourth location, the others serving the Red Lion, York, and Hanover areas.
Grants Available for Organizations Helping Veterans
The Veterans’ Trust Fund is accepting grant applications for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans. Nonprofit organizations, Veteran service organizations and county directors of Veteran Affairs may apply by Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.
Find more information about the grant opportunity and how to apply here.
The trust fund is supported by Pennsylvanians who donate when applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses, photo IDs or motor vehicle registrations; purchase Veteran-specific license plates; or make private donations. Tax-deductible donations can be made online.
If you or someone you know would like to receive Veteran-specific email updates, please sign up here.
Mobile Office Comes Back to Springettsbury Next Week!
Next Thursday, Nov. 2, my mobile office will be back in Springettsbury Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please stop into the York County United Fire and Rescue Station to receive assistance from my team on various state related issues.
Appointments are NOT required, but highly encouraged. Please contact our office at 717-741-4648 or email me back if you would like to meet with a member of my team next week in Springettsbury Township!