In this update:
MIA: Acting Secretary of State refuses to testify on critical issues impacting department
Several public hearings were scheduled this week to hear from Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, and several hearings were sidelined because of her refusal to testify.
The first hearing was supposed to focus on my legislation that corrects the failure of the Administration to properly advertise constitutional amendment proposals, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Constitution.
The second hearing was supposed to review a bipartisan election reform bill that is still under debate in the Senate State Government Committee. We read comments into the official record. You can watch my comments below.
The third hearing was supposed to focus on challenges with professional licenses that individuals need to obtain in order to practice many services in industries within the Commonwealth. These licenses include nursing licenses, cosmetology licenses, real estate licenses and more.
Three public hearings scheduled using dates from the Acting Secretary’s office; three times the Acting Secretary failed to appear.
Do you have unclaimed property sitting in Treasury’s vault? Check for free – you may be surprised!
You may have received a letter from me over the last few weeks notifying you of unclaimed property sitting at the State Treasury. To date, our team has connected local residents with more than $100,000 of their own money.
Perform a quick search to see if you or a family member have unclaimed property with the Pennsylvania Treasury here.
If you do have unclaimed property and have NOT yet filed, please let me know – my team would be happy to assist you and expedite your claim. Feel free to reply to this email and one of my team members will be in touch.
Sgt. Harold Redding of Spring Grove inspired legislation that could become law to honor Veterans of various conflicts
Legislation suggested by Spring Grove Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Harold Redding, received the unanimous support of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee earlier this week.
Harold E. Redding served 22 years in the United States Army, climbing to the rank of first sergeant, and served during the Vietnam War. Redding worked with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to have the federal government formally recognize March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
He approached Rep. Seth Grove and me about sponsoring legislation at the state level to designate March 6 as Persian Gulf War Veterans Day and Oct. 7 as Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day in the Commonwealth. I spoke in support of this legislation during the committee meeting, which you can watch below.
Celebrating Ethel Hill’s 90th birthday
Happy 90th Birthday to Ethel Hill of Shrewsbury! Family and friends got together this past weekend to celebrate Ethel’s 90 trips around the sun. Ethel was born in Baltimore on Sept. 30, 1931. She is most proud of her 4 children, her 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. It was an honor to present Ethel a congratulatory citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania on this momentous occasion!
Happy birthday, Ethel! View more photos from her birthday party here.
Central York Middle School Fife & Drum marks 50 years of First Capital Muster
Congratulations to the Central York Middle School Fifes and Drums Corps on your 50th anniversary! This weekend, we celebrated this momentous occasion with the First Capital Muster that included spectacular performances from Fife and Drum Corps at PeoplesBank Park.
Thank you to all of the organizers, as well as alumni of this program who made this program a success! You can view more photos here.
Interested in the election investigation? Sign up for updates!
With many of our neighbors requesting more information about the Election Investigation, I am pleased to announce a new resource available from the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. In an effort to be transparent, the committee will send regular email updates directly to you so you can stay up to date with every step of the investigation.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to learn about breast cancer risk and how to lower it.
In an effort to highlight this deadly disease and the steps that can be taken to be proactive against it, the Capitol fountain was again turned pink for the month of October. Women who have lost income or health insurance because of COVID-19 may qualify for free breast screening and diagnostic services. Learn more here.
I joined Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward and other stakeholders for an event where the Capitol fountain was dyed pink to increase awareness of this disease.
To help combat this deadly disease, the legislature passed a new law to give Pennsylvania residents renewing their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Oct. 12 is National Farmers Day
Tuesday, Oct. 12, is National Farmers Day, recognizing the heritage and indispensable work of the men and women behind Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.
If you want to show your appreciation for the folks who feed Pennsylvania, America and the world, you can read about a farmer or shop at a local farmers market.
You can also take some virtual tours of our local farms that I’ve written to you about in my last few emails. You can take the tours here, here and here.
Vaccination rates by legislative districts in York County discussed by ABC27
Last month, legislative leaders wrote to Gov. Tom Wolf seeking more data pertaining to COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania. Specifically, legislators sought specific information including breakout information for cases in children, as well as case counts for individuals who are vaccinated, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
The governor, in turn, recently released a dashboard that shows vaccination rates by legislative district.
You can watch my interview with Seth Kaplan here where I discussed the local findings.
Local job openings
PA CareerLink shared with me its latest list of local job openings, which you can view below. You can also find job postings shared with the York County Economic Alliance here.
Upcoming PennDOT projects
PennDOT will post its list of upcoming scheduled maintenance projects here. You can also view the list of projects below.
Office closed for Columbus Day
Please be advised that our Senate offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11, in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m.
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