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Senator Killion Joins Republican Colleagues to Unveil Bills to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Laws
Earlier this week seeking to strengthen and reform Pennsylvania’s domestic violence laws, Senator Tom McGarrigle, Senator Randy Vulakovich, Senator Camera Bartolotta and I unveiled four bills designed to offer greater protection to victims of domestic violence and their children.
We were joined by representatives of law enforcement and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence at a news conference at the state capitol to outline the reform measures, which were developed with input and support from district attorneys, domestic violence experts and others who have an interest in improving the judicial system’s ability to protect victims. These bills are part of a coordinated effort to help more than 89,000 victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.
Every day, victims of domestic abuse are seeking protection from abusers. Yet, we continue to experience a senseless loss of life. These bills are intended to strengthen our Protection from Abuse Act to provide greater safety for victims and their families.
The bills were part of a report issued by the Joint State Government Commission in November 2016. The report was completed after the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 735, which I was a co-sponsor of while a member of the House.
PA Small Water and Sewer Grants Awarded to Townships of the 9th Senatorial District
I am so pleased to announce that three townships located in the 9 th Senatorial District have been awarded grant money to fund local sewer projects.
In Chester County the West Goshen Sewer Authority has been awarded $290,000 in funds to assist in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant located within the township. Westtown Township will use $210,975 to renovate the Kirkland Pump Station. West Goshen Sewer Authority will make upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant to comply with an interim TMDL agreement with the US EPA for phosphorus reduction. Polyaluminum chloride (PAC) transfer pumps will be replaced and PAC chemical feed pumps will be upgraded. A new hydrated lime chemical feed system will be installed along with pH and phosphorous analyzers at the final clarifiers to control the rate of feed of both PAC and hydrated lime. Westtown is planning to renovate Kirkland Pump Station to increase reliability and efficiency. The project includes installing new sewage pumps and controls, a new sewage grinder in the wet will, a new valve vault with flow meter, and the reconnection of pump discharge piping to the existing force
In Delaware County Nether Providence Township has been awarded $147,721 in grant money from the PA Small Water and Sewer to help reline the Beatty Run and Creekside Lane sewer lines within the township. The project will reline 2,300 linear feet of 15’ and 18’ sewer line along Beatty Run and 150 linear feet of 8’ sewer line along Creekside Lane. The Beatty Run sewer line is the largest line in the township and has been subject to sanitary sewer overflow, resulting in a consent order with PA DEP. This relining project will resolve the two largest priority inflow and infiltration problem areas identified in the township.
Over the past months I have worked with these townships and advocated for these grant awards. I am so pleased that they will receive funding from the PA Small Water and Sewer. I know that with the completion of these projects it will greatly benefit the residents of the 9th Senatorial District.
Reminder New District Office Open in West Goshen
License Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania
As we wrap up the month of I would like to remind everyone to license your dogs. March is License Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, and the Department of Agriculture reminds pet owners they must license their dogs ages 3 months and older. Failure can result in a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs.
An annual license is $6.50 and a lifetime license is $31.50 for spayed or neutered animals. Dog licenses are available from county treasurers and other licensing agents. If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way to get your pet back.http://www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov/.
It was great to visit the 2nd grade students and faculty at Pennell Elementary in Aston, Delaware County and continue our discussion on their proposal for a State Mineral. We sure do have some bright students here in the 9th Senatorial District.
Route 322 Roadwork Updates
Single lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) in Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, and Route 309 (Bethlehem Pike) in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County, for work related to a 2.7 million project to install safety measures on state highways across the Philadelphia region
The work schedule for next week is:
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive