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.
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
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
Winter operations: https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Winter/Pages/Winter-Operations.aspx
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.
How I Can Help
My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.
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