Senator Jake Corman E-Newsletter

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In This Update:

  • Vaccine Options in the 34th
  • Senators Continue to Highlight What a YES Vote Means on May 18
  • Senators Call on Governor to Halt Unilateral Action on Carbon Tax
  • Hearings Examining Governor’s Budget Proposal Conclude
  • Senate Votes to Extend Program Helping Schools Find Substitute Teachers
  • Protecting the First Amendment Rights of Teachers
  • Comments on 2020 General Election Due by Friday, April 30

Vaccine Options in the 34th

There are vaccine options available in the 34th District. They include:

  • Bryce Jordan Center – Eligible residents can schedule an appointment at pema.trackmyvaccine.com. Because the clinic was using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, it was temporarily suspended. The clinic has reopened and is offering the Moderna vaccine.
  • Mt. Nittany Hospital – Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine waitlist here. If you cannot sign up for the COVID Vaccine Waitlist online, eligible community members can call the hospital’s COVID vaccine phone line at 814.234.7606, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and someone will help add residents to the waitlist.
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine – Upcoming clinics are scheduled for the Bryce Jordan Center and Penns Valley High School. To be considered for an appointment at a vaccination clinic, you must add your name to their waiting list.  This can be done by filling out the on-line waiting list form. https://cvim.net/
  • Geisinger Health Systems – Located in Lewistown and Jersey Shore. You can sign up by calling 570.284.3657 or visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-vaccine-faqs to sign up for the waiting list.
  • Central PA Clinic – Located in Belleville. Visit http://centralpennsylvaniaclinic.org/ or call 717.935.2065.
  • Primary Health Network – Located in Yeagertown. Visit https://primary-health.net/   or call 724.699.9211.
  • Mifflintown Family Health Practice – Located in Mifflintown. Visit https://www.fpcdoctors.com/mifflintown/ or call 717.436.8283.

Senators Continue to Highlight What a YES Vote Means on May 18

A group of senators held a news conference at the Capitol this week to highlight what a YES vote means when voters go to the polls to decide proposed Constitutional amendments on May 18.

Lawmakers approved three potential amendments to the Constitution that will appear on the ballot for voters in the May 18 election, including one question to prohibit discrimination based on race or ethnicity and two questions designed to improve the way the state responds to future emergencies.

The Wolf Administration has been widely criticized for wording the emergency response questions in a way that is deeply confusing and prejudicial.

A YES at the ballot box means voters favor: 

  • Protecting the education of our children; 
  • Supporting small employers in our local communities; 
  • Prohibiting discrimination; and
  • Providing funding for fire companies.

A new webpage offers a detailed explanation of what the proposed amendments would accomplish.

My remarks during the press conference are available in the video below.

4/20/21 – Constitutional Amendment Ballot Questions

Senators Call on Governor to Halt Unilateral Action on Carbon Tax

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans sent Governor Tom Wolf a letter Wednesday informing him that none of his nominations to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) will be considered by the Senate if he continues to pursue a unilateral carbon tax on Pennsylvania employers and customers.

The letter notes that the governor’s effort to force Pennsylvania to join the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without the input of the legislature is a clear violation of the checks and balances provided by the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Hearings Examining Governor’s Budget Proposal Conclude

The Senate Appropriations Committee completed a series of 21 public hearings that closely examined the details of Governor Wolf’s state budget proposal.

The comprehensive review of the proposed $40.2 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22 included discussion of Governor Wolf’s massive increase in state spending, substantial personal income tax rate hike, imposition of Marcellus Shale extraction tax, and elimination of funding for broadband expansion and vital agricultural and health programs.

The complete coverage of the hearings can be found here.

Senate Votes to Extend Program Helping Schools Find Substitute Teachers

Pennsylvania schools could have additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers under a bill approved by the Senate this week.

Lawmakers created a program in 2016 that allowed individuals training to be teachers to serve as a substitute teacher, provided the individual has valid clearances and at least 60 credit hours. However, the program is set to expire on June 30.

The legislation approved this week would make this temporary program permanent. As a result, schools, intermediate units and career and technical schools can ensure qualified substitutes are available to meet the needs of students.

Protecting the First Amendment Rights of Teachers

The Senate approved a critical bill this week to ensure the First Amendment rights of teachers are better protected. The legislation would repeal a provision of the School Code which prohibits teachers from wearing any garb, mark, emblem or insignia that would indicate they are a member of or adherent to any religious order or sect while in the performance of their duties as a teacher.

Although federal courts have held that the school’s religious affiliations policy violates the free exercise of religion and free speech clauses of the Constitution, these provisions are still in place and public school directors can be held criminally liable for failing to enforce this prohibition. Pennsylvania is the last state in the United States with this provision still in place.

Comments on 2020 General Election Due by Friday, April 30

This is the final week for Pennsylvanians to share their experience from last year’s election with the Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform. Election surveys for Pennsylvanians who voted by mail or in person will be accepted through Friday, April 30.

The committee is expected to use the survey responses and testimony gathered during its series of public hearings to produce a report with recommendations that will be presented to the General Assembly.

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