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Scavello Lauds PAC Worldwide Expansion into Lower Nazareth, 40th Senate District, Creating More than 160 New Manufacturing Jobs
The announcement that PAC Worldwide will be expanding its operations to Lower Nazareth Township, creating 160 new jobs in Northampton County, is great news for our region. One of my top priorities as a state lawmaker has been to foster job creation, improve our business climate and spur economic growth in Pennsylvania.
PAC Worldwide will lease a 420,000-square-foot facility in Lower Nazareth. The project includes leasehold improvements, equipment acquisition and training for its employees. PAC plans to invest more than $28 million into the project, which will create more than 160 new jobs over the next three years.
PAC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $489,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $326,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $73,350 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.
PAC manufactures protective mailers and specialty packaging for the courier, e-commerce, fulfillment, and distribution markets, and offers a full portfolio of branded and stock packaging with bubble lined and flat solutions.
Strong communities across the 40th Senatorial District require access to good jobs and a diverse economy that reflects the changing marketplace. We need to keep working diligently to feature Pennsylvania’s infrastructural potential and proximity to major markets while streamlining regulations and lowering the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania, so that employers can continue to operate and those looking to relocate will feel confident that Pennsylvania is open for business.
Scavello Showcases Inspirational Recording Artist Joe Scorsone
It was a joy to kick off the New Year showcasing FLINTFACE, aka recording artist Joe Scorsone and his touring band, who are dedicated to inspiring hope and resilience in youth using music and "Made in USA" wood products.
Congratulations to El Valley Diner and owner Augustin Marte on the grand opening of his second location in Middle Smithfield Township. At the request of many customers and local residents, Augustin decided it was time to open a location in Middle Smithfield. Make sure to stop by for some great Spanish-American food!
Congratulations to the newest Eagle Scout of Troop 62, Samuel Arnold. Samuel’s Eagle Project was the enhancement of grasslands and nectar-bearing native wildflowers on the mountain at the Lehigh Gap Nature Preserve. I look forward to seeing Samuel’s future accomplishments!
Troop 76 of Nazareth welcomed Nicholas Marth as their newest Eagle Scout this week. Nicholas, it was my pleasure to join State Rep. Marcia Hahn in recognizing your great accomplishment. We wish you the best as you move to your next adventure. For his Eagle project, Nicholas built a Veterans’ memorial at Gracedale Nursing Home. Your recognition is well-deserved.
Scavello Bill Permitting Leashed Tracking Dogs Advances in House
Legislation I’m sponsoring to allow the use a leashed tracking dog to track white-tailed deer which has been legally harvested or wounded was approved by the House Game and Fisheries Committee this week.
Senate Bill 135 was approved by the Senate last year and is now before the full House of Representatives.
Currently under the Pennsylvania Game Code, it is unlawful for any person to make use of a dog in any manner to hunt or take big game, other than wild turkey during the fall season, or to permit a dog under a person’s ownership or control to pursue big game. This legislation would not change this prohibition, rather it would assist hunters in tracking the harvested game.
The use of properly trained and controlled tracking dogs can prove instrumental in recovering a mortally wounded animal, and greatly decrease the chances of leaving deceased white-tailed deer unrecovered. This simple and humane proposed change in the law will be of great benefit to both our sporting community and one of our most valued natural resources, the white-tailed deer.
The use of leashed tracking dogs are allowed in approximately 35 states, six of which surround Pennsylvania.
Senate Approves Bill Allowing Disposal of Unused Opioids by Hospice Staff
As part of continuing efforts to address Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis, the Senate approved a bill that provides for the proper disposal of unused hospice drugs.
Until recently, when a home hospice patient died, unused medications could be discarded by a hospice or homecare provider. A change to federal Drug Enforcement Agency rules now prohibits that practice. The result is home hospice providers cannot dispose of the drugs unless otherwise authorized by state law to dispose of the decedent’s personal property.
This places an unnecessary burden on grieving families as they must find a legal way to dispose of those medications, which has resulted in the intentional or unintentional misuse or abuse of those drugs.
Senate Bill 978, which gives hospice staff the authority to properly destroy unused drugs following a patient’s death, was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 373 allows patients to authorize payment of insurance benefits directly to dental service providers, a practice known as assignment-of-benefits.
Senate Bill 817 extends a lease.
Senate Bill 827 allows individuals to plan for the management and disposition of their digital assets by providing instructions in a will, trust, or power of attorney.
Senate Bill 851 clarifies ownership of properties that are in the delinquent tax sale process.
Senate Bill 977 provides additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process.
House Bill 1448 charges the Department of Education with providing information on its website to compare institutions of higher education. The bill returns to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.
Senate Calls for Study of PennDOT/Turnpike Consolidation
The Senate adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling for a study of a potential consolidation of PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission operations.
Senate Resolution 209 directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the challenges and opportunities of consolidating the interstate operations of PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission and to provide a final report with findings of fact, recommendations and any proposed legislative remedies.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 228, legislation to establish a Task Force on Global Education. The task force will analyze global education in our K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and make recommendations to ensure Pennsylvania students graduate ready to compete in the global economy.
Measures Sent to Governor for Enactment
Senate Bill 497 eliminates the waste designation for slag when it is sold as a commodity and is not a discarded material.
Senate Bill 542 permits pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for uncontrolled substances for up to 30 days, with restrictions.
House Bill 1608 renames a Huntingdon County bridge.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills on Monday.
Senate Bill 373 allows patients to authorize payment of insurance benefits directly to dental service providers.
Senate Bill 851 clarifies ownership of properties that are in the delinquent tax sale process.
Labor & Industry
The Senate Labor and Industry Committee approved two bills on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 963 addresses a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision related to workers’ compensation.
House Bill 1001 requires state licensure for home inspectors.
Following the action of bills, the committee approved the nomination of Gerald Oleksiak to serve as the next Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The Senate Local Government Committee approved several bills Tuesday.
Bills allowing for municipal purchase of used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid:
Bills increasing the dollar threshold for needing to advertise the sale of municipal personal property:
Senate Bill 950 authorizes county commissioners, by resolution, to implement a Voluntary Real Estate Sales Verification Form Pilot Program
House Bill 99 allows boroughs to issue contracts during an emergency without advertising, bidding or price quotations and requires council to disclose the reasons at its next public hearing. Also adds electricity to existing list of utility services for boroughs not subject to advertising, bidding or price quotations
House Bill 1034 provides additional procedures for the collection of monies by municipal authorities
The committee held a joint public hearing Monday with the House Local Government Committee on the state of municipal pensions in Pennsylvania, and legislation to address underfunded local pensions. The committees heard from representatives of PA municipalities, as well as police and firefighters who would be affected by changes in municipal pensions.
The Senate Transportation Committee approved four bills on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 880 allows 102-inch wide trailers on Pennsylvania highways.
Senate Bill 1002 renames a bridge.
Senate Bill 1015 adds “Special Emergency Response Team” to the definition of emergency service responders and emergency vehicles in state law.
Senate Bill 1024 increases the distracted driving fine from $50 to $100 in an active work zone or on a highway safety corridor.
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness
On Monday, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 1019, a rewrite of the state Emergency Management Code. Hearing Video & Written Testimony
On Wednesday, the committee held a joint public hearing with the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on issues facing Pennsylvania veterans. Hearing Video & Written Testimony
The Senate returns to voting session Monday at 1 p.m. You can watch session live at PASenateGOP.com.
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