Senator Pennycuick E-Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

As you’ll read below, the Governor signed my legislation to provide free credit monitoring for data breach victims. An unfortunate consequence of modern technology is the increased risk of cybercrimes. Such threats pose serious risks to citizens, including identity theft and loss of hard-earned money. Victims of data breaches must deal with immediate financial hardship or the ongoing threat of theft. They need to have services available not only to monitor their financial accounts and credit, but also to restore their peace of mind.


In this Update:

  • Senate Republicans Continue Negotiations for Pro-Growth, Responsible State Budget
  • Senate Votes to Stand with Israel
  • Measure Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims Signed into Law
  • Pennsylvania Passes Consumer Privacy Bill
  • Senate Prayer
  • National Dairy Month
  • Free Event: Scam Jam – July 11, 2024
  • Reminder: Mobile Office Hours
  • Community Fish & Game Visit
  • Jimmy Nolan’s Horse Farm Visit
  • Doc Boston Adventures
  • Community Health & Dental Care Opening 5th Location in Boyertown
  • Stay Cool & Save: PUC Shares Summer Energy Tips

Senate Republicans Continue Negotiations for Pro-Growth, Responsible State Budget

State budget negotiations are ongoing in Harrisburg, and we are encouraged by the dialogue between the Senate, House and governor. While it appears clear at this point that we will not have a full budget agreement which could be implemented by June 30, we are hopeful to reach a consensus very soon and avoid any negative impacts on the people of Pennsylvania. The Senate will return to session on Monday, July 1, at 3 p.m.

Senate Republicans continue to push for a spending plan that respects taxpayers, ensures existing resources are used wisely, and leads to economic and demographic growth in Pennsylvania. Since Gov. Josh Shapiro presented a budget plan in February that would increase overall spending by $3.2 billion, we have voiced the amount he wanted to spend is much higher than Senate Republicans believe is fiscally responsible.

Learn more about the process of enacting the 2024-25 state budget and watch the Senate in session here.

Senate Votes to Stand with Israel

The Senate approved legislation that would prohibit the PA Treasury’s Office, the State Employees’ Retirement System, the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System from boycotting or divesting from Israel. The measure also would cut off state tax dollars from going to higher education institutions that boycott or divest from Israel.

Senate Bill 1260 sends a loud message that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands with its top ally in the Middle East – Israel. On Oct. 7, 2023, more than 1,000 Israelis, mostly civilians, were murdered by Hamas terrorists. U.S. college campuses experienced volatile antisemitic protests that called for the complete destruction of Israel. Jewish students were required to shelter in place in their dorm rooms out of fear for their lives. Protesters were successful in getting some colleges to consider divesting from Israel, as well as companies that do business with the Israeli government.

In the wake of the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks, Pennsylvania’s Treasurer Stacy Garrity, who supports the legislation, invested an additional $20 million in Israel bonds, bringing the Treasury’s total investment in Israel to more than $56 million.

Measure Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims Signed into Law

I’m pleased to report that my legislation to strengthen notification requirements for data breaches and provide affected citizens with free credit monitoring and a credit report was signed into law.

Senate Bill 824, will provide citizens affected by a data breach a free credit report and a year of credit monitoring while they recover. The bill also strengthens state notification requirements and mandates Attorney General notification if a data breach occurs in the commonwealth.

Full release here.

Pennsylvania Passes Consumer Privacy Bill

As Chair of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, I’m proud to announce a significant step forward for Pennsylvania consumer protection. We recently passed critical legislation that empowers you to control your personal data.

This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ed Neilson, directly addresses the growing concern of how our online interactions generate data that’s often used or shared without our full knowledge. We believe Pennsylvanians deserve transparency and control over their personal information.

Senate Prayer

I had the privilege of carrying on a long-standing tradition in the Senate by leading the chamber in prayer this week. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve.

National Dairy Month

It’s National Dairy Month, and I’m celebrating with a delicious milkshake made with delicious PA dairy! Pennsylvania’s dairy industry goes beyond tasty treats – it’s a major economic driver, a source of essential nutrients, and a cornerstone of our rural communities.

Free Event: Scam Jam – July 11, 2024

Learn to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft by joining me and the Lower Salford Township Police Department, PA Banking and Securities, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and AARP’s Pennsylvania Office for our Scam Jam event on July 11 at 9:30 AM.

Hear from experts on how to protect your finances and personal information. Plus, there will be games, prizes, and refreshments!

This is a free event, but space is limited, so register now!

Reminder: Mobile Office Hours

Need any state related assistance? Our mobile office hours can help! Join us at one of our 7 mobile office locations throughout the 24th District. Please give my office a call at 215-541-2388 to schedule a convenient time and location for you.

Mobile Office Hours – Senator Pennycuick

Community Fish & Game Visit

Recently I visited Community Fish & Game, a cooperative nursery program in Hereford Township, which supports Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in raising fish. PA Fish and Boat raises 3.2 million fish on their own, and cooperatives throughout the state contribute an additional 1 million fish. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about their important work!

Jimmy Nolan’s Horse Farm Visit

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Jimmy Nolan’s horse farm in Perkiomenville, PA. Pennsylvania ranks as the 8th largest state of horse farms in the nation. My visit provided me with valuable insights into Mr. Nolan’s approach to horse care and breeding. Thank you, Mr. Nolan, for welcoming me to your beautiful farm!

Doc Boston Adventures

This week, I got a special visit from George Whitehair, the Executive Director of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Legacy Foundation. With him was 9-year-old Michaela “Mikey” Houser who helped George in illustrating a new comic book titled “Doc Boston Adventures”. This story tells the story of a real African American hero leading a diverse team that saved lives. “Doc Boston Adventures” celebrates teamwork, problem-solving, and STEM skills, proving that everyday heroes can come from anywhere! Thank you to all the students who dropped by my office. It was a pleasure having you here!

Community Health & Dental Care Opening 5th Location in Boyertown

Exciting news! Community Health & Dental Care is opening its 5th location in Boyertown, offering Pediatrics and Women’s Health services. The new location is at 6 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown.

More information here.

Stay Cool & Save: PUC Shares Summer Energy Tips


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