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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Measures Approved by the Senate and Sent to the House
  • Committee Round-Up
  • Around the 40th District
  • Up Next

Free College and Career Fair on April 27

On Thursday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., I will be hosting a free College & Career Fair at Nazareth Area High School. The fair includes exhibitors for people of all ages looking for a career change or to further their education. Special informational sessions for parents with children heading to college will detail how to navigate the financial aid process.

Measures Approved by the Senate and Sent to the House

The Senate approved four bills and two resolutions last week. The bills now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Bill 30 gives the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for licenses.

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.

Senate Resolution 44 condemns the recent acts of hate against the Jewish community in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Senate Bill 133 repeals the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act (Act 38 of 2012), which prohibits Pennsylvania from complying with the Federal REAL ID Act.

Senate Bill 171 requires Senate confirmation of the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Senate Bill 192 gives the Pennsylvania Game Commission the authority to set hunting and fur-taking license fees.

Senate Bill 250 authorizes a $15 million transfer from the Unemployment Compensation Fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Committee Round-Up


On Wednesday, a joint public hearing was held on the Wolf Administration’s proposed consolidation of departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol Programs.

The hearing was held by the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and the Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Hearing Video & Testimony


The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 133 last Monday. The measure repeals the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act (Act 38 of 2012), which prohibits Pennsylvania from complying with the Federal REAL ID Act.


The Senate Education Committee approved six measures on Wednesday.

Senate Resolution 34 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study and issue a report on the long-term sustainability and viability of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Senate Bill 363 updates Act 168 of 2014, Pennsylvania’s “Passing the Trash” law.

Senate Bill 406 amends the Public School Code to require all millage tax increases be approved by a two-thirds majority vote by the board of school directors.

Senate Bill 494 would bar public school teachers from working full-time for their union while remaining on their district’s payroll. These teachers are commonly referred to as “ghost teachers.”

House Bill 202 eliminates the statutory requirement for the development and implementation of Keystone Exams in English Composition, Algebra II, Geometry, U.S. History, Chemistry, Civics and Government, and World History.

House Bill 224 provides civil immunity to trained school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors (epi-pens) to students.


The Senate Judiciary Committee approved five measures last Tuesday.

Senate Resolution 32 directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the use of youth courts in Pennsylvania’s education and juvenile justice systems.

Senate Resolution 35 directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish an Animal Abuse Prevention Task Force to conduct an analysis of laws for the prevention of animal cruelty and abuse and report its findings and recommendations to the Senate.

Senate Bill 108 prohibits the discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.

Senate Bill 554 immunizes child victims of human trafficking from criminal prosecution.

Senate Bill 560 amend the Wiretap Act to allow police officers to use body-worn cameras.

On Monday, the committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 400 and the investigation of police-involved shootings. Hearing Video & Testimony

Local Government

The Senate Local Government Committee reported out three bills last Tuesday:

Senate Bill 365 – Increases from $1000 to $2000 the value level of personal property that can be sold by a 2nd Class Township without going to bid.

Senate Bill 399  – Clarifies that a 2nd Class Township Supervisor can hold both an elected and appointed position within the township as long as it is not prohibited elsewhere in statute.

Senate Bill 5 – Prevents municipalities from imposing ordinances pertaining to firearms and ammunition that are more restrictive than state law; provides relief option for those adversely affected by local regulations.


The Senate Transportation Committee approved three bills last Tuesday.

Senate Bill 289 designates a bridge on the portion of old State Route 22 over the Conemaugh River in Blairsville Borough, Indiana County, as the Blairsville Area Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Senate Bill 435 would require all motorists to clear snow and ice from the top of their vehicles before driving.

Senate Bill 553 provides for chemical testing to determine amount of alcohol or controlled substance; and, in driving after imbibing alcohol or utilizing drugs, further providing for penalties and for ignition interlock.

The committee also held a public hearing on PennDOT Budget and Program Priorities. Hearing Video

Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved two bills last Tuesday.

House Bill 165 creates the Pennsylvania Achievement Medal and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award and adds those two new decorations to the list of existing medals, badges, and awards that are authorized and presented by the Governor in the name of the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 552 redirects funds to a new Pennsylvania Veterans' Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund and would require those funds be used for the operation and maintenance of monuments designated by Department of Military & Veterans Affairs in consultation with the State Veterans’ Commission.

On Wednesday, the committee held a joint public hearing with the Senate Labor and Industry Committee on the State Workers Insurance Fund (SWIF) and the impact of the Cancer Presumption Act. SWIF is the provider of last resort for municipalities and their fire companies. Hearing Video & Testimony

Around the 40th District

Senator Scavello

This week I welcomed my district intern, Heather Pope, to the floor of the Senate chamber. A high-performing and driven student at Northampton Community College, Heather has quickly learned many aspects of running a Senate office. I want to offer my sincerest best wishes as she reaches completion of her internship and continues to further her education – I have no doubt that she will be successful at anything she does! .

Congratulations to the boys of Cub Scout Pack 44 in Nazareth who were recognized at their Blue & Gold Banquet this week. These boys have done outstanding work so far and I look forward to being invited to each of their Eagle Scout ceremonies in the future! Senator Scavello

Senator Scavello It was a pleasure meeting with members of the Stroud Township Volunteer Fire Company in Harrisburg and discussing issues that affect volunteer firefighters and other first responders. Member Brian McCartney testified at a Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness joint hearing regarding issues that Stroud has faced with the Statewide Insurance Fund. They even got to take a picture with the Governor himself! Thank you all for coming down to the Capitol.

Many students were honored at this week’s Career Institute of Technology (CIT) National Technical Honor Society banquet. As a big supporter of career and technical education, it was great to see so many students recognized for their exceptional skills in their various fields of study. Congratulations to all who were honored. Senator Scavello

Senator Scavello State Rep. Joe Emrick and I recently attended the Sportsman’s Banquet at Upper Mount Bethel Fire Company. We were able to greet many local sporting enthusiasts and hear their concerns and suggestions affecting sportsmen and women in the Commonwealth. It was a pleasure meeting with all of you.

Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center celebrated the continued outpouring of support from the community with their Grand Re-opening Gala. Pocono Cinema is a gem in the local community and critical to supporting the arts throughout the region. Pictured with me is local artist Jill Swersie and her husband, Jack. Her beautiful artwork is on display at the Cinema along with a number of other talented individuals from the area. Senator Scavello

Senator Scavello Michael and Pat Murray were honored as the Grand Marshals of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Thank you both for your continued involvement in the community and helping keep this parade going strong year after year!

Up Next

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