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Budget Hearings Wrap-Up
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have had the opportunity over the past weeks to review the Governor’s proposed fiscal year 2017-18 Budget and discuss the proposal with the heads of the various departments that comprise our state government.
DEP Permitting Transparency Legislation Introduced
Recently, I introduced legislation that will streamline the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permitting process and make it easier for developers to keep track of their project without compromising any environmental standards.
Senate Bill 487 would require the DEP to create and maintain a secure online permit tracking system available to applicants for tracking the status of permit applications. Moreover, as many permits can extend over several years, my legislation would also require DEP to provide electronic notifications to permit holders 60 days before the permit’s expiration date as well as notifications regarding changes in statues, regulations, and fees that may affect a permit.
This legislation will ensure that developers wanting to build in Pennsylvania are given clear information by state government and do not have to spend time and resources dealing with governmental “red tape.”
“Summer Gas” Repeal Update
I’m happy to report that we are one step closer to eliminating the “Summer Gas” requirement in Western PA, which will make gasoline cheaper for all consumers in the 47th Senate District.
On February 25, my proposal to eliminate the specialized gasoline requirement for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Area was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, with a 62-day public comment period. After this public comment period, the regulation will be submitted to the EPA for approval as a revision to Pennsylvania’s state environmental plan.
This process was initiated by my legislation, Act 50 of 2014, and has since been making its way through the lengthy regulatory process involving both the state and federal government. It is my hope that once enacted, it will significantly lower the price of gasoline for all consumers in the 47th Senate District.
Congratulations to Mason Leddon, a student at Slippery Rock High School and winner of the youth rifle I donated at the Friends of the NRA Banquet. Pictured with grandfather, Bob Leddon.
Beaver County Humane Society Donations Being Accepted
My Rochester District Office is accepting donations for the Beaver County Humane Society as they are facing a revenue shortfall with its 2017 budget. I support the Humane Society and recognize the great work that they do for local animals in need and I know that thousands of my constituents feel the same way.
They are accepting monetary donations as well as a varied list of supplies, such as paper towels, bleach, etc. which are very much needed. Click here to view their “wish list”.
If you have supplies or other donations you’d like to give to the Beaver County Humane Society, you can drop them off at my Rochester District Office (488 Adams St, Rochester) during regular office hours 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
Call 724-774-0444 if you have any questions.
New Castle Sanitation Authority Receives $11 Million in State Financing
The New Castle Sanitation Authority was recently awarded an $11 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to provide sewage service in Shenango Township.
The project involves the installation of more than 220,000 feet of service lines and several other major improvements to the current system. A sewage disposal needs survey in Shenango Township found that 69 percent of the on-lot disposal systems were malfunctioning.
This project will address serious contamination issues caused by the release of untreated or partially treated sewage into local waterways by malfunctioning systems and provide a safe disposal system.
PENNVEST financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state. It is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth.
Mentored Youth Trout Days Scheduled for March
Parents and kids eagerly awaiting the start of the 2017 fishing season, which kicks off March 25 with the first of two Mentored Youth Trout Days. The second one is set for April 8. Now in its fourth year, the program provides adult mentors with the opportunity to take kids fishing before the traditional rush of the regional and statewide opening days of trout season.
To participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license. Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.
Congratulations to District Champion Basketball Teams
Congratulations to both the New Castle Red Hurricane and Wilmington Area Greyhounds Boys Basketball teams on being crowned District Champions in their respective Districts and classifications!
The New Castle Boys Basketball team recently defeated Quaker Valley 73 to 58 in the 4-A title game, claiming their 4th WPIAL title since 2012. The Wilmington Area Boys Basketball Team won their first ever District 10 title by defeating West Middlesex 59-51 in the 2-A title game at Slippery Rock University.
Replace Your Smoke Alarm Batteries
The State Fire Commissioner is reminding citizens to test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and change their batteries if needed. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. As a matter of convenience, it is recommended to check these batteries every time we change our clocks for daily savings time.
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