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Senator Gene Yaw

Monday, April 24, 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

"Work hard and do great things."

On the Horizon

Senate Reconvenes Monday, April 24th at 1 PM

State Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA

Committee Activity Streamed Live at

Senate Calendar

Monday, April 24, 2017
Public hearing to examine DNA testing and post-conviction relief
Hearing Room 1, North Office Bldg.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development
Joint public hearing on Farm Show Lease Leaseback
Hearing Room 1, North Office Bldg.

To consider Senate Bills No. 434, 461, 496, 510 and 577
Room 8E-B, East Wing

(Meetings subject to change)


Sen. Yaw to Appear on PCN Program Tuesday, April 25

Sen Yaw on PCN Call-in Program

On Tuesday, I will appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s "PCN Call-In" Program to discuss the Pennsylvania budget and other important state-related topics.

Beginning at 7 PM, I will join state Senator Art Haywood (D-4) on the program. Viewers can participate in the LIVE Call-In Program by calling 888-PA6-5001 or contacting PCNTV on Facebook and Twitter. (Check local listings for the PCN channel in your area, or PCN’s website.

PCN's Call-In Program airs Monday through Wednesday evenings from 7 PM to 8 PM.

POLST Initiative

Senator Yaw and Representative Cutler Introduce Legislation
to Represent Patients’ Wishes for End-of-Life Care

Senator Gene Yaw - POLST Press Conference

On April 17, I, along with Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) stood with the Pennsylvania Medical Society to promote an upcoming bill which would codify the Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). POLST helps patients with more advanced illness or frailty express their health care wishes, either personally or through a surrogate decision maker, for issues likely to emerge given the patients current medical condition.

To read more, click here.

Legislative Recap

Senate Panel Endorses Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved a bill this week that would remove unnecessary state barriers that prevent Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) from offering a wider variety of services to patients.

Senate Bill 25 would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a doctor.

Nearly 35 percent of Pennsylvanians live in an area or population group that has inadequate primary care access.

Several statewide and national advocacy organizations have voiced their support for full practice authority for nurse practitioners, including the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the National Academy of Medicine, AARP and the National Governors’ Association.

Committee Approves School Safety Bill

On April 19, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 383, legislation that would give school boards the option of allowing licensed and trained staff to carry firearms on school property.

SB 383, which was approved with a 9-3 bipartisan vote of the committee, would allow school personnel to have access to firearms in school safety zones if school districts establish proper guidelines and they are licensed to carry a concealed firearm and have met certain training requirements in the use and handling of firearms.

Legislation Calls for Easier Access to Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

Recently, I announced that I will again re-introduce legislation calling for easier access to abuse-deterrent opioids through insurance plans.

My bill would require insurance companies to provide access to abuse-deterrent opioids, which promote the utilization of abuse-deterrent properties that prevent cutting, dissolving, crushing pills into powder and/or melting pills to inject into needles.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging the development of opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties to help combat the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation. The agency recognizes that opioids with abuse-deterrent properties are not abuse-proof, but are a step toward products that will help reduce abuse.

Around the District

Out and About…

Union County Association of School Retirees Dinner Union County Association of School Retirees Dinner

On April 11, I addressed members of the
Union County Association of School Retirees in Lewisburg.

Chef John Folse, Chef Elaine Gardner-Dizengoff & Senator Yaw

Pictured above: Chef John Folse-Louisiana's Culinary Ambassador to the World, Restaurant Revolution, New Orleans, LA; Chef Elaine Gardner-Dizengoff (Penn College 2011)-Whole Foods Market, Fairmont, PA; and Senator Yaw.

PPL News

PPL Electric Utilities Warns Against Using Energy-Efficiency Kit Nightlights

PPL Electric Utilities announced it is asking customers not to use LED nightlights contained in energy-efficiency kits after three people reported the units started smoking and one reported it caught fire.

The nightlights were part of kits mailed to customers who completed online home energy assessments and in kits given to students as part of PPL’s THINK! ENERGY school programs.

Ecova has been mailing the kits to customers who filled out an online home energy assessment. The bulk of the 5,000 kits sent out have been mailed since February 2017. In addition, about 24,500 kits were distributed in schools around the PPL service territory in the current school year.

Anyone who received a nightlight from PPL can call Ecova (1-877-486-9204) with any questions.

For more information, visit

ABLE Program

Senator Yaw Announces Opening of PA ABLE Program to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Future Expenses

Area residents can now sign up for the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Savings Program, which provides tax-exempt accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families.

I strongly supported legislation establishing the program within the state Department of Treasury. It allows people with qualified disabilities and their families to save without jeopardizing eligibility for needed assistance.

Modeled after college savings accounts, ABLE accounts allow individuals with qualifying disabilities and their families to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses tax-free, and provides investment options offered to encourage saving private funds to support health, independence and quality of life.

PA ABLE savings accounts are excluded from eligibility determinations for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits (for savings up to $100,000), other means-tested federal programs, Medical Assistance, and other state means-tested disability and health benefits programs on which individuals with disabilities must often depend.

Under the PA ABLE Savings program, eligible individuals can:

  • Save up to $14,000 each year.

  • Grow accounts tax-free.

  • Use accounts to pay for a wide range of disability-related expenses.

  • Make federal and state income tax-free withdrawals when used for qualified disability expenses.

  • Open accounts that are exempt from Pennsylvania inheritance tax.

  • Interested families and other can visit the Department of Treasury website for more information on the ABLE savings program, sign up for updates or open an account.

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