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Senator Gene Yaw

Tuesday, May 2, 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

"The value of our lives is measured by how we leave others in our wake,
whether it's our spouses, our children or the person down the street.

On The Mark

Senator Yaw to Discuss State Issues on WKOK’s
"On The Mark" Program May 8

Senator Yaw - On the Mark - 1070 WKOK

On Monday, May 8, I will join WKOK Program Director and host Mark Lawrence as a featured guest on the radio program "On The Mark" where I will discuss a number of important state-related issues and take calls from area listeners. Listeners can participate in the live program by calling 1-800-795-WKOK or by email at

You can live stream the discussion "On The Mark" by visiting

The program will air live beginning at 8:30 AM on Newsradio 1070 WKOK. Be sure to Tune-In.

Under the Dome

Senator Yaw Joins Governor for
Ceremonial Bill Signing of Opioid Measures

Senator Yaw with Governor Wolf at bill signing

Last week, I joined Governor Tom Wolf for a ceremonial bill signing at the State Capitol Building that marked the passage of legislation aimed at curbing Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic.

Approved by the Legislature last October, Act 124, formerly Senate Bill 1202, was introduced by Senator John Wozniak and myself. The bipartisan legislation requires prescribers and dispensers to obtain initial and continuing education in pain management, identification of addiction and the use of opioids as effective treatment.

To read more, click here.

ERE Committee Corner

Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Review

On Tuesday, April 25, a public meeting of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee convened to consider:

• Senate Bill 144 (Yaw) Amends Act 537 to allow for “alternative systems” for planning purposes.

• Senate Bill 497 (Vogel) Eliminates the waste designation for steel slag when it is being sold in the stream of commerce and is not a discarded material. *Amendment (Vogel)

• Senate Bill 646 (Killion) Amends the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act to remove the sunset date for the fee.

• Senate Resolution 33 (Yudichak) Establishes a task force on lead exposure and the hazards of lead poisoning. *Amendment (Yudichak)

 [Watch Meeting VIDEO here]

To preview the ERE Committee website, click here.

Legislative ReCap

Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee
Holds Hearing on Farm Show Lease Leaseback

Senator Gene Yaw and Senator Elder Vogel Jr

The Wolf Administration’s proposal to raise budget revenue via a Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex lease/leaseback plan was the subject of a joint public hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development and the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. The proposal is a key component of the proposed 2017-2018 state budget.

Measure Calling for Fire/EMS Review Receives Final Approval

A Senate-sponsored measure calling for a comprehensive review of Pennsylvania’s volunteer fire departments and EMS organizations received final legislative approval on Wednesday, April 26.

The Senate unanimously concurred on House amendments to Senate Resolution 6, which calls for a "reboot" of Senate Resolution 60 of 2003, the comprehensive study of fire and EMS issues completed in 2004.

Senate Committee Approves Change in Taxation of Vapor Products

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would change the way Pennsylvania taxes e-cigarette products to help prevent more vapor shops from going out of business.

Senate Bill 508 would eliminate the 40 percent wholesale tax and replace it with a 5-cents per milliliter retail tax on e-liquid.

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Basic Firearms Rights

The Senate also passed legislation that will protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and shield them from having to fight overly restrictive local firearms ordinances. The bill passed by a vote of 34 to 16.

Senate Bill 5 permits an individual or organization to sue to block an overly restrictive local firearms ordinance.

Bill Toughens State’s Drug Overdose Good Samaritan Law

I recently introduced legislation that will toughen existing state law related to drug overdoses. Under Senate Bill 654, an overdose victim will be required to obtain treatment within 30 days after receiving emergency medical assistance in order to qualify for immunity or face jail time.

Pennsylvania’s current Good Samaritan Law, Act 139 of 2014, provides immunity to an individual for minor drug possession offenses when he or she seeks emergency medical assistance for a drug overdose. The law is meant to encourage people to quickly report overdoses to emergency personnel without fearing legal repercussions. Under the law, individuals experiencing an overdose are also currently immune from prosecution.

To read more, click here.

Dancing With the Stars

Dancing the Night Away with Hope Enterprises

Dancing the Night Away with Hope Enterprises

On April 21, I had the honor of serving as a guest judge for a wonderful evening sponsored by Leadership Lycoming. The event, modeled after "Dancing with the Stars" had Lycoming County "stars" dancing with Hope individuals with disABILITIES in a friendly competition that included live entertainment, light refreshments and, of course, plenty of dancing!

