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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving
As we gather tomorrow with our loved ones to celebrate a national day of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all that we have to be thankful for this year. Individually, we should pause and call to mind the many blessings in our lives.
To everyone across the 23rd Senate District, I continue to appreciate the opportunity and support to serve you in the state Senate. I’m thankful for the love of family; my wife, two children, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
As a veteran, I am eternally grateful for our military who serve to protect our freedoms each and every day both at home and abroad. These men and women serve for a cause much greater than their own.
As you join together in good company this holiday season, I hope you may also reflect on the many things that bring you and your family happiness and joy this year.
I wish you a very warm beginning to your holiday season!
Fire Training Measure Introduced
Legislation has been introduced creating a pilot program between community colleges and secondary schools to provide fire training to students.
Senate Bill 955 would provide an incentive for community colleges to establish Fire Training within secondary schools during the school year.
This legislation is an offspring of the statewide Fire & EMS Study that was initiated as a result of legislation, Senate Resolution 6, which Senators Vulakovich and Costa introduced.
Senate and House Education Committees Hold Joint Hearing on State System
On November 15, the Senate and House Education Committees held a joint hearing focusing on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Strategic System Review.
Over the past year, the state system hired the National Center on Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to examine the current system and to provide recommendations for changes. As part of the hearing, members of the committees asked important questions related to their concerns about the report after hearing from University Presidents, the Chancellor’s office, and the faculty union.
State Grant to Improve Safety at Local School Awarded
Muncy School District has been awarded a Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $59,999.
The grants can be used for training and compensating school resource and police officers, plus pay for safety programs and equipment. The funding will augment local efforts and enhance education opportunities for all students, while bolstering safety programs that protect students, faculty, staff and visitors to area school districts.
“Talk to Your Senator” Statewide Video Contest Launched To Engage PA Students in Fighting Growing Drug Epidemic
Legislators have been seeking input on how to solve the heroin/opioid crisis, and we want to enlist the help of young people in our schools. Through this video contest, we hope to harness the creativity and perspective of students to help us craft policy and legislation to combat drug abuse.
“Talk to Your Senator” is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12 and will provide a total of $10,000 in cash prizes to winning entries that focus on ways to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among young people. Prize money will be awarded through the TAP 529 Account program in the PA Department of Treasury and will be deposited into a college savings account in the winner(s) name. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery.
Schools and students can find more information on the contest, including guidelines on submitting videos, content, judging, and prizes, at www.acommonwealthcrisis.com, a website established by the Pennsylvania Senate as a tool to provide information and resources on the heroin and opioid crisis.
PHEAA Encourages Recent College Grads to Prepare for Student Loan Repayment
Spring graduates are approaching the end of their six month grace period
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is reminding federal student loan borrowers who graduated in May or June that the six month grace period on their loan is ending and that loan repayment will soon begin.
New graduates typically take advantage of their six month grace period to find employment and get their finances in order before beginning repayment of their student loans.
Available repayment plans offer various benefits to federal student loan borrowers, such as Graduated Repayment with payments that are initially lower but increase later, and Income-Driven Repayment with flexible monthly payments based on loan debt, income and the number of people in their household.
For more information, click here.
Beware of Phone Calls Falsely Claiming to be from the Office of Attorney General
Scammers are spoofing an Office of Attorney General phone number in an attempt to get citizens to pay them money. Spoofing is a tactic which allows people to mimic the phone numbers of legitimate businesses on the receiving party’s caller ID.
Some of the scammers are posing as agents from the Office of Attorney General and fraudulently claiming the call recipient owes money. The calls appear to originate from the Attorney General’s office, but are actually coming from another phone number.
Other individuals reported scammers are using the “Grandparent Scam” from the same phone number. These callers falsely claim a grandchild of the call recipient is in jail and needs bail, or has been in an accident and needs funds. These scams frequently target senior citizens.
If you have received one of these fraudulent calls, please call the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection hotline at 800-441-2555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to file a complaint.
November Satellite Hours and Locations
As a means to better serve area residents through increased outreach efforts, the below hours and locations have been added to provide better opportunities for area residents to meet directly with a member of my staff.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Satellite Office hours provide area residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the senator’s staff to address state-related problems they may be encountering. A staff member will be able to offer assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs.
Constituent services are always available at Senator Yaw’s Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9AM-5PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772.