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“Stop The Bleed” Event Highlights Blood Loss Awareness Efforts
This week I joined several of my colleagues in the General Assembly and health care experts from across the state to raise awareness of a new initiative to prevent death from uncontrolled blood loss. The “Stop The Bleed” campaign helps to educate the general public about ways to stop serious bleeding after an injury occurs. The initiative also helps law enforcement and emergency responders learn more about how to teach these techniques to others.
My remarks at the event are available here. I also introduced a Senate Resolution to draw greater attention to the “Stop The Bleed” campaign this week.
The Department of Homeland Security offers helpful tips on how to stop uncontrolled bleeding on its website at https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed. I encourage everyone to learn more about ways they can help save a life in case of a serious and unexpected injury.
My thanks goes out to all of my colleagues and health care advocates who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in an event in support of the “Stop The Bleed” initiative.
Senate Advances Proposal to Fix Casino Local Share Issue
When lawmakers first authorized slot machine gaming in Pennsylvania, the gaming law ensured counties and municipalities that host casinos would get a share of the revenue to account for increased demands on infrastructure, policing and other pressing community priorities. However, a state Supreme Court ruling last year jeopardized that section of the law.
Without action to reinstate the local share, host municipalities and counties could stand to lose $140 million or more in annual revenue – most of which could be passed on to local taxpayers in the form of higher taxes. The court set a deadline for lawmakers to fix the problem, and that deadline is rapidly approaching.
The Senate advanced a measure this week that would reinstate the local share in a way that meets the guidelines set by the court’s ruling. Although some work remains in order to finalize the plan, I am hopeful that we can continue to refine some of these details relating to gaming reform as the bill continues to move through the legislative process.
My comments on the bill are available here.
New “Focus on the 46th” Highlights Nurse Practitioners Bill
The most recent edition of my “Focus on the 46th” TV program focused on legislation I introduced to give nurse practitioners full practice authority in Pennsylvania. The legislation offers the potential to improve access to care without compromising patient outcomes by allowing qualified, experienced nurse practitioners to practice in their area of specialty independent of a physician.
The TV program includes a conversation with Lorraine Bock, President of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and Lieutenant Commander Dennis MacDougall, a retired veteran of the United States Navy and nurse practitioner. You can view the entire TV show here.
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee joined with the Senate Majority Policy Committee this week for a joint hearing to examine current challenges facing the natural gas industry.
In addition to passing legislation to address the local share issue in relation to casinos, the Senate took action on a bill this week that will help Pennsylvania comply with federal REAL ID mandates pertaining to state driver’s licenses and photo ID cards. Without legislation to meet these requirements, state driver’s licenses would no longer be accepted as a form of valid photo ID at airports, federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military installations.
Other bills approved this week include:
Senate Bill 510, which increases the penalty for threatening law enforcement officers or their family.
Senate Bill 108, which prohibits the discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.
Senate Bill 269, which amends the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.
Senate Bill 288, which would increase fines and suspend the licenses of repeat offenders of Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law.
Senate Bill 522, which amends Title 42 and Title 61 to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Senate Bill 523, which amends the Crime Victims Act to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
For more information on issues of importance to southwestern Pennsylvania, please visit my website at www.senatorbartolotta.com and connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/senatorbartolotta) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/senbartolotta).
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