Senator Tom Killion E-Newsletter

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Senior Expo on October 4th

Representative Chris Quinn and I will be hosting an expo for older adults in the area.

Our senior expo will take place this Thursday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Penn State University’s Brandywine Campus, located at 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media.  The event is free and open to the public.

This year, a record 70 exhibitors will be at the expo offering assistance and valuable information to seniors.  The exhibitors will include state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and companies. 

Attendees will be provided a light lunch, and entertainment and recreational activities will be available at the event.  A Rover shuttlebus will be on site to transport attendees from the parking lot to the expo building if necessary.

Our senior expo has become a tremendously popular annual event.  It is a great way to connect older adults to organizations that provide critical services. 

We once again hope to see hundreds of residents at this year’s expo.  Please join us!

I spoke last week at a Capitol rally for a law to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.  I authored Senate Bill 501, which requires abusers to turn over their guns within 24 hours of having a Protection From Abuse order filed against them.  It passed the Senate unanimously in March.  The PA House last week passed House Bill 2060, which is similar to my legislation.  These bills will save lives.

Life-Saving CPR Bill Passes Senate 

Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals each year.  Sadly, there is a less than ten percent survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest.

Last week, the Senate unanimously passed legislation I authored on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Senate Bill 521 will strengthen academic standards in schools for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum.  If enacted, this instructional enhancement in high schools will substantially expand CPR training in the state.

The goal of the legislation is to prepare students with fundamental life skills.  Future generations will better learn how to administer CPR while attending high school, helping save lives.

Throughout the current legislative session, I have heard from over 40 constituents and advocates supporting this legislation, many of whom shared stories about cardiac arrest experiences and the importance of CPR training.

This legislation is a top priority for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.  It is also supported by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society and Independence Blue Cross.

If this bill becomes law, Pennsylvania would become the 39th state to enact similar CPR legislation.

Knowing how to properly administer CPR can make the difference between life and death.  I am hopeful the state House will join the Senate in passing this bill. 


It was great to welcome students from Unionville High School to the Capitol last week.

Children from the Chesterbook Academy were able to visit the Senate chamber last week while touring the Capitol.



Assistance for Veterans Available


My partnership with the Pennsylvania American Legion to assist veterans at my Brookhaven office, located at 4110 Edgmont Avenue is continuing this month.  A representative from this organization will be at my office on Wednesday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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


Always Here to Help

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

  • Unemployment compensation issues
  • SEPTA Key Senior Photo IDs
  • Free notary service
  • Pennsylvania birth certificates
  • PennDOT assistance with drivers licensing questions
  • 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 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
  • Assistance with state agency issues

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