The attendance was incredible and it truly was a fun-filled evening - - all for a great cause.

Satellite Office Hours

District Outreach Events

As a means to better serve the residents of the 23rd Senatorial District through increased outreach efforts, the added hours and locations below will provide better opportunities for area residents to meet directly with a member of my staff.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
3 - 5 PM
Allen F. Pierce Library
34 Fenner Street
Troy, PA 16947

Thursday, May 11, 2017
3 - 5 PM
Wyalusing Library
115 Church Street
Wyalusing, PA 18853

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10 AM - Noon
Towanda Library
104 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848

Thursday, May 25, 2017
3 - 5 PM
Green Free Library
38 North Center Street
Canton, PA 17724

Constituent services are always available at my Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9 AM - 5 PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772.

Supporting Conservation Efforts

State Legislature Declares April 23-30 "Conservation District Week"

The Pennsylvania State Senate and the House of Representatives have declared April 23-30, 2017 as "Conservation District Week" in the Commonwealth. The dates coincide with Earth Day (April 22nd) events and celebrations.

Members of both Chambers this week approved unanimous consent resolutions recognizing the event. Sixty-six of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have a conservation district office. These offices have volunteer directors and staff who work to enhance locally led efforts that support the wise use of the State’s natural resources.

In recognition of Conservation District Week in Pennsylvania (April 23-30), Senator Yaw presented a citation honoring the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts to area conservation district leaders.

Senator Gene Yaw with Senator Elder Vogel, Joanne Day and Andy Trostle
Pictured left to right are Senator Elder Vogel Jr. (R-47, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee;
Joanne Day, Sullivan County Conservation District; Andy Trostle, Sullivan County Conservation District; and Senator Gene Yaw.

On The Horizon

Center for Rural Pennsylvania to Hold Hearing Discussing
Grandparents Rights as a Result of Heroin, Opioid Epidemic

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, beginning at 9:30 AM in Room 8-EB at the State Capitol, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan, bicameral research agency of the General Assembly will hold a public hearing looking at the challenges and to evaluate solutions for Pennsylvania’s grandparents in the midst of the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The hearing will discuss legal and financial issues, as well as support programs grandparents encounter as they become the primary caregiver when a biological parent is removed from the home due to a substance use disorder.

Details and agenda items will be posted at

PSATS Annual Legislative Convention

PSATS, Legislators Meet in Harrisburg

In addition to a legislative reception held during the Annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Conference last week, township officials and Association staff visited the state capitol to discuss important local matters with their state lawmakers.

I was happy to meet with many of our local supervisors from across Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties during their visit to Harrisburg.

Senator Yaw & Jodi Willow 
Above: Senator Yaw speaks with
Jodi Willow, Gregg Township, Union County during the annual PSATS Legislative Reception at the Commonwealth Keystone Building.

Pictured below: Senator Yaw speaks with Dave Sanko, Executive Director, PSATS & Jim Surfield, Susquehanna Township, Lycoming County during the annual PSATS Legislative Reception at the Commonwealth Keystone Building.
Senator Yaw, Dave Sanko, Jim Surfield

 Showcasing our Students

Undergraduate Research at the Capitol

On April 25, it was my pleasure to welcome students, faculty and administrators from Bucknell University and Lycoming College to the state capitol for "Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol." This day is designed to showcase outstanding and award-winning research projects by undergraduate students from across the state.

Each project displayed by the students is a careful examination of fundamental issues facing our communities. It is truly an inspiration to witness the high level of scholarship and curiosity displayed.

Courtney Hannum & Zacchary High Courtney Hannum & Zachary High , Lycoming College students present:
"Genetic Analysis of Spontaneous Repetitive Behavior"
2nd Place Winner
Krysta Corliss Krysta Corliss, Lycoming College student, presents:
"Effectiveness of Family Based Eating Disorder Treatment in a Private Practice Setting: Evidence of Full Recovery"
Jordan Berger Jordan Berger, Bucknell University student presents:
"E-Cigarette Emissions and Influences on Particle Size Distributions"
Louis Tobias Louis Tobias, Bucknell University student presents:
"Dreamers: Immigrant Youth Fighting for Opportunity"
3rd Place Winner


Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203023
362 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3023
FAX: 717-772-0575
TTY: 800-364-1581

Williamsport Office
175 Pine Street
Suite 105
Williamsport, PA 17701
FAX: 570-327-3703



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