In this email update:
Improving school safety
Over the next two weeks, I will chair several additional meetings of the Senate Majority Policy Committee to improve school safety. As in our previous discussions, we will review both state and local precautions to ensure a safe learning environment for our children.
Nothing is more important!
Our upcoming meetings will include:
As with all the committee hearings I chair with the Senate Majority Policy Committee, you can watch the roundtable discussions on my website here.
Property tax supporters and opponents debate in Wilkes Barre
A recent House Democratic Policy Committee discussion on “tax fairness” quickly turned into a spirited debate about the elimination of the property tax.
You can read more about the discussion that took place here.
In addition, WILK covered this critical issue with Ron Boltz of the Pennsylvania Liberty Alliance, one of the key grassroots groups dedicated to the elimination of school property taxes.
St. Luke’s Miners Rural Residency Program, a first of its kind in PA
The St. Luke University Health network recently launched its new Family Medicine Residency Program at the St. Luke’s Miners Campus. This program will provide post-graduate training for physicians wanting to practice family care in a rural setting.
There is a nationwide shortage of physicians in rural areas and it is important that we have all the tools necessary to ensure quality care to our area’s residents. More information on the program can be found at the link provided here.
PCN provides free civics materials for students
With students back in the classrooms, the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will offer Civics 101, a free educational resource geared towards fourth-grade students. The tools and videos included in Civics 101 were organized for the 2018-19 school year.
Civics 101 features interviews with former Governors, a roundtable of Capitol reporters explaining the importance of the media, a tour of the Governor’s residence and the State Capitol and an explanation of the lawmaking process.
Through the link provided here, you can download a variety of sources including posters, a teacher’s guide, and PA Governors baseball cards.
Baseball cards portraying Pennsylvania Governors are available on PCN’s website
Local residents compete in the 2018 Transplant Games of America
The Donate Life Transplant Games is a multi-sport festival event sponsored by the Transplant Life Foundation for those who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. These games highlight the critical importance of organ, eye and tissue donation while also celebrating the lives of those organ donors and recipients.
I am proud to say that some of my constituents were among the 200+ attendees from our region to compete in the games held in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 2nd to the 7th. Those players include:
Robert Boris of Auburn – won gold in badminton doubles, gold in darts and silver in badminton singles. Joined by his wife Danielle, Ron received a heart transplant in 2009.
Robert Brutts of Pottsville competed in bowling, darts and table tennis. Joined by his wife Holly and daughter Noelle, Robert lost his son Nicholas to a driver under the influence in 2014. Nicholas left a courageous life where he donated one of his own kidneys to his father.
Jeffrey Marsh of Hamburg competed in badminton, bowling, darts, table tennis and volleyball. Joined by his wife Theresa, Jeffrey received a heart transplant last year.
Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list and 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time. If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, you can sign up at the link for Donate Life provided here.
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