In this Edition:
This week State Representative Rosemary Brown and I welcomed Mr. Michael Healey and his East Stroudsburg South AP Government class to the Capitol. This class continues to impress me with the breadth of their learning and understanding of many aspects of government and the legislative process. And thank you to Mr. Healey for his continued hands-on learning approach and passion for preparing his students for success.
Representatives of Pocono Raceway joined me in Harrisburg for Motorsports Day in PA this week. It was a pleasure joining the press conference announcing the appreciation day and reading an official resolution on the Senate Floor.
For the first time as a state senator, I had the opportunity to recognize a state champion sports team from my district - Nazareth Area High School's Wrestling team. It was my distinct honor to join PA State Rep. Joe Emrick in recognizing the team and their accomplishments. Nazareth secured the state championship and had two individual state champs- Sammy Sasso and Travis Stefanik. Head Coach Dave Crowell was also awarded PA Coach of the Year. Congratulations to all on an outstanding performance and tradition of excellence!
Senate Acts to Protect Gun Owners’ Rights
The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation I am co-sponsoring to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Senate Bill 5 prevents local jurisdictions from imposing firearms ordinances more restrictive than laws passed by the General Assembly. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 5 permits individuals and organizations to take court action to block restrictive local firearms ordinances that run counter to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution as well as the protections explicitly set by Pennsylvania’s Constitution and state laws.
Senate Approves Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners
The Senate on Wednesday took a major step to improve access to quality healthcare services in rural areas by approving a bill I am co-sponsoring to give full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).
Senate Bill 25 amends the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a doctor. Current law requires nurse practitioners to practice under a collaboration agreement at all times.
Several statewide and national advocacy organizations support full practice authority for nurse practitioners, including the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the National Academy of Medicine, AARP and the National Governors’ Association. Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C. have already adopted full practice authority for APRNs.
SB 25 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Legislation to Protect Child Victims of Human Trafficking Passes Senate
On Tuesday, the Senate approved “Safe Harbor” legislation I am so-sponsoring to require that sexually exploited children be diverted from the criminal justice system to more appropriate human services.
More than 100,000 children are exploited through prostitution in the United States each year. Adults psychologically manipulate these children, often with the use of illegal drugs. As a consequence, children have been charged with prostitution, drug possession, loitering, and other offenses that are inherently related to prostitution.Senate Bill 554 would require law enforcement to report to the Department of Human Services any encounter with a minor who has been subject to sexual exploitation. The Department will develop and implement a statewide protocol to deliver safe long-term housing, education, life-skills training, and counseling to the children who have been exploited.
Other Bills Approved by the Senate and Sent to the House
Senate Resolution 6 updates the comprehensive study of
fire and EMS issues completed in 2004.
Around the 40th District
"Week of the Young Child"
Matthew Cully of Troop 102
Monroe County Fireman's Association Memorial Service
West End Fire Company
The Senate will reconvene Monday, May 8 at 1 p.m. You can watch session live at PASenateGOP.com.
Follow Me on Facebook and Twitter!
If you have a public event benefiting our community in Monroe or Northampton Counties, please feel free to contact my office at (570) 620-4326 or by email email@example.com to include the event in my E-Newsletter at no charge. Requests should include details about the community event such as the time, location and the public purpose.
Senate Box 203040
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Northampton County Office