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Monroe County Habitat for Humanity Seeking Home Preservation Applications
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is seeking applications for home preservation projects, specifically projects that can be completed prior to July 1 of this year. Applicants must be income eligible and up-to-date on their mortgage, property taxes and have homeowner's insurance. You can find the application here.
If you are interested in applying or have further questions, please call 570-216-4390.
Monroe County Career Quest Job Fair April 18
Career Link of Monroe County is hosting its Annual Career Quest Job Fair on Tuesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus. 72 vendors from across numerous industries and companies will be on site in the gymnasium at NCC’s Pocono Hall. If you have further questions, please contact Career Link in Tannersville at 570-620-2850.
Scavello Takes Part in “American Red Cross Month” Rally at Capitol
Listen: Senator Scavello discusses his involvement with the American Red Cross.
On Wednesday, I joined a Capitol rally to mark “American Red Cross Month” and recognize the nation’s many dedicated volunteers who help those in need.
The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881. It was inspired by the global Red Cross active in Europe.
Today, Red Cross volunteers help families find shelter after a home fire, donate blood to help trauma victims, deliver comfort items to military members in hospitals around the world, teach lifesaving skills and are among the first to respond to disasters in our home communities.
It’s important to note that the Red Cross is a non-governmental agency and a non-profit that relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. Volunteers comprise 90 percent of its workforce.
I am proud to host the annual Red Cross of the Pocono Mountains Telethon to raise money to continue the organizations lifesaving work throughout the region. This year, the telethon raised more than $72,000. Approximately 91 cents of every dollar raised goes to the people needing these services.
Each and every day, the American Red Cross depends on individuals like all of you standing here today to deliver help during an emergency and offer hope to families and communities dealing with emergencies. Without the help of the American Red Cross and its volunteers, families, communities and emergency service providers across the nation would be void of support during their greatest times of need.
Senate Approves Scavello Bill Allowing Falconry on Sundays
Legislation I sponsored to allow Pennsylvanians to engage in falconry on Sundays was approved by the Senate on Monday.
Currently, Pennsylvania law prohibits hunting on Sunday, with the exception of the hunting of foxes and coyotes. Senate Bill 123 will add an exception for falconry, the sport of hunting small game species with birds of prey. The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Of all the field sports that fall under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, falconry is the only one that uses a trained wild animal. This legislation is being offered because these birds of prey need to fly and eat daily. Under current law, a falconer who wishes to take his or her bird of prey out in the wild, even for daily flight and not to hunt, would still be in violation of the Sunday hunting prohibition.
Hawks and falcons that are utilized are a valuable part of the Commonwealth's unique and diverse wildlife, and that laws and regulations are in place to ensure that falconers follow sound conservation principles in pursuit of the sport.
Endangered birds of prey have benefited from the long-standing tradition of falconry, a sport which has been used historically for re-introduction of these species in the wild. There are fewer than 200 falconers in Pennsylvania, and all must qualify under the strict guidelines of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Falconry program.
Senate Approves Lobbyist Disclosure Bill
The Senate approved government reform legislation on Wednesday that would provide improved transparency regarding lobbyist disclosure reports.
Senate Bill 169 would require lobbyists to register and file reports electronically through a computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Currently, lobbyists may register and file reports on paper forms, which in some cases has delayed the posting of the information on the department's website.
SB 169 requires the department to post on its website all lobbying registration and reporting documents it receives within seven days. Under current law, lobbyists may register and file reports with the Department on paper forms. In some cases this has led to delayed posting of the information on the Department's publicly accessible website.
The measure also bars lobbyists from charging a contingency fee for grants awarded to their clients. SB 169 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Additional Bills Approved by the Senate and sent to House
Senate Bill 137 codifies the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General.
Senate Bill 265 designates the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg as the Senator Harold Mowery Market Street Bridge.
Senate Bill 274 officially recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists under Pennsylvania statute.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved three bills on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 30 gives the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission the authority
to establish the fees that it charges for licenses.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved seven bills on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 95 addresses lawsuits filed against a person or organization for statements made or positions taken in connection with a matter of public interest or regulation.
Senate Bill 222 adds court of common pleas judges in several counties across the state.
Senate Bill 260 addresses representation of crime victims on the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Senate Bill 298 increases the penalties for animal abuse (Libre’s Law).
Senate Bill 421 addresses the pay disparity between state corrections managers and officers.
Senate Bill 522 amends Title 42 and Title 61 to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Senate Bill 523 amends the Crime Victims Act to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Labor & Industry
The Senate Labor & Industry Committee approved Senate Bill 250 on Tuesday. The bill authorizes a $15 million transfer from the Unemployment Compensation Fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing on making healthcare delivery more efficient and affordable, examining the Alaska Medicaid Coordinated Care Initiative.
The State Government Committee approved two bills and a resolution on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 178 updates and modernizes the state History Code.
Senate Bill 303 addresses Project 70 restrictions on lands owned by the Borough of Topton.
Senate Resolution 36 urges Congress to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with implementation of state medical marijuana laws.
The Senate Transportation Committee held a public hearing Tuesday on Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) and legislation that would authorize autonomous vehicle testing in Pennsylvania.
The Senate will reconvene Monday at 1 p.m. You can watch session live at PASenateGOP.com.
The Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m. on the State Workers Insurance Fund and the impact of the Cancer Presumption Act. This hearing will be held jointly with the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
On Wednesday at 1 p.m., a joint Senate hearing will be held to examine the impact on the Commonwealth on the Governor’s proposed consolidation of the departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug and Alcohol Programs. You can watch both hearings live at PASenateGOP.com.
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