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Senator Gene Yaw

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Gene Yaw
State Senator

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."


Budget Appropriations Hearing ReCap

2017-18 Budget Discussions Continue Thru March 10

 3/1/17 - Conservation & Natural Resources
Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

 3/2/17 - PEMA and Fire Commissioner
Senator Gene Yaw questions agency officials during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

 3/2/17 - Liquor Control Board
Senator Gene Yaw questions PLCB board members during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

  3/2/17 - Corrections and Probation & Parole
Senator Gene Yaw questions Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel and Chairman of the Board of Probation & Parole Leo Dunn during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the proposed Department of Criminal Justice, merging the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation & Parole.

Around the District

Susquehanna County Dairy Day

On March 3, I attended the annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day, held at Elk Lake School. Dairy Day offers area dairy farmers not only a chance to get together to learn new things about their industry, but also offers a chance for the entire community to meet each March in what is most likely the largest gathering in the county. I was again happy to join my colleagues Senator Lisa Baker, PA State Rep. Tina Pickett & PA State Rep. Jonathan Fritz to provide a legislative update for attendees.

Susquehanna County Dairy Day Susquehanna County Dairy Day

Annual Scholarship Challenge Held in Sayre

On March 4th, I attended the annual Scholarship Challenge in Sayre featuring area high school seniors from Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier and New York’s Southern Tier. Teams from 24 high schools competed in the Scholarship Challenge this year. The Towanda High School team came in second place on Saturday, taking home $1,000 for its school.

Congratulations to Towanda High School and all of this year’s participants.

Sayre Scholarship Challenge
From left: Towanda Coach Phyllis McNeal, myself, Katie Christian, Ben Jenkins, Laura Larcom, Anthony Esposito, Todd Koss, Carter Templeton, and Principal Dennis Peachey
*Photo courtesy of the Towanda Daily Review

PA Department of Health News

Blood Pressure Screening Clinic

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be conducting a free blood pressure screening clinic on Wednesday, March 15 at the Trehab Food Bank, 81 Industrial Drive, Montrose, PA 18801.

The clinic will take place from 1 PM to 2 PM.

Please contact the Susquehanna County State Health Center at 570-278-3889 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Addiction Awareness Program Yo Be Held at Bradford County YMCA

On Friday, March 10th, an addiction awareness event, which will feature 12 speakers, will be held at the Bradford County Branch YMCA in Towanda. The event, which is open to the public, is being organized by the YMCA and the Endless Mountains Addiction Awareness Committee.

The event at the YMCA, dubbed 'An Evening of Addiction Awareness,' will feature live music, an array of powerful speakers, informational tables, a variety of food, face painting, children’s crafts and more.

Music and other festivities will begin at 6:30 PM.. Speakers will start at 7 PM.

Veterans Town Hall Meeting

Susquehanna County Tick-Borne Diseases

Donate Today

Red Cross Month
March is Red Cross Month
. If you are healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds, please consider a blood donation and help save lives. Find more information and a blood drive near you:

PA Fish and Boat Commission News

Cold Water Boating Safety

PA Fish & Boat CommissionSome 80 percent of all recreational boating fatalities occur when a boater fails to wear a life jacket, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

During the winter and spring months, sudden cold water immersion triggers cold water shock. In water temperatures less than 70 degrees, involuntary gasping, hyperventilation, breathlessness, and reduced ability to control breathing and swimming occurs.

Pennsylvania’s boating safety requirements include a mandatory life jacket usage law in effect from November 1 through April 30. In addition, whether underway or at anchor, boaters on vessels less than 16 feet long, canoes or kayaks are required to wear U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices.

Consult the PA Boating Handbook (page 11) for an understanding of the legal requirements for year around boating in PA.

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