Nov. 08, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Governor Signs Three Schemel Bills


On Nov. 7, Gov. Tom Wolf signed three bills which I sponsored and have been working on for the last few years. House Bills 510, 511 and 512 will make it easier, faster and less costly for municipalities, municipal utilities and school districts to work together.

This legislation, which revises the intergovernmental cooperation statutes, will allow local government entities to make joint purchases, work cooperatively on projects such as road resurfacing, and share resources without having first to pass individual ordinances, a process that takes one to two months and costs thousands of dollars. The result is a savings of both time and money, which means that everybody wins.

These bills were inspired by my discussions with Washington Township and some of the frustrations it experienced under the existing law, which effectively made it impossible to pool resources with neighboring municipalities.
 
 
Be Cautious of Genetic Testing Offers

Genetic testing scams are rampant throughout the country. These are scams involving testing for inherited medical conditions.

I recently learned of a constituent who was scammed by this scheme. Medicare beneficiaries and others are being solicited at public venues and through phone calls, email and online ads.

Medicare officials tell me that the only genetic screening test that Medicare covers is a colorectal cancer screening test. Medicare covers other genetic tests as diagnostic services, meaning that a treating physician must order the test and use its results to manage a condition.

Be wary of genetic testing kits not ordered by your doctor.

Medicare beneficiaries can call 1-800-356-3606 for more information.
    
 
New Law Supports #GoodJobs4PA

Following through on our commitment to improve career and technical education (CTE) through our #GoodJobs4PA legislative package, a new state law will make the most significant reforms to our CTE laws in more than three decades.

Act 76 of 2019, which was signed into law last week, will help ensure our students are better prepared for success in the workforce while at the same time attracting employers and economic development to the Commonwealth.

To ensure students are well informed about their choices, the law expands an online database of articulation agreements so students know what courses may transfer between higher education institutions, and requires schools to give equal opportunity to both college and career presenters at career fairs. The measure also requires the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, with assistance from the Department of Education, to conduct a survey to determine the number and types of workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.

To support CTE programs financially, Act 76 sets into law guidelines for CTE equipment grants and establishes the Schools-to-Work Program within the Department of Labor and Industry to provide grants to pre-apprenticeship programs for the purpose of establishing or enhancing workforce development partnerships between schools, employers, organizations or associations to create employment and training pathways.
 
 
Ag and Youth Grant Program to Boost Industry’s Future

A grant program aimed at securing the future of the state’s agriculture industry is now accepting applications.

The Ag and Youth Grant Program, created by the General Assembly under Act 40 of 2019, provides direct and matching grants to help fund eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases conducted or made by organizations composed mainly of youth and organized to promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship.

Eligible projects include education or workforce development seminars or field trips; agricultural safety training programs; and capital projects or equipment purchases.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 29. Click here for additional information.
 
 
Thanking Our Veterans

Throughout the nation this weekend, communities will mark Veterans Day with a variety of parades, ceremonies and dedications.

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, first marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and sought to honor the veterans of the World War – the only world war to have occurred at that time. Armistice Day was declared a national holiday in 1938 to acknowledge world peace, and then renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to celebrate the contributions of veterans of all wars.

For more about the history of Veterans Day, click here.
 
 
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Veterans Day

PennDOT’s full-service center in Harrisburg and all of its driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. No additional fees are charged for using online services.
 
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