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Local Participants Honored During 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show
The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show showcased the very best of the state’s agriculture community – including two local participants who were recognized with scholarships. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for representing our communities so well during the largest indoor agricultural event on the East Coast!
James Hackinson from Hickory and Brittney Ross from Amity were two of the 28 participants who received 2018 PA Farm Show scholarships. Since its inception in 1993, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million to 528 students.
Aliquippa Awarded Community Revitalization Grant
A grant awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development will help redevelop land near the Aliquippa Industrial Park, clearing the way for new projects to create good-paying jobs. The grant will aid in the demolition of the three remaining commercial buildings on the eastern end of Franklin Avenue immediately adjacent to State Route 51.
More information about the grant is available here.
Governor Wolf toured the Mining Technology and Training Center in Ruff Creek, Greene County, with me to get a first-hand look at how a recent state grant will help displaced workers explore new career options in high-demand fields. I was pleased to advocate for this project as a way to ensure workers can access other family-sustaining jobs. Details on this grant can be found here.
Training Event Scheduled to Aid Identification, Prosecution of Animal Abuse
Last year, lawmakers approved a sweeping new law targeting individuals who abuse or neglect animals. A special training seminar in Beaver County will help local law enforcement, animal control, humane investigators, code enforcement officers, veterinarians and prosecutors understand the new law and hold abusers accountable.
The training event is scheduled for January 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beaver County Emergency Services building at 351 14th Street in Ambridge. Topics of discussion will include the investigation of cruelty and animal fighting complaints, from first response through prosecution.
Registration and additional information is available by emailing LawEnforcementTraining@humanesociety.org.
New Year Brings Unique Opportunities for State Lawmakers
As the calendar rolls over to 2018, the General Assembly faces a number of challenges in protecting our communities and improving the quality of life for all state residents.
I remain focused on exploring new ways to address the heroin and opioid addiction crisis that has already caused too much pain and suffering in communities across the state. We have made some progress on this issue in recent years, including allocating new funding for treatment centers, limiting opioid prescriptions written in emergency rooms, protecting Good Samaritans who seek help for overdose victims, helping addicted inmates get clean, and making life-saving medications more widely available to those who need them.
Despite these encouraging steps, it is clear that we need to do more to curb the impact of this crisis and help prevent more lives from being lost to this epidemic. I am a sponsor of a bill that could ensure patients have access to a broader range of treatment options. The bill would open new paths to recovery by requiring treatment facilities to focus on a patient-centered approach that considers the unique needs of each individual, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach that may not work for every person. I have also sponsored a bill to crack down on drug dealers who have caused serious bodily injuries.
I am hopeful that in addition to addressing the opioid crisis, lawmakers will also consider stronger measures to erase another scourge on our communities – domestic violence. Several tragic stories in our area have shined a light on the need to better protect victims.
I have introduced two bills to bring us closer to that goal. The first – named Tierne’s Law in honor of Washington County resident Tierne Ewing, who was killed by her estranged husband in 2015 – would give judges more tools to decide when abusers pose a continued threat to their victims and should be denied bail. Another bill I introduced last year would aid in the relocation of domestic violence victims who are living in public housing if staying in the unit would create a continued threat.
The Senate has already passed Tierne’s Law and sent the bill to the House of Representatives, and I am hopeful we will also consider the domestic violence relocation measure in the near future.
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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