Punishing Hate Crimes against Disabled Pennsylvanians
This week I was joined by Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and Representative Kristine Howard at The Arc of Chester County to discuss my hate crimes bill. Heinous crimes against the disabled must not be tolerated. My new legislation protects individuals who are mentally and physically disabled from hate crimes.
You can watch the entire press conference which was livestreamed to Facebook HERE.
Senate Passes Pair of Lifesaving Bills
Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed two bills I authored to help save lives in our state.
Senate Bill 115 will expand cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in our schools. The legislation will strengthen academic standards in grades nine through 12 while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum.
Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals each year, and there is a less than 10% survival rate for these cardiac arrests.
My bill will greatly expand CPR training in Pennsylvania. If it becomes law, future generations will better learn how to administer CPR while in high school. This has the potential to save many lives for years to come.
You can find more information about my CPR legislation HERE.
The Senate also passed Senate Bill 49, my legislation that will help save the lives of children trapped in hot cars.
Senate Bill 49, which is named in the memory of the 49 children who died last year from vehicular heatstroke, would extend “Good Samaritan” law protections to individuals who break a window or otherwise forcibly enter a locked vehicle to save an unattended child’s life.
This law will bring Pennsylvania in line with 20 other states that give immunity to bystanders who help children in locked vehicles.
Immediate attention can make the difference between life and death for a young child who has been left in a hot car. This legislation will go a long way in helping prevent senseless tragedies.
More information about my kids in hot cars legislation can be found HERE.
Now that both bills have passed the Pennsylvania Senate, they are able to be considered by the House of Representatives.
Last week I had the pleasure of touring Concord Elementary School within Garnet Valley School District to learn more about their special education program, STEM program and Cyber School.
Representative Steve Barrar and I welcomed the Garnet Valley High School Cheerleading team to Harrisburg to celebrate their state title in the 2018-19 PIAA State Competitive Spirit Championships.
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, April 24th
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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