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Senate Resolution 6
In 2003, the General Assembly adopted Senate Resolution 60, which created a special commission to study and make recommendations on the delivery of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2004, this commission put forth 23 recommendations, many of which were adopted or acted upon.
Almost 14 years later, there are still many challenges continuing to face our Fire & EMS communities, including the loss of volunteer first responders, exorbitant costs of apparatus, and training needs.
I am proud to be a co-sponsor and vote in favor of Senate Resolution 6, which recommends another commission to study our Fire & EMS system. The commission will include members of the Senate and House, representatives of the fire and EMS community, and municipalities. The commission will make its recommendations by June 30, 2018.
On Tuesday this week, the commission met for the first time at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters in Harrisburg. I look forward to learning more about their recommendations so that we can help further assist the Fire & EMS communities of the 9th Senatorial District and all across the state.
Assistance for Veterans Available
I am beginning a partnership with the Pennsylvania American Legion to assist veterans at my Brookhaven office, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24th. I would like to encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment for these assistance hours.
A representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will be available at my Brookhaven district office, located at 4110 Edgmont Avenue. Appointments for these hours are strongly encouraged and can be made by contacting the office at (610) 447 – 3163. If a veteran cannot attend this date, this service will be offered every fourth Wednesday of each month.
Municipal Option to Prohibit Siting of Category 4 Casino
On October 30, 2017, Governor Wolf signed into law HB 271 which amends the Pennsylvania Race horse Development and Gaming Act and authorizes a number of gambling expansion opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
One such opportunity is found in the creation of up to ten Category 4 slot machines licenses which would likely, but not necessarily, be owned and operated by existing Pennsylvania licensed casino operators which already have other gaming properties in the Commonwealth. Under the expansion language, each Category 4 casino could operate between 300 and 750 slot machines and eventually up to 40 table games.
The Act provides a “Municipal Option” which provides municipalities the option to prohibit, or opt-out of, the siting of a Category 4 facility within that municipality.
Senate District 9 Municipalities Who Have Opted-Out are Shown in Red
Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis
In the past year and a half, I have supported legislation to battle Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. Act 125, my legislation, establishes a safe opioid prescribing curriculum in medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training. I have also supported legislation that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania issued a 90-day disaster declaration over the opioid crisis, widening access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program and making it easier for medical professionals to get people into drug treatment more quickly. The declaration will help enhance coordination and data collection, improve tools for families and first responders as well as speed up and expand access to treatment. More information can be found here.
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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
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St