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American Helicopter Museum a Great Place for Families

Killion Report - American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

I had the pleasure of touring the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Goshen Township. This museum is a regional treasure that attracts 25,000 visitors a year.


New Role as Chairman of Urban Affairs and Housing Committee

I am honored to have been named chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate’s Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.  Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati appointed me to this position for the new 2019-2020 legislative session.

The Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will play a key role in renewing Pennsylvania’s communities and enhancing the quality of life for our families.

During the last legislative session, the committee approved a bill that I authored to increase the availability of affordable housing.  I will again make affordable housing a priority for the General Assembly’s new legislative session that began this month.

Along with affordable housing, the committee is able to consider legislative proposals to revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, encourage job growth and residential opportunities in older communities, promote urban development and reduce blight.


Pipeline Safety Legislation to Protect Our Communities

Pipelines across Pennsylvania transport highly flammable and toxic materials under high pressure through densely populated areas. It is critical to have laws in place that ensure the safety of families living in pipeline communities.

I have partnered with Senator Andy Dinniman in introducing a comprehensive package of 12 pipeline safety bills. I am sponsoring six bills and Senator Dinniman is sponsoring six bills. Both of us are also serving as the first prime co-sponsor of each other’s bills. Our bipartisan legislative proposals are as follows:

  • Pipeline Safety and Advanced Leak Detection (Killion) – Requires Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop clear permit conditions and siting guidelines to increase the focus on pipeline safety and pipeline infrastructure siting to reduce the dangers of improper siting, improper safety management and wasted resources.
  • Pipeline Safety Inspection (Killion) – Centralizes pipeline safety inspection within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and requires PennDOT to apply to the federal government for designation as an Interstate Agent in the inspection of interstate pipelines traversing Pennsylvania.  This bill is similar to Senate Bill 604 of 2017.
  • Pipeline Impact Fee (Killion) – Establishes a pipeline impact fee calculated based on the acreage of linear feet plus right-of-way width of a pipeline using the county average land value in an affected area.  The funds would be collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and deposited into a Pipeline Impact Fund where they would be distributed to the counties and municipalities impacted.  This bill is similar to Senate Bill 605 of 2017.
  • Pipelines Located Near Schools (Dinniman) – Outlines types of information that pipeline operators must share with schools that fall within 1,000 feet of hazardous liquids and natural gas pipelines, including how to respond to a leak.  Currently, pipeline operators are not required to provide this information.  This bill was previously Senate Bill 1257 of 2018.
  • Pipeline Siting Review (Dinniman) – Requires pipeline companies to submit a detailed application to the PUC prior to construction of a new pipeline.  It also requires approval from the DEP, the local governing body of a county and the local emergency management organization coordinators in evaluating each metric, and at least two public hearings in each county where the construction would take place.  This bill was previously Senate Bill 928 of 2017.
  • Pipeline Emergency Response Fund (Dinniman) – Authorizes counties to enact an ordinance to impose a fee on all covered pipelines in the county.  If the county does not enact an ordinance, each municipality in the county is authorized to impose the fee on the pipelines in the county. The funding is distributed only to those counties or municipalities based on the total distance of pipelines in each county or municipality.  This bill was previously Senate Bill 929 of 2017.
  • Pipeline Emergency Notification (Dinniman) – Requires public utility facilities transporting natural gas or natural gas liquids to meet with the county emergency coordinator entrusted to respond in the event of natural gas release and provide vital emergency response and evacuation information. This bill was previously Senate Bill 930 of 2017.
  • Pipeline Safety Valves (Dinniman) – Calls for incorporating automatic or remote shutoff valves on pipelines that impact high consequence areas throughout Pennsylvania.  This bill was previously Senate Bill 931 of 2017.
  • Regulation of Land Agents  (Dinniman) – Holds pipeline land agents accountable by defining their role and requiring registration with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. In addition, the bill calls for allowing public access to a listing of registered agents, requiring criminal history background checks, and providing the commission with the authority to revoke or suspend them for reasons such as fraud or misrepresentation.  This bill was previously Senate Bill 835 of 2017.

Pipeline industry oversight and public safety are top concerns for local families, and I am pleased to be collaborating with Senator Dinniman on these important issues.


Assistance for Veterans

I partner with the Pennsylvania American Legion every month to assist local veterans at my Brookhaven office. A representative from this organization will be helping veterans with issues on:

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Senator Killion’s Brookhaven Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA

I encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment during these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting my office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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How I Can Help

My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.

  • Free notary service
  • Pennsylvania birth certificates
  • SEPTA Key Senior Photo IDs
  • PennDOT assistance with driver’s licenses and forms
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education
  • Assistance with preparation of Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones
  • Assistance with PA insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP
  • Fishing and hunting information
  • Pennsylvania personal income tax forms
  • Pennsylvania road maps
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups
  • Unemployment compensation issues
  • Assistance with state agency related issues

How to Contact Me

Please visit my website at www.SenatorKillion.com.

I have staffed two offices in the district to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries. Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Locations are noted below.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with an issue relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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