In this Update:
Pennycuick Bill Providing Police and Firefighter Pension COLAs Receives Key Committee Approval
The Senate Law and Justice Committee approved my bill, Senate Bill 854, that will provide a much-needed cost of living adjustment (COLA) for retired municipal police officers and firefighters. These brave men and women have spent their careers putting their lives on the line to keep our communities and neighborhoods safe. The last time they received a COLA was more than two decades ago. Every year since, inflation and rising costs have diminished the benefits they earned.
March For Life Rally
Pennsylvania took a stand for LIFE this week with thousands gathering at the PA State Capitol. Together we advocated against the practice and legality of abortion to ensure the respect and human dignity of every person born and unborn. It is incredible to see so many who are willing to fight for those who do not have a voice, I am proud to be one of them.
Camo in the Capitol
Every year, Camo at the Capitol cultivates a strong conservation voice for hunters and anglers with a goal to assure state laws and policies benefit wildlife and the sporting heritage. At these events, you can hear about our state’s conservation organizations and get up to speed on current legislation and how it impacts sportsmen and women. I am a proud to stand here in support!
Coffee with a Cop
In between a busy session day, I was able to have “Coffee with a Cop” with Capitol Police Officer, Matt Curci. Officer Curci as well as all Pennsylvania Capitol Police provide a safe environment for employees and the visiting public. They strive to operate in a caring and efficient manner always vigilant to the security and protection of persons and our Commonwealths property. We thank them for all that they do!
Teletown Hall Meeting
Please join me for my upcoming Tele-Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm. This is a great opportunity to discuss state-related issues and voice your opinions on public issues right from the comfort of your own home. I look forward to connecting with you! Register NOW!
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
I am excited to announce that I will be hosting my 1st Veteran’s Appreciation Breakfast as Senator, on Saturday November 4! Our commonwealth is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the nation, and because of this, we have an obligation to honor their service and contributions. So let us serve you. Veterans are invited to enjoy a morning of fellowship, appreciation, and information gathering from community resources. Interested in attending? RSVP here.
How to Prepare for the Nov. 7 Election
Election Day on Nov. 7 is approaching. You’re able to participate as long as you’re registered to vote by Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, this is also a great time to double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.
Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You must be a registered voter to submit an application, which can be done here.
If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are needed to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.
PennDOT Survey Open Until Oct. 20
What do you think of PennDOT’s construction and maintenance services? Motorists have until Friday, Oct. 20, to provide feedback via an online survey.
The 24-question survey asks respondents how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations regarding construction and maintenance services. Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to their department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services.
Enjoy PA’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage
Some of the world’s most beautiful fall colors are in Pennsylvania. Our state also has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.
Find prime locations for viewing fall foliage in the commonwealth, as well as information about scenic driving tours, here.
Of course, there are all sorts of fun things to do in Pennsylvania this fall beyond leaf peeping. Read about autumn tourism activities – including partaking in festivals, enjoying seasonal foods and exploring architectural marvels – here.
Brush Up on School Bus Safety
School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 16-20, is the perfect time for students, parents and drivers to brush up on traffic safety rules.
For students, this means knowing how to safely board, ride and exit the school bus. For parents and all drivers, this means knowing what to do on the road when a school bus is in the area and being aware of the penalties associated with breaking Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law.
Detailed school bus safety information is available online.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown: What to do When Roads Flood
Flooding is more common during hurricane season. Please listen for flood warnings, and don’t drive through flooded roads. After all, it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car.
Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.
Learn more about flooding and how to prepare for it here.
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