Moving PA to 100% Renewable Energy
On Wednesday, I spoke with hundreds of supporters at the Capitol about my legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy. This rally was organized by PennEnvironment, one of the state’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.
I am the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 630, which provides for Pennsylvania’s transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The intent of this legislation is to decrease greenhouse gases, which in turn would reduce the levels of air, water and land pollution in our state.
My 100% renewable energy legislation would also foster Pennsylvania’s energy independence and security while simultaneously providing for private and public investment in clean energy and energy-efficient projects using solar, wind and other sources.
The transition to 100% clean, renewable energy would further provide for the creation of future jobs by harnessing a newly skilled workforce, giving academic institutions the opportunity to advance new fields of technology as they educate a new generation of Pennsylvania’s technology-based workforce.
Under this legislative proposal, a Clean Energy Transition Task Force, a Clean Energy Center of Excellence and a Council for Clean Energy Workforce Development would be established and tasked with evaluating current pollution-related issues affecting Pennsylvania and its residents.
By embracing the clean energy revolution unfolding around the country, Pennsylvania would join the growing list of states that are taking bold steps to protect the environment while creating thousands of well-paying energy jobs.
More information about Senate Bill 630 can be found HERE. Below is a video of Wednesday’s rally for 100% renewable energy.
Pipeline Safety Legislation Moves in Senate
This week, the Senate’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved two important pipeline safety bills.
The first piece of legislation, Senate Bill 284, which I authored, requires pipeline operators to provide current Emergency Response Plans to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) which could then be responsibly and confidentially shared with county emergency services for the purpose of coordinating a response to a pipeline incident.
The second piece of legislation to pass in this committee, Senate Bill 258, which I proposed jointly with Senator Andy Dinniman, provides for new communication and coordination requirements between emergency management agencies and pipeline companies to enhance public safety in the event of a catastrophic release of natural gas or natural gas liquids in highly populated communities.
As Vice Chair of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, I was pleased to be able to vote in favor of these bills.
More information about Senate Bill 284 can be found HERE.
Information about Senate Bill 258 can be found HERE.
Combating PA’s Opioid and Heroin Addiction Crisis
Opioid and heroin addiction have devastated far too many families.
This week, the Senate approved a package of bills to combat the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic by improving prescription drug monitoring, limiting opioid prescriptions, targeting drug dealers and taking other steps to limit the damage inflicted by the addiction crisis in Pennsylvania’s communities.
The bills approved by the Senate include:
This package of bills is a continuation of bipartisan efforts in Harrisburg over the past six years to combat the opioid epidemic.
Beginning in 2014, state lawmakers joined the Center for Rural Pennsylvania for a series of hearings to study the problem and identify solutions. As a result of these hearings, new laws were created to limit prescriptions, improve and expand addiction treatment and improve public education about the dangers of drug abuse.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, opioid drug deaths statewide rose steadily in the early part of the decade before peaking at 5,559 in 2017. The number of opioid drug deaths finally declined in 2018 to 4,267. At the same time, opioid prescriptions in Pennsylvania declined by 14 percent between 2016 and 2017.
I had the honor of presenting 9-year-old Cayla Davis with a Heroic Senate Citation. She climbed into her grandmother’s house in Chester City when she didn’t answer the door. Inside, Cayla found her grandmother, Joyce Ann Davis suffering from an aneurysm. Cayla’s heroism saved her grandmothers’ life. Pictured with me are Joyce, Donna and Cayla Davis.
I was joined by Representative Chris Quinn in welcoming a group of constituents to the Capitol who came to show their support for my 100% Renewable Energy legislation. Citizen advocates like these are so important to moving the conversation in Harrisburg towards change. I would like to thank them for their support.
As part of the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s (PSEA) Lobby day, I spent some time with teachers Theresa McHugh and Tricia O’Loughlin. PSEA has been an important partner for me this session on my bill allowing high schools to develop a curriculum that teaches students lifesaving hands–only CPR, which was signed into law as Act 7 of 2019.
Help PA Tackle the Newest Tick in Town
Worldwide there are more than 500 species of ticks, 25 of which inhabit Pennsylvania. Of this number, four species have contributed to nearly 90 percent of those submitted for identification, according to the Penn State Extension.
The Asian Longhorned Tick now joins the American dog tick, the blacklegged (deer) tick, the lone star tick, and the ground hog tick seeking warm-blooded mammals, including wildlife and livestock, to feed upon in Pennsylvania. Wear light-colored clothing and review precautions to avoid exposure.
Diseases carried by the Longhorned tick in its native range of East and Central Asia include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, theleriosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan encephalitis in animals and humans. The Longhorned tick is being studied to determine if it will carry pathogens and cause infections outside its native range. Send specimens to Penn State University, Insect Identification Laboratory, 501 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, University, PA 16802.
Bicycle PA – Thousands of Miles and Smiles Await
Whether you are returning to bicycling from childhood or engaging your children in the thrills behind two wheels gliding through nature, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation touts thousands of miles of safe, accessible bicycle routes.
PennDOT’s Bike Route Map opens up thousands of miles of bicycling routes, including traffic volumes and speed limits. Be sure to use the Layers Icon to access the map’s data.
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, June 26th
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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