Senator Tom Killion E-Newsletter

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Victoria’s Law Will Protect Our Pets

Senator Andy Dinniman and I have reintroduced legislation that will substantially enhance the humane treatment of animals in Pennsylvania.  Called Victoria’s Law, our bill will help shut down the puppy mill pipeline in our state.

Victoria is a German Shepherd who had a undiagnosed genetic neurological disorder called Degenerative Myelopathy, which eventually left her paralyzed.  She was forced to produce between 150 and 200 puppies at a puppy mill.  Those puppies all carry that genetic mutation.

Victoria’s Law will prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless they are sourced from animal shelters and rescues.  Licensing information related to breeders and kennels will also be required for advertising purposes under the legislation.

The goal of this legislation is to shift Pennsylvania’s pet market toward humane sourcing and away from inhumane breeding facilities.  Responsible breeders will not be impacted by this law.

Requiring animals sold in pets stores to be sourced from shelters and rescues will help end the tragic legacy of puppy mills in our state.  I am hopeful this common sense legislation will become law.

Below are photos from a January 16th Victoria’s Law event in Harrisburg.  More information about the legislation can be found HERE


1/16/19 – Catholic Schools Week
My resolution designating January 27th through February 2nd as Catholic Schools Week in Pennsylvania unanimously passed in the Senate.  More than 2 million students in the United States are enrolled in Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary levels, including over 147,000 in Pennsylvania.  Catholic schools play an incredibly important role in communities throughout our state.


I joined Chairman of the Delaware County Council John McBlain, Councilman Michael Culp, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, and Eagles hall-of-fame running back Brian Westbrook to launch sports betting at Harrah’s in Chester City.


Computer Science Funding for Local Schools

New computer science grants were announced this month for several local schools.  The grants are part of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to increase the availability of computer science classes for students and training for teachers.

The Chester Upland Charter School, Chester Upland School District, Chichester School District, Garnet Valley School District, Ridley School District, Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and Delaware County Technical High School will all benefit from this educational investment.

The computer science grants totaled over $8.7 million statewide.  Each school will receive $35,000 through this grant.  With this funding, Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation for investments made in K-12 STEM and computer science.

Studies have shown that within the next few years, over 70% of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use a computer.  This grant funding will give our educators the necessary tools to prepare our students to enter the workforce with confidence.


It was a pleasure to present a Senate citation to Saints Peter and Paul School in East Goshen Township for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.


Where’s My Plow

When you are watching the snow fall and wondering “Where’s My Plow,” the answer is a click away at 511PA.com.

The Automated Vehicle Location equipment reveals the plow’s location and whether or how much product is being spread.  Brine, salt, and anti-skid are used singly or in some combination depending on the temperature, precipitation type, and traffic volume.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation winter operations use more than 2,248 trucks, plows, and salt spreaders across nearly 95,000 snow-lane miles.  Another 380 trucks are added to the crews as necessary to assist PennDOT in executing winter storm tactics.  The Winter Services Guide offers specifics on your county’s snow removal operations.

Where’s My Plow:  https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Winter/Pages/Plow-Tracking.aspx

511PA.com:  https://www.511pa.com/PlowTrucks.aspx

Brine, salt, and anti-skid:  https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Documents/Winter_Long_Form_Infographic_science%20of%20winter%20road%20treatment.pdf

Winter operations:  https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Winter/Pages/Winter-Operations.aspx

Winter storm tactics:  https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Winter/Documents/FINAL%20Storm%20Tactic%20Fact%20Sheet_2016.pdf

Winter Services Guide:  http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/PubsForms/Publications/PUB%20628.pdf


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, February 27th

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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