Sen. Brooks was honored to introduce to her Senate colleagues third-grader Nathan Craig, from Saegertown Elementary School, and his parents. Nathan won the Outstanding Elementary School Student Education Video Award from the Department of Labor and Industry, as part of the Blindness Awareness Expo. Nathan’s video showcases how he uses technology to “see.”
Sen. Brooks stood with law-abiding gun owners in expressing her support for the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners who want to protect their loved ones from harm. She also joined in voting for Senate Bill 5, which recently passed the Senate. The bill would prohibit local municipalities from passing gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws. The patchwork of local ordinances governing guns is not only confusing but unconstitutional, Brooks said.
Sen. Brooks continues to be touched and uplifted by the remarkable story of BethAnn Telford, sister of her executive secretary, Michele Addams. BethAnn is the only American woman to compete in the epic 2017 World Marathon Challenge, running in seven continents in seven days. Even more noteworthy is the fact that Beth was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005, yet she continues to compete despite surgery after surgery. Her runs raise money for pediatric brain cancer research. Her sneakers are decorated with pictures drawn by children with brain cancer, and her race belt is decorated with their photographs. BethAnn said her finish line will come when brain cancer is cured.
Sen. Brooks spoke with Paula and Vincent “Joe” Smith at the 40th annual ABATE rally in the state Capitol Rotunda, which showcases the ongoing need to preserve the rights of motorcyclists and to promote their safety on the roadways.
Senator Brooks joined Senators Baker and Bartolotta in leading a lengthy hearing on whether the Governor’s call to merge four major health and human service departments into one umbrella department will actually save tax dollars without hurting vital services for senior citizens and those facing poverty, illness and addiction.
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