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Senator Tom killion

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Tom Killion

Libre’s Law on its Way to Governor’s Desk

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved HB 1238, which will update and clarify existing animal abuse statutes and provide for increased penalties. This legislation is important because it not only allows us to give animals a voice, but it allows us to address some concerning connections between animal abuse and other forms of abuse.

According to the National District Attorney’s Association 2014 publication, “Understanding the Link Between Violence to Animals and People”:

  • Animal abuse presents a risk of child abuse
  • Animal violence may predict future violence against people
  • Animal abuse is used to threaten human victims
  • Animal abuse is used to prevent families from leaving the abusive home
  • The co-occurrence of multiple forms of violence (including violence toward animals) increases future violence

I am proud to support this legislation as it heads to the Governor’s desk, which he has indicted he will sign into law.

This Week in Harrisburg

Session Information for Monday, June 19, 2017

Voted in favor of SB 592 School District Administrator Contract Notice

  • This legislation is in response to an audit done by Auditor General last year, where he voiced concerns about transparency.
  • When a school board extends an employment offer to a district superintendent, assistant district superintendent, associate superintendent, or any principal, these changes require the board must first post the terms of employment on the school district’s public website.
  • The goal of the legislation is to give taxpayers an opportunity to examine the terms of employment contracts that the local school board extends to key district employees and provide their feedback, concerns or support to their elected officials.
  • The bill is now being considered in the by the House Education Committee.

Session Information for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Voted in favor of SB 180 “Donate Life PA Act”

  • Amending the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code, Title 20 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
  • Update and revise the law relating to organ and tissue donations
  • More than 8,000 patients awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant in Pennsylvania
  • This legislation is necessary to assist in addressing this public health crisis
  • Establishes a comprehensive framework for public education about organ and tissue donations
  • Clarifies the methods for making anatomical donations; and updates the law to reflect the best clinical practices to support anatomical donations for transplantations.

Session Information for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Voted in favor of SB 446 Drug Recovery House Legislation

  • An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), known as The Administrative Code of 1929, in powers and duties of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • While many recovery houses do an exceptional job through providing various services for their residents, others are owned and operated by landlords whose facilities are basically “warehouses” with little to no oversight or programs.
  • Therefore many of the residents, lacking the structure and support to continue to work on their recovery, can relapse.
  • To help those who are working to maintain their sobriety, they must have access to facilities that will maximize their chances for success – not set them up to fail.

Jury Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania

Delaware County Jury Administrator Nancy L Alkins, Delaware County Deputy Administrator Amber McAvery, and Kathy Scharr celebrating Jury Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania. I was happy to have sponsored this Resolution (SR 140), and be able to provide them with a copy to commemorate the week.

The right to a trial by jury – one of the most fundamental rights that we enjoy – it is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and by Article I, Section 6, of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The purpose of this resolution is to recognize the important role that jurors play in our justice system.

Special thanks to Pastor Calvin Williams and his wife from New Temple of Brotherly Love Church located in Chester, Delaware County.

6/21/17 - Guest Chaplain, Pastor Calvin Williams

Heatstroke Prevention Day

On Wednesday, the first official day of summer, I offered up a resolution (SR 152) designating July 31, 2017 as “Heatstroke Prevention Day” in Pennsylvania. Heatstroke deaths have been recorded in 11 months of the year in nearly all 50 states, including Pennsylvania. As of today’s date, 12 children in the U.S. have died from heatstroke inside vehicles.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related fatalities for children 14 and younger. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren’t used to driving kids or whose routine suddenly changes.

We can all help reduce the number of injuries and death caused by heatstroke by raising public awareness of the importance of preventing these senseless tragedies from occurring.

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Route 322 Update

U.S. 322 Daytime and Nighttime Restrictions Scheduled for Improvement Project in Concord Township

Daytime and nighttime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township.

On Sunday, June 25, through Thursday, June 29, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, and from Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.

For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit  

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

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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 offices are located at:

4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.

780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.

Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
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4110 Edgmont Ave
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Phone: 610-447-3163
Fax: 610-447-5848

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West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-436-3320
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