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Sen. Yaw to Appear on PCN Program Monday, October 23
I will appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s “PCN Call-In” Program Monday, October 23, to discuss opioid abuse and misuse in Pennsylvania and other important state-related topics.
Beginning at 7PM, I will join Deb Beck, President, Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania (DASPOP) on the program. Viewers can participate in the LIVE Call-In Program by calling 1-877-726-5001 with their comments or questions or by contacting ‘PCNTV’ on Facebook and Twitter. Check local listings for the PCN channel in your area, or PCN’s website http://pcntv.com.
PCN's Call-In program airs Monday through Wednesday evenings from 7 PM to 8 PM.
The hour-long interactive show allows PCN viewers to speak directly with government officials, newsmakers and other knowledgeable parties on current Commonwealth issues.
Committee Hearing on Lyme Disease Task Force Report
On Tuesday, October 24th, beginning at 9:30AM, the Senate Aging and Youth Committee & Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss the most recent report issued by the “Lyme Disease Task Force.” To watch the hearing LIVE, click here
Act 83 of 2014 established a “Task Force on Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases”. The individuals appointed to the task force culminated their year-long effort with the delivery of the Task Force Report to the Secretary of Health. Individuals from multiple walks of life, effectively came together to compile this comprehensive set of 16 recommendations covering prevention, Education & Awareness, and Surveillance which are critical to beginning the process of slowing, then reducing, the growing incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne Diseases.
Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Drug Pricing Public Hearing
On Tuesday, October 24th, beginning at 9:30AM, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss Senate Bill 637, legislation which requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose certain aspects of their drug pricing. To watch the hearing LIVE, click here.
Covered Device Recycling Act Public Hearing
The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which I chair, will discuss legislation, sponsored by Senator Richard Alloway (R-33), which seeks to update Act 108 of 2010, known as the Covered Device Recycling Act, according to Committee Chairman Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).
The hearing will be held Tuesday, October 24th beginning at 10AM in Room 8-EA, East Wing of the State Capitol Complex. To watch the hearing LIVE, click here.
Act 108 establishes a recycling program for certain covered devices, which are defined as a covered computer device and covered television device marketed and intended for use by a consumer.
Sen. Yaw’s Television Program:
Visiting NTSWA | Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority
This month, “A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw (R-23)” showcases the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA), a rural, three county, integrated solid waste authority located in North Central Pennsylvania.
The NTSWA was created in 1973 as a municipal authority under the laws of the Commonwealth by the counties of Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan to handle their waste management needs. This was the first three-county solid waste authority ever established in Pennsylvania and still remains the only one today.
The services that NTSWA provides to the community include: Waste Disposal; Recycling Collection/Processing; Tire Shredding; Wood Grinding; Septage Receiving; Street Sweeping; Waste Transportation; Electric Generation; Spring and Fall Cleanups for Participating Municipalities; Educational Services and Programs and Hydroponically Grown Greens.
My television report will air on: Blue Ridge Communications/Mansfield - Channel 13; Service Electric Cablevision - SECV Productions - Channel 8; Time Warner, Sayre; Adams Cable Service, Channel 7; Comcast/Williamsport - Click On Demand/Get Local/Local Government/State Senate/A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw. Please check local listings for air times.
Department of Homeland Security Grants Pennsylvania REAL ID Enforcement Extension
Applies to Residents' Access to Federal Facilities through October 10, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted Pennsylvania a REAL ID enforcement extension through October 10, 2018. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through that date.
PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses will be available at the customer's option in March 2019. Customers are encouraged to begin gathering the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website.
Canton Student Serves as Guest Page
On Monday, October 16th, I welcomed Will Gowin of Canton Township in Bradford County who served as a guest Page on the Senate Floor for the day. I met Will this summer when he and his mother Shelly Gowin, as well as Shelly’s parents Jerry and Elsie Ross, visited the State Capitol.
Will is very interested in government and politics, which is what prompted their visit, so I invited Will back to the State Capitol to really see government in action. Will is currently in the 8th grade at Canton Junior Senior High School and is active in track and cross country. While his future plans have yet to be decided, he is considering many options, including one day working in state government.
It was great having Will visit for the day!
Voters Will Decide on Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Expand Homestead Exclusion
On November 7, 2017, Pennsylvania voters will be asked to consider a proposed constitutional amendment to enact legislation to expand the current homestead exclusion. The existing homestead provision was approved by the electorate on November 4, 1997 by a vote of 1,240,406 to 778,104.
In order for the Pennsylvania constitution to be amended outside of a constitutional convention, the General Assembly must pass identical legislation containing the proposed amendment in two consecutive legislative sessions. The proposal must then be approved by the voters. In the 2015-2016 legislative session, the proposed language was contained in House Bill 147, which passed the House 200-0 and the Senate 45-2. During the current session, House Bill 1285, containing the proposed change, passed the House 190-0 and the Senate 46-2.
Under Section 1, Article XI of the Pennsylvania Constitution, after passage by the General Assembly, the proposed amendment must be published in at least two newspapers in every county in which such newspapers are published. The Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for ensuring the proper publication of the amendment. Pursuant to law, the Secretary of the Commonwealth will submit the proposed amendment to the electors of Pennsylvania in the form of a ballot question at the Municipal Election to be held on November 7, 2017. If a ballot question is approved by a majority of electors voting on it, the corresponding amendment becomes part of the Constitution.
The question which will appear on the ballot states:
10-17-2017 Sen. Yaw questions Lieutenant Colonel Stephen A. Bucar, Deputy Commissioner of Staff, Pennsylvania State Police, during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment & Government Operation Hearing on Municipal Coverage by State Police in Pennsylvania.
10-17-2017 Senator Yaw offers remarks during the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) reception in Harrisburg.
10-18-2017 Senator Yaw provides a legislative update to the PA Association of County Drug & Alcohol Administrators during their fall meeting in Hershey.
October Satellite Hours and Locations
As a means to better serve area residents through increased outreach efforts, the below hours and locations have been added to provide better opportunities for area residents to meet directly with a member of my staff.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Satellite Office hours provide area residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the senator’s staff to address state-related problems they may be encountering. A staff member will be able to offer assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs.
Constituent services are always available at Senator Yaw’s Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9AM-5PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772.