In this Update:
Wolf Administration Declines Request to Discuss Election Reform
The Senate State Government Committee held a public hearing about election reform and integrity. Unfortunately, for the second time in two weeks, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid and other officials from the governor’s Department of State failed to attend.
Department of State officials previously committed to attend the hearing and discuss Senate Bill 878, a bipartisan bill that would implement recommendations of the Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform. They later declined to testify.
Some of the recommendations incorporated in the bill include tracking and transparent counting of mail-in ballots, real-time reporting of deceased voters, elimination of a permanent mail-in ballot list and more.
Sign Up for Election Investigation Updates Direct to Your Email
With many constituents requesting more information about the Election Investigation, I am pleased to announce a new resource available from the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. In an effort to be transparent, the Committee will send regular email updates directly to you so you can stay up to date with every step of the investigation.
If you are interested in having exclusive content, timely news, and relevant updates on the status of the investigation delivered directly to your inbox, please sign up for “Inside the Election Investigation” email updates here.
Consumer and Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure
The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the Environmental Resources & Energy Committee held a joint hearing to examine the consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in the state’s natural gas infrastructure.
The committees brought together industry experts and others to provide feedback on labor, economic development and consumer protection.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to learn about breast cancer risk and how to lower it.
In an effort to highlight this deadly disease and the steps that can be taken to be proactive against it, the Capitol fountain was again turned pink for the month of October. Women who have lost income or health insurance because of COVID-19 may qualify for free breast screening and diagnostic services. Learn more here.
To help combat this deadly disease, the legislature passed a new law to give Pennsylvania residents renewing their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Celebrating Farmers on Oct. 12
Tuesday, Oct. 12, is National Farmers Day, recognizing the heritage and indispensable work of the men and women behind Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.
Around the 34th District
NuVisions has been helping disabled community residents earn a greater sense of self-sufficiency for more than 75 years. I was pleased to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility in Lewistown, which will help even more local individuals with health challenges.
More details about the grant and the new facility are available here.
Our farmers keep our country running. Last week, I was proud to join House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau at Wasson Farm Market in State College to celebrate passage of a law that opens up new economic opportunities in agriculture.
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