Telephone Town Hall Draws 2,600 Participants
More than 2,600 constituents from the 46th Senate District participated during my hour-long Telephone Town Hall this week.
Telephone technology allows people to participate in the traditional town hall question-and-answer format from the comfort of their own homes.
Unfortunately, the time constraint made it impossible to get to all of the participants who wanted to ask questions, so I hope to do another session after the state budget passes and we know what’s in it. I encourage those who were not able to have their question addressed by me this time around to call in next time or to contact one of my offices.
Combined with the hundreds of people I meet face to face each week, the Telephone Town Hall is a great way to keep up on the latest issues and concerns, some of which are well-known and long-lasting problems and some of which I was hearing for the first time. I want to thank all of those who took the time to participate.
To listen to a recording of the Telephone Town Hall, click here.
Keystone Boys State Visits the Capitol
I had the opportunity this week to spend some time with motivated young men from my district who visited the state Capitol as part of the week-long Keystone Boys State Program, sponsored by the American Legion.
The American Legion’s Boys State program is one of the longest-running and most respected civic education programs for high school students in the country. Each state runs its own program. Pennsylvania’s Keystone Boys State welcomes over 200 participants each year for its program at Shippensburg University, free of cost. Activities include government elections, legislative sessions, court proceedings, and law enforcement presentations.
Visiting my office were Kyle Kozlowski of Washington, David North of Claysville, Mark Ray of Frederick, Md., Dominick Sarra of Waynesburg, Matthew Hoge of West Alexander, Stephen Aber of Washington and Brady Mason of Greensburg.
For more information on the program, click here.
Two Bills Get Long-Awaited Action
The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee this week approved two of my bills -- one dealing with death benefits for law enforcement officers and the other dealing with firefighter safety. Both are derived from my experiences as a firefighter and an elected official.
I believe the bills represent practical solutions to problems that have I have faced both in the community and in the legislature.
Senate Bill 1274 deals with the emergence in popularity of light-frame truss construction as a low-cost alternative to traditional wood construction in commercial and large residential buildings. The bill requires buildings which use the light-weight alternative construction to be conspicuously marked as such. Because these materials burn more quickly than natural wood, firefighters need to be aware of their use.
Senate Bill 1266 amends the Emergency and Law Enforcement Death Benefits Act to extend the allotted amount of time for claiming death benefits for emergency and law enforcement members killed the line of duty from 90 days to three years.
The bill was prompted by the death of a local police officer whose family struggled to meet the 90-day deadline. The bill mimics federal law on the issue of death benefits.
For more information on the two bills, click here